“Bridging the Divide: a youth to elders creative collaboration,” is a project connecting Arizona State University Dance students with residents in the Tempe retirement community Friendship Village. The guiding vision involved cultivating mutