Art Program Blooms with Mia

A group of persons served by Opportunity Partners has started off their summer with a new artistic adventure! Through the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s (Mia) new Vitality Arts program, the group is learning how to create their own botanical paintings.

Man sitting on a chair admiring a large paintingThe program is funded by a grant from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, which was awarded to only nine museums across the country. Through Vitality Arts, Mia is providing artistic workshops to different groups of adults ages 55+, including a group from OP.

Mia works with the groups to create the curriculum for each workshop and follows a sequential skill building model each week, culminating in a final project. OP’s group began with a preview of Mia’s Art in Bloom exhibition before its opening, where they were able to watch the artists craft their floral creations.

Woman holding a bouquet of flowersLed by MCAD art teacher Michael Gaughan, the group was taught an introduction to drawing, color mixing and floral assemblage. They will conclude with a final botanical gouache painting. “They’re a wonderful group, their willingness to try something new is really great to see,” said Julie Bourman, Mia’s Vitality Arts Coordinator.

The group will celebrate their final projects with a small exhibition in June, and will be able to see their works alongside the other Vitality Arts projects in a larger exhibition in the fall.

Written by Julia Zerull, Communications & Engagement Coordinator