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 seventh 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 Fifth 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 also began its fifth season this fall. (please see sidebar for Coming Attractions).

And our very newist! The 3rd Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement, a community wide festival will take place April 19-April 29, 2018. Look for updates about this and everything else 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.

As a community driven non-profit dedicated to improving the minds, health, wellness, and quality of life for our St. Louis elderly population, we serve, daily, as a catalyst and the unitor to boost the lives, through the arts, of those we serve. Since our incorporation in 2010, we have had the goal of engaging all older adults in free, professionally led participatory arts programs that enhance health and wellness.

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 has been recognized by the Gladys & Henry Crown Center for Senior Living as “a pioneer in local efforts to promote the arts among older adults.”

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