Sep 16

“Still Alice” begins the Silver Screen Series tomorrow, Monday September 17


The Silver Screen Series begins tomorrow at 1pm. I’m attaching all the info about the who, what, where, when, and, of course….you are aware of the why…to enjoy an afternoon at the movies, have fun, and if interested, stay for a meaningful discussion. Hope to see you and your friends tomorrow at the movies…AMC Creve Coeur 12. Thanks for your interest and support of what we do!

Cheers to you! Lynn

Silver Screen Series 2018 FINAL

Guest Speakers Announced for Sixth Annual Silver Screen Series

Sep 10

Guest Speakers Announced for Sixth Annual Silver Screen Series

Guest Speakers Announced for Sixth Annual Silver Screen Series

Maturity and Its Muse, and the City of Creve Coeur Arts Committee, is proud to announce the guest discussion leaders for the sixth annual Silver Screen Series. The free film series focuses on films that explore positive aging themes, and each film concludes with an optional discussion between attendees and guest discussion leaders.
The films and guest discussion leaders are:

     SEPTEMBER 17: Film: Still Alice When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, renowned linguistic professor Dr. Alice Howland must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Discussion leader: Alzheimer’s Association The discussion leader will offer her personal experiences as a care giver and volunteer from the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis. The Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout the community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals and families.

     OCTOBER 15: Film: Nebraska When cantankerous old buzzard Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) receives a sweepstakes notice in the mail and insists on making a 750-mile trip to Lincoln, Neb., to collect his prize, it falls to baffled son David (Will Forte) to accompany him. Discussion leader: Jan McGillick, MA, SW, LNHA – Director of Community Engagement at Dolan Memory Care Homes Jan McGillick has had a lifelong passion advocating for older adults. She received her Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Chicago and later served as Education Director and Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Education Institute. McGillick now works at the Dolan Memory Care Homes, building programs that meet the psychosocial needs of the Dolan residents through aging in place and end of life care.

     NOVEMBER 19: Film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flickers in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer (Cate Blanchett). Discussion leader: Gary F. Bell, Artistic Director of Stray Dog Theatre Gary F. Bell has done it all, from acting to directing to teaching, and is currently the Artistic Director and founder of the Stray Dog Theatre in St. Louis. Before moving to St. Louis in 2000, Bell attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and joined the American Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is also a celebrated playwright, recognized by the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference for his play, Justice for Justine.

In previous years, the film screenings were held every Monday in September. Starting this year, the Silver Screen Series will instead be presented on the third Monday of each month — September 17, October 15, and November 19. All film screenings will be held at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd., from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Thanks to the generosity of AMC Creve Coeur 12 and the City of Creve Coeur, the Silver Screen Series is offered free of charge to the public. These events would not be possible without the support of our community partners: Oasis, Cinema St. Louis, The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University, and VOYCE.

For more information on the series, please contact Lynn Hamilton at or (314) 420-1444 or Melissa Orscheln at or (314) 442-2081.

Aug 11

Tom Brady, St. Louis Performing Artist Extraordinaire, Presents “Prism”

Prism at Sartori

Aug 01

“Exploring Alzheimer’s” Lived Experiences presentation on August 28 at St Louis County Library

Hello All.

The St. Louis County Library, Alzheimer’s Association, and Maturity and Its Muse will present “Exploring Alzheimer’s: Lived Experiences” at 6pm on Tuesday, August 28 @ 6pm, Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh 63131. There will be a presentation by Dr. Lonni Schicker (recently featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch). The evening will include a panel discussion and a Q & A. Seating is open. Admission is Free. Reservations are requested.

Please share the attached flyer with those you think might have an interest in this special program.

