Our mission is to create opportunities for people age 55 and up to participate in the performing arts, regardless of their previous experience. Through the stories we tell, we will honor the wisdom we gather as we age, and celebrate the experience of getting older.
We’re accepting submissions for our New Works Festival for plays by playwrights age 55 and up, which will run September 23-25 at Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts in Ramsey, MN
This program will benefit participants cognitively and socially through the application of an intentional curriculum that teaches skills in theatre arts. The teaching artists and leaders at Northern Starz hope that participants will feel welcome to be creative thinkers, try new activities, and leave each class with a sense of accomplishment.
The act of engaging in a socially-based activity that educates and challenges older adults is imperative in maintaining and potentially improving mood, memory, and overall wellness. While older adults anecdotally recognize these benefits, research supports it. Engaging in novel cognitive, physical, and social activities increases neural connections in the brain, connections that deteriorate with age. Participants are not sitting and listening to a lecture; instead, they are physically (within their limitations) and mentally engaging in each class to practice what is being taught.
The Golden Starz Creating Aging program is funded in part by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.