Exciting news from Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE:
I’m delighted to announce our first project in Minnesota, where we’ll be known as EngAGE.MN. We have partnered with the affordable housing developer, CommonBond, to offer a 10-week storytelling class in its Riverview Senior Housing community in Minneapolis.
“The Power of Storytelling” class, which will explore the power of personal storytelling, will be taught by T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer who has made an indelible creative mark in the Twin Cities. The class begins this week.
“The Power of Storytelling” will culminate in a performance by participants in the “Artful Aging Radio” project, two live shows that will be performed and recorded on January 23 – 24, 2017, at the Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis for radio broadcast and podcast. “Artful Aging Radio” is a collaboration between EngAGE’s radio show, Experience Talks; Pillsbury House + Theatre, Hippocrates Cafe, and Aroha Philanthrophies.
Each show in the “Artful Aging Radio” project will feature inspiring older artists and performers who will share their valuable lifelong experiences as creators of art, music, dance, and theater. Minneapolis is a vibrant center for the arts, offering a wealth of talented older people from which to draw as guests. EngAGE is currently in the process of expanding its artful aging programs to the Twin Cities and these live radio shows will provide a mechanism to not only entertain and educate listeners, but also to promote our “The Power of Storytelling” class.
T. Mychael Rambo, Instructor
A regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer, T. Mychael Rambo has made an indelible mark in the Twin Cities performing principle roles at such theaters as Penumbra, the Guthrie, Ordway Theatre, and Minnesota Opera, to name but a few. Nationally and internationally, his stage credits include Carnegie Hall and performances abroad in Africa, Europe, and South America. He has appeared in local and national television commercials, feature films (including The Cure, Justice, Crossing the Bridge, Wooley Boys), HBO mini-series (Laurel Avenue, Equinox), and other television programming. Additionally, T. Mychael is an accomplished residency artist (COMPAS, Young Audiences, MN State Arts Board, VocalEssence) and an affiliate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts, and Dance at the University of Minnesota. As a recording artist, T. Mychael has released two popular CD’s: “Simply” – a collection of jazz standards, and “The Gift, A Christmas With Love” – a selection of original and holiday classics. He also has had the great honor of singing the National Anthem for both President Barack Obama and former President Jimmy Carter.
EngAGE is a non-profit that transforms aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of wellness and creativity. It provides arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building, and intergenerational programs to senior and family apartment communities in Southern California; Portland, OR; and now in Minneapolis, MN.
Experience Talks is a weekly public radio program that shares and celebrates the experiences of older people.
CommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services, has served the region for over 40 years. It is considered a national leader and innovator in the affordable housing and community development field.
Hippocrates Cafe uses actors and musicians to create performances that explore health care topics through story and song.
Pillsbury House + Theatre is a popular venue that attracts local and national attention as a model for arts-based community development, bridging the non-profit theatre world and the human service world.
Aroha Philanthrophies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55.