Thank you! Lynn

Exploring Alzheimer’s Series Presentation on August 28

Jul 24

Announcing our 2018 Silver Screen Series Lineup

Wonderful films, New dates, Same terrific location: AMC Creve Coeur 12. And, as always, FREE Admission. Featuring “Still Alice,” Monday, September 17, “Nebraska,” Monday, October 15 and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,”Monday, November 19. For additional details, please see our Media Advisory attached.Films Announced for Sixth Annual Silver Screen Series

Jun 14

Promoting Quality of Life through Art #swelelderly #artistmuse #makingstlouisagreatplacetoartfullyage

Thank you to the Institute of Public Health at Washington University for inviting me to contribute my thoughts on the quality of life enhancements that the arts’ engender to their May 2018 blog. I am happy to share these thoughts here. Thanks for reading, sharing, and participating in your favorite art form and/or enjoying a new one.

Promoting Quality of Life through Art

May 16, 2018

By Lynn Friedman Hamilton, Maturity and Its Muse

The 2018 theme for Older Americans Month, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I engage in my community by sharing my passion for art — and its benefits — with others.

Research has illustrated that participation in activities that encourage creative engagement in a social environment have positive physical and psychological benefits for people of all ages. For example, a RAND report, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts, highlights findings about the instrumental benefits of the arts including improved physical and mental health for older adults and increased social interaction among community members. In addition the RAND review supported the intrinsic benefits of the arts including expanded capacity for empathy and cognitive growth. Singing, dancing, or playing the banjo are all activities that can bring pleasure, improve wellbeing, and help create social bonds.

As an entrepreneur, former gallery-owner, and a lifelong supporter of arts programming in St. Louis, my experience in the art world has provided an opportunity to champion older artists and organize events for people to explore art and opportunities for creative engagement. In 2009, I founded Maturity and Its Muse, a community driven non-profit dedicated to improving the minds, health, wellness, and quality of life for older adults in the St. Louis region. Engaging participants in different modes of art — from watching and discussing a film to participatory art — is the main goal of Maturity and Its Muse.

Maturity and Its Muse was founded with its eponymous exhibit in 2010 at the St. Louis’ Sheldon Arts Gallery. Since this show, we have held two subsequent iterations, including the current, “Maturity and Its Muse: Celebrating Artistic Experience” now on view at Art Saint Louis until May 24. This juried exhibit features the work of 32 regional artists over the age of 70.

Other ongoing programs that we have established include the Kemper Art Reaches Everyone (KARE) program, developed in collaboration with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. KARE is designed for adults with early to moderate Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In this one-hour, multisensory program, participants engage with four or five pieces of art in the museum’s galleries. The KARE program is free and available to memory care groups upon request to either the museum or by contacting me.

In September 2018, my organization, along with community partners, will present the Sixth Annual Silver Screen Series:  Films Celebrating Creative Aging Through the Arts. Our Silver Stages Series:  Mature St. Louis Performers for Mature St. Louis Audiences, a partnership with the Missouri History Museum, will also begin its sixth season of performances.

Among our programs with ongoing partnerships are events with the St. Louis County Library and our Memories@MoBot monthly program developed with the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our latest endeavor, Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement, a community-wide festival with 50 partner organizations presenting 82 programs, completed its third year in April 2018.

In addition to my work connecting people to opportunities for engagement, I specialize in connecting organizations to other organizations where there can be a synergy in creative service that will benefit older adults. I also aim to highlight how the lives and experiences of mature, seasoned artists can serve as positive, productive examples of aging for all of us. One such artist is Barbara Holtz (age 94), whose two artworks are featured in the current exhibit at Art Saint Louis.

Barbara Holtz, featured artist at “Maturity and Its Muse: Celebrating Artistic Experience,” Art Saint Louis, April 21, 2018. Photo Credit:  Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff.


I am continually envisioning new opportunities for creative engagement and organizations with which to collaborate. Learn more about Maturity and Its Muse on my website and do not hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to discuss an opportunity for partnership or to connect to current programs. Our programs and events are free and open to the public.

For additional resources for creative engagement, check out:

Editor’s Note:  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. In 2017, Lynn was recognized by the Gladys & Henry Crown Center for Senior Living as “a pioneer in local efforts to promote the arts among older adults.”

