Apr 22

You are invited to be a ballerina for the morning

Please join Vanessa Woods, director of Vitality Ballet for this FREE exercise program on Thursday, April 25
PS. I’ll be there, too. Kim Hudson of Fox2 News joined us to have fun and give this a shout out. Hope you will as well…ballet steps are all the rage for a wonderful way to exercise.

Vanessa Woods teaching Vitality Ballet. Pratt + Kreidich Photography.

10:30am / “Enjoy being a dancer for a day!” Vitality Ballet Exercise Class / COCA — Center of Creative Arts, 524 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA (map)

Vitality Ballet Exercise Class. Come enjoy being a dancer for the day! Vitality Ballet will be participating in this year’s Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival by hosting a modified ballet exercise class open to the community. The class will consist of ballet steps and stretches all set to music working on posture, flexibility, coordination, balance and strength. The class will be taught by a former professional dancer and can be done seated or standing to accommodate all levels. No dance experience is necessary. Guests are encouraged to wear something they’re comfortable moving in. Class to be held in the newly-renovated Staenberg Performance Lab. The Millstone Gallery will be open for attendees to visit after the class. Parking available in the nearby garage. For additional information, please contact: Vanessa Woods info@vitalityballet.com

Apr 15

Saturday, April 20 at St. Louis County Library, you are invited to come experience Maturity and Its Muse

Saturday, April 20 at St. Louis County Library, please come experience “Maturity and Its Muse: the power of aging creatively!”

Panel members will be stars from our film: Phillip Dennis, MD, Sun Smith-Foret, Barbara Holtz, and Suzanne Marshall.
Looking forward to greeting you there!

Apr 08

Thank you “West End Word” for wonderful words about 4th annual CASEfest

CASEfest Arts Event April 18-28 In St. Louis

10-day festival features more than 50 events

  • Apr 3, 2019

CASEfest – Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement – will be held April 18-28 in venues across St. Louis. Now in its fourth year, CASEfest is the premier area-wide festival dedicated to art and seniors in the region.

More than 50 events, including lectures, art shows, performances, theater and classes will take place at dozens of venues during the 10-day event. CASEfest offers opportunities for senior involvement in the arts and encourages increased quality of life experiences.

Presented by the nonprofit Maturity and Its Muse, CASEfest will showcase creative work, promote arts-related aging programs and feature positive images of and for the senior community to build respect and understanding between generations.

From the Saint Louis Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and other area galleries to St. Louis County Library branches and more, events can be found for people of all abilities and interests, including intergenerational opportunities.

Among a host of events is a documentary screening April 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., featuring “Maturity and Its Muse: The Power of Aging Creatively.” A panel discussion follows, with an engaging group of notable St. Louisans including artist Sun Smith-Foret, one of the founders of the West End Word newspaper.

Events are continuously being added; find an up-to-date calendar online at maturityanditsmuse.org/calendar. The majority of events are free; however, a few may cost or ask for pre-registration.

CASEfest is sponsored by Maturity and Its Muse, a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization that promotes positive, productive aging through the arts.

Visit maturityanditsmuse.org for more information.

Mar 18

The Silver Stages: Have YOU Heard What They Are Saying?

Hi everybody. Last week we hosted “Forever Young.” How wonderful that the chorale groups received the accolades they deserved. Comments ranged from:

“I just wanted to thank you again…

We all left with a happy head and heart. The singers and conductor were

Delightful” ~ S.C

“What a wonderful way to hear our favorite…Oklahoma!” ~ M.P.

“Thank you for a beautiful morning.” ~ J.H.

Hope you were in our audience. If you couldn’t make it, please save Wednesday morning April 3 for MPAC!

MPAC                                                                                Wednesday, April 3

The Missouri Pageant Alumnae Club (MPAC). These Award winning, talented, and gorgeous gals are state & US. pageant award winning singers, dancers, baton twirlers, piano players.

E. Desmond Lee Auditorium               

The Missouri History Museum Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park  

Doors Open: 10:00 AM                                                              Performance: 10:30-11:30AM Admission is Free                                                                       

Handicapped Accessible

Information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444                       


We are “Making St. Louis a great place to artfully age!”

