Our Mission, Background and What’s Happening Today

The mission of Maturity and Its Muse is to promote positive, productive aging through the arts. In addition to outreach and collaboration with other arts organizations, we put together groundbreaking exhibits and activities spotlighting nationally recognized senior artists. We also create film, books and interactive media to raise awareness of and inspire participation of seniors in the arts. We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

Our first program was our Maturity and Its Muse exhibition and film which opened at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis in October 2010 and ran until February 2011, with a tour thereafter. Our A Means to Meaning show featured a collaboration between senior visual artists and poets at the Regional Arts Commission in early 2012. Also in 2012, we were proud to collaborate with Craft Alliance curating Without Boundaries, Transformations in American Craft, a national show of 40 artists. The show was fascinating as it depicted the transformations each had made in their art through the years.

Our Kemper Art Reaches Everyone (KARE), begun as pilot in collaboration with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, is now starting its sixth year at the Kemper! The success of this outreach to caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s disease, has encouraged our Executive Director, Lynn Friedman Hamilton to develop new programs and partnerships, for example:  with the Missouri Botanical Garden (Memories@MoBot), the St. Louis County Library system, David Marchant of the Washington University Dance Department (Memory in Motion), the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Washington University in St. Louis Music Department.  Please contact us for additional information about participation in any of these programs.

We take great pride in our partnerships. With the City of Creve Coeur Arts Committee, this September we presented the Fourth Annual Silver Screen Series: Films Celebrating Creative Aging Through the Arts (please see sidebar for this year’s list of films and dates to be shown). Our Silver Stages Series: Mature St. Louis Performers for Mature St. Louis Audiences, a partnership with The Missouri History Museum also begins it’s fourth season this fall. (please see sidebar for Coming Attractions).

And our very newist! The second Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement, a community wide festival to take place April 20-April 30, 2017. Look for updates of this and everything else in  in Musings, our blog, and on our calendar. You won’t want to miss it!

Former gallery-owner and entrepreneur Lynn Friedman Hamilton has extensive experience in the art world in St. Louis. Long a champion of older artists, before forming Maturity and Its Muse, Lynn spent more than a quarter of a century organizing social group activities for older artists and adults.  Maturity and its Muse began as her way of exploring the question of how the resourceful, energetic lives and experiences of mature, seasoned artists can serve as positive, productive examples of aging for all of us.

Lynn’s activities and interests in improving the quality of life for seniors earned her the 2016 Woman of Achievement award in recognition of her Services to Older Adults.

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