This post is part of the “Older Adults & Aging” series of the Institute for Public Health’s blog. Subscribe to email updates or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive notifications about our latest blog posts.


Jun 03

#Artist Muse: Nell Painter. at age 64, goes from professor at Princeton to art student at Rutgers University #swellelder, #productiveaging


Wonderful and inspiring reading in the June 1 Hyperallergic blog:

Cheers to Nell! Thank you for being an amazing role model for all. Love and admire your desire to successfully challenge yourself post retirement. You are a true example of #productive aging we can all emulate.


“Learning To Be a Painter at 64

After retiring as a professor of American history from Princeton University, Nell Painter embarked on a new chapter of her life: to become a practicing artist.

Ilene Dube 3 days ago

Nell Painter

photograph by John Emerson (all images courtesy of Nell Painter)


PRINCETON, NJ — After retiring as a professor of American history from Princeton University, Nell Painter embarked on a new chapter of her life: to become a practicing artist. Her Ph.D. from Harvard wouldn’t be enough to get her into a good MFA program, so at the age of 64, the author of four books including the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, enrolled as an undergraduate at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. And while others her age may have been satisfied with taking painting classes through the local community college or continuing ed program (or even at the senior center) Painter applied the earnestness that had driven her through her scholarly career all the way through completion of a BFA at Mason Gross and then an M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. No little old lady painting flowers in vases is she.
Old in Art School to be published by Counterpoint Press in June 2018, is the memoir that chronicles Painter’s journey toward achieving what her name suggests.

The book is beautifully written, fun and funny, describing how, after a life of overcoming unfair treatment as a black woman, she is now fighting the discrimination of being OLD, black, and female. The book is filled with anecdotes like one about waiting at for a train in New Brunswick and being approached by an 18-year-old art student in a little skirt who asks “Just how old are you?”
And then there’s the one professor who’s determined to teach her that she will never be an artist. “You may show your work. You may have a gallery. You may sell your work. You may have collectors,” he tells her, but adds that she lacks the “essential component, the ineffable inner quality necessary to truly be An Artist.”
Full disclosure: I have a running fantasy of starting over and going to art school — and I’m 64. Reading Painter’s account reminds me of something an art professor once warned: going to art school may very well kill the artist in you!
Painter struggles to keep her creative juices flowing. “That contented concentration is what I love about making art,” she writes.
I don’t call it fun. My non-artist friends would invariably ask … was I having fun? True, art can feel like play, can actually be play. But I’d say fun is too frivolous (a) word for the contentment, the concentration, the peace of mind I experience when I draw or paint …
Old in Art School appeals not just to those who dream about becoming late-in-life artists, but anyone who grapples with how to direct their energies post-retirement. In this sense, being an “artist” is more about designing your life, defying the kind of giving up that retiring sometimes implies. Being retired doesn’t mean being retiring, but rather is a turning point, a chance to pursue a new direction not yet explored.

Painter’s artwork has been exhibited at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Brooklyn Historical Society, Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey, and SUNY Genesco, but perhaps her greatest work of art is this memoir, providing an inside look at the hurdles to becoming an artist at any age.
There are interesting anecdotes about those who inspire her: Faith Ringgold, Alice Neel, Romare Bearden, Betty Saar, Maira Kalman, and Sonia Delauney, among them. At times, in her generous attempt to share her art education, she becomes a bit didactic, but this is inevitable given how studious she is. It’s not enough to go to art school; she also spends weekends in intensive classes at the New York Academy of Art.
When one of her professors speaks of her own Yale assignment to complete 100 drawings, Painter’s fellow students groan as she imposes the challenge on herself — and mind you, this was taken up while writing “The History of White People,” chairing various scholarly organizations and flying back and forth to the West Coast to care for elderly parents. She incorporates her feelings about her dying parents in her work, only to have a teacher call it “dreary.”
Even when she makes the final visit to see her mother before she dies, Painter brings chapters of her book to review, and while she had aspirations to draw her mother dying, in the end she cannot, fearing the artmaking would separate her from the experience.