Maturity and Its Muse gratefully acknowledges the support of the Delmar Gardens Family

in making these programs happen.

Feb 13

Announcing 2019 Spring/Summer Silver Stages Series

I am excited to announce our 2019 Spring/Summer Silver Stages Series Performance Schedule. The programs are fabulous! Looking forward to seeing you the Missouri History Museum…

Program for 2019 Spring/Summer Silver Stages Series

Jan 13

“The Oldest Old” John Leland, The New York Times

I have been following this series: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/nyregion/a-group-portrait-of-new-yorks-oldest-old.html since its inception almost four years ago. If you have not, I urge you you to do so. The stories offer hope, love, and an upclose personal look at six varied persons’ aging process tinged with a great deal of poignancy. Mr. Leland writes with kindness and respect for each individual. I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about this.

Jan 05

Stray Dog Silver Senior Theatre Auditions Next Week

Silver Stage Senior Theatre

The Silver Stage Senior Theatre program by Stray Dog Theatre presents an annual production, featuring a cast of actors exclusively over the age of 55 years old and a production team largely composed of professional and pre-professional young adult artists. The next production will be William Shakespeare’s Macbeth in May 2019. Silver Stage hopes to provide the experience of theatre to older adults, regardless of ability, age, experience, or background, and create a network of mature performers who can become an active and vibrant part of our theatre community for years to come.

Auditions for Macbeth will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019.  As always, Stray Dog Theatre honors diversity and non-traditional casting practices.

No experience is necessary! Whether you’re a seasoned actor or a first timer, we want to work with you. Anyone aged 55 and over who can provide their own transportation to and from rehearsals and performances and are interested in theatre can audition!

for additional information, please visit www.straydogtheatre.org


Jan 04

“Seeing the World, The Power of Aging Creatively: 8 Artists Over 80.”


Dealers, curators and gallerists are in intense competition to find the next breakout star, usually the younger the better, with contests abounding for emerging artists. But what happens when an artist passes the prime of their youth, but not the prime of their creativity? Wikipedia lists an astounding 127 names of visual artists worldwide that produced work up to the age 100 or beyond. These eight inspirational artists have found the motivation to create, every day, year after year, into their eighth decade or further, and are still inventing new ways to see the world.~Cynthia Close, Art and Object.com

Read on through the link below…this makes me proud of where I am in life and what I hope to have to look forward to. You, too?



Nov 27

The Silver Stages is Wednesday, December 5



Maturity and Its Muse

In Partnership with The Missouri History Museum

Proudly Presents

The Silver Stages Series:

Performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans

Our final FABULOUS program for Fall 2018

We promise you and your friends will ♥ love ♥ this!


MPAC on Wednesday, December 5

The Missouri Pageant Alumnae Club (MPAC) will lead off our holiday season. Award winning, talented, and gorgeous gals are state & US. pageant award winning singers, dancers, baton twirlers, piano players.

Come join me in the fun and celebrate the season with Joy!


      The Missouri History Museum

  1. Desmond Lee Auditorium       

                                                           Doors Open: 10:00 AM                                                      

Performance: 10:30-11:30AM

                                                      Admission is Free                                                     

Handicapped Accessible

Information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444 lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org

Making St. Louis a great place to artfully age!

Maturity and Its Muse gratefully acknowledges the support of the Delmar Gardens Family in making this program happen.


Nov 15

Calling all Silver Screen Series Movie Goers…its The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Hello All! Our final film of the FREE 2018 Silver Screen Series will be on Monday, November 19. I’m inviting you to come on over & see Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett together in a fabulous film all about the art and science of aging. Please make this a red letter event on your calendars…after all, it’ll be 10 months ☹ until our next FREE film. Plus, we will have Gary Bell, artistic director of Stray Dog Theatre, one of THE most well respected and famous folks in the St. Louis theatre world, leading our discussion. Hmm. Brad, Cate, & Gary…a triumvirate not to be equaled. 😊 Looking forward to seeing you at the movies. Lynn

Curious Case Half Page Flyer


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