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Friendship, Taubman Musuem & Wasena Elementary Form Intergenerational Partnership

Senior living community, art museum and elementary school learn about art and each other

ROANOKE, Va. (December 17, 2018) – Friendship, a local leader in senior living and rehabilitation, has partnered with the Taubman Museum of Art and Wasena Elementary School to create an intergenerational program. The purpose of the collaboration is to encourage learning and friendship across generations through the medium of artwork.

Wasena’s first grade students have been visiting the Taubman every month since October, and the Taubman has visited Friendship South every month as well. During these sessions, the students and residents have created a “pen-pal” relationship in creating works for each other while participating in art history lessons. Both the senior living community and school are displaying each other’s artwork in their buildings.

On Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m., the two groups came together for the first time at Friendship South, located on Starkey Road in Cave Spring. They learned about Erik E. Fitzpatrick, a Roanoke artist who is ambidextrous. The lesson was followed by crafts that encouraged the participants to interact with their partners and use both hands in creating art. It didn’t take long for the students and residents to start sharing art supplies and stories.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Taubman Museum and Wasena Elementary,” said Joe Hoff, Friendship President and CEO. “The residents and students have so much to teach and learn from each other. We are also extremely fortunate to have the Taubman Museum, who is eager to invest and help create a love and appreciation of art with both audiences.”

The program will continue through March 2019, with a second and final session between the groups already scheduled.