Indeed art school does seem to be killing the artist in her — especially when fellow students don’t share her interest in the black aesthetic, black artists and her defense of the role of women in art. “The lack of concern for what I was groping toward, for what I was trying to do, deflated me.” When other students get disheartened they want to go home, but Painter can’t go home (her saintly husband holds down the fort in Newark) — this is what she’s here to do.
She shines a light on some of the ways old people, with partners and professions, don’t fit in, such as at residential art programs like Skowhegan, which she writes is rife with:
exuberant young people creating art intensively, expressively in gigantic gestures and series of all-night wonders of solitary and cooperative imagination … tattooed art kids bounding around in shorts and flipflops … annoyed by misunderstood rules, propelled by hormonal surges, drinking and drugging and fucking in the bushes, throwing up in their studios.
She finds herself surrounded by Korean students whose parents sent them to RISD based on its US News & World Report ranking. While Painter set out to make art school the icing on the cake of her life, in the end she describes grad school as an exercise in humiliation. A self-described fuddy duddy, her young classmates do help her to loosen up.

Painter dwells a bit much on being self-conscious about becoming an artist, about how to dress as an artist and achieve the look of an artist — it’s almost as if her agent instructed her to add those details to seem more human. It’s hard to picture this stalwart woman succumbing to straightening her hair. When you’re an OLD artist you take drastic measures to be well looked upon by colleagues less than half your age. The attention to beauty routines is to impress younger colleagues. Even as Painter talks about embracing aging, it’s apparent that for her, going to art school at this stage of life is a way of seeking the fountain of youth.
In the end, she doesn’t really make a case for choosing art school late in life. Had she not been so academically oriented, her own knowledge, insights, and efforts might have taken her more directly toward her goal. But then we would not have the rich experience of riding along on this journey with her.
Old in Art School is to be published by Counterpoint Press in June 2018.

To see images of Painter’s art please go to:

Learning To Be a Painter at 64

May 31

Look// Read//Listen: Commentary: Creativity and aging can go hand in hand when it comes to the arts By NANCY KRANZBERG • MAR 2, 2018

For a “Look//Read//Listen commentary, Nancy Kranzberg recently featured those of us  “of a certain age.” And, speaking for my swellelder self, it’s a wonderful age to be. Here’s the link to learn more, from Nancy, about how the arts can enable us to skip happily through our senior years. Thanks to Nancy for setting the pace in such an artfully glam way.

Nancy Kranzberg

May 28

The Silver Stages Series presents St. Louis Strutters #swellelderly #stlouis @mohistorymuseum



The Missouri History Museum

Proudly Present

The Silver Stages Series

“Mature St. Louis Performers for Mature St. Louis Audiences”

You won’t want to miss our final presentation of the spring season on Tuesday, June 5!


 St. Louis Strutters                                               Tuesday, June 5


The St. Louis Strutters have been performing fast tapping precision dance routines with a rich history of skill and dedication to their talent for thirty years.

Fashioned from the early 1900’s – to Jazz – to Broadway this high-kicking chorus line perform rhythm tap dances with style and glamour.

This program is on Tuesday instead of our usual Wednesday

  1. Desmond Lee Auditorium    The Missouri History Museum  Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park

Handicapped Accessible                     Doors Open: 10:00 AM              Performance: 10:30-11:30AM

Admission is Free

Information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444                    

May 01

Cancelled! Norma’s Syncopated Seniors…Cancelled at Missouri History Museum on Wednesday, May 2 #artnstlou

Regret to report that there will be no Silver Stages Series performance at the Missouri History Museum on Wednesday, May 2.

Please mark your calendar for our next performance on Tuesday, June 3.

St. Louis Strutters                                               Tuesday, June 5


The St. Louis Strutters have been performing fast tapping precision dance routines with a rich history of skill and dedication to their talent for thirty years. Fashioned from the early 1900’s – to Jazz – to Broadway this high-kicking chorus line perform rhythm tap dances with style and glamour.


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