Introducing ... Life Enrichment at Brush Creek Community Center
Life Enrichment at Brush Creek Community Center provides opportunities for older adults to engage in artistic expression and creative exploration. Professional, Kansas City-based artists teach a variety of the highest quality visual and performing arts classes.
Life Enrichment is part of the revitalization of Brush Creek Community Center. The goal is for it to become a hub of creative aging and lifelong learning programs that positively impact health and wellness. Life Enrichment and Creative Aging programming is made possible through a unique Community Partnership between Arts & AGEing KC and Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department.
Jewelry Design with Clarissa Knighten (Mondays at 10:30am)
Courageous - Self taught - Jewelry Art Entrepreneur Clarissa Knighten left Corporate America in August 2017 to pursue her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D)R.A.D creates a haven for those who seek to collect and wear bold beautiful art. She strives to handcraft masterpieces of jewelry that range from Earthy to Edgy to Elegant. Leather, cowrie shells, tree branches, rocks, wire, various weights of metal, gemstones even buttons can be found in her work. Each piece has the ability to transform any outfit, while at the same time lifting the emotional expression of the wearer. This creates higher self - image, confidence and savvy attitude needed to navigate the complex and dynamic world we live in today. Her jewelry has a voice and an expressive story of resilience.Clarissa recently participated in her first runway show with Kansas City Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2019, KC Studio Magazine September / October 2018 with the African American Artist Collective, KC Studio Magazine May /June 2018 edition has a photograph of her work for Black Space Black Art, Guild It - Presenter, Global Entrepreneurship Week - Presenter and Vintage KC Magazine advertised her work in the 2016 Holiday addition.She serves on the Friends of the Arts Council at the Nelson Atkins Museum, also is a active member of InterUrban ArtHouse and African American Artist Collective.“I would like to help people understand jewelry is art. Wearable art, art in every form heals.” -Clarissa
Cooking Up Confidence with Karen Boyd (Tuesdays at 3:00pm – Starting June 4th)
A Culinary Arts based enrichment program designed to increase interest in healthy food preparation through hands-on, experiential application. Provides cultural context for the food preparation experience with home replication that engages family and friends
Read more about: Karen Boyd
Heartfelt Drumming for All led by Cathy Burchett (Thursdays at 1:00pm – Starting May 23rd)
Studies show that drumming reduces blood pressure, anxiety and stress, increases brain matter and cognitive function, and it’s better than Prozac for combatting depression! Besides, it’s fun!! Let’s make a joyful noise together while we reconnect with ourselves and each other! In this 8-week class, we will be learning drum rhythms from cultures around the world – West African, Middle Eastern, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American. No experience required. All are welcome. If you have a drum, please bring it! If no, we will provide drums and other percussion instruments for you to use during class.
Read more about: Cathy Burchett
Rekindle Creativity with Textiles and More led by Nedra Bonds (Wednesdays at 1:00pm –Starting May 22nd)
Let’s play the role of ‘elder’, the way our grandmas and their friends used to do. Do you want to know what they did when they ‘sent us out of the room’? Let’s imagine as we learn to rekindle creativity, using fiber techniques, on fabric and paper. Choose the project you wish to make, just the way you like it. There will also be music, snacks, and FUN!
Read more about: Nedra Bonds
Photography with Jason Piggie (Wednesdays at 3:00pm – Starting June 5th)
Photography is everywhere, but how can you tell what a is good and what is bad photography. This basic digital photography workshop will explore that ideal and more. We will dive into what is digital photography, how can you use it to capture great images and how can this skill enhance your current understanding of other photographer images.
Read more about: Jason Piggie
Dance and Gentle Movement with Kyle Mullins (Thursdays at 10:30am – Starting June 6th)
In this class we will cultivate a joy of movement. We will begin by connecting to our bodies through a series of gentle warm-ups and moving meditations. We will then move through the space with movement sequences mined from Modern Dance and Improvisatory practices. Throughout class we will focus on balance, coordination, sequencing, and expression. Using both movement and music we will stimulate our creativity and foster greater mind-body connectivity in an uplifting environment that is inclusive of all bodies and abilities.
Read more about: Kyle Mullins
Poetry & Creative Writing Workshops with Michael Patton (Tuesdays at 10:30 – Starting June 4th)
The Arts & AGEing Poetry Workshop will allow writers to create poems that will examine their personal life experiences. The workshop will provide a forum for the writers to explore their experiences of living in a society impacted by issues surrounding Race. For black writers they can explore what it is like “living while black” in America. Non-black writers will explore their feelings about living in a society where Race dominates the entire culture. Topics will include: The Black experience from segregation to integration, Defining the evolution of black identity, Why black history?, Hopes for the future, Disappointments in living in a “post racial America”, Societal rule changes concerning gender issues, Memories of times past that can inform the future, What it means to be an “identity”. Writers will create monologues or work with others to create dialogues to enhance the storytelling. The hope is to create a body of work with a group of writers who have lived through historical times and share these reflections with people of all ages in the community.
Read more about: Michael Patton
Visual Art with Rodrigo Alverez (Thursdays at 3:00pm – Starting May 30th)
This 8-week class focuses on ‘the many faces of color’ in the visual art of painting with acrylics. Mastering color can be a complex matter for beginners – but with Arts & AGEing Teaching Artist Rico Alverez it promises pleasure and fun! Rico simplifies processes of ‘getting to know color’ as everyone get acquainted with inspiring palettes. Tap into your hidden talents. Come and explore the faces of color. Join us for painting, music and snacks! No experience necessary!
Read more about: Rodrigo Alverez
Art & Yoga Flow with Dr. Auburn Ellis (Mondays at 10:30am – Starting June 10th) **This class is located at Martin Luther King Village**
Art & Yoga Flow is a cross-disciplinary workshop that is geared toward awakening dormant channels of your mind and body. Yoga and art are both growing global practices that welcome all type of students, educators, ages and body types. The workshop will begin with an all level, beginner friendly yoga class, followed by art-making. Yoga practice can be personalized to include a chair or strictly eye movement. Through the movement of yoga, we are able to find stillness and remove blocks. When our mind is calm, we tap into our most creative selves. Afterward, we dive into mediums of art including-but not limited to-painting and clay. Participating in visual art making provides positive recreation and stimulating kinesthetic opportunities for participants. No art or yoga experience necessary to participate. Join Dr. Auburn to find your flow!
Read more about: Dr. Auburn Ellis
Several options for getting involved.
Purchase a KC Parks & Recreation one-year membership ($200 - $300) and receive full access to all Life Enrichment programs and classes for the entire year.
Purchase a KC Parks & Recreation monthly membership ($20 - $30) and receive full access to all Life Enrichment programs and classes for one month.
Purchase KC Parks & Recreation daily one-class passes ($3 - $5) and receive access to all classes held on one single day. For a limited time, all persons over age 60 can join classes at no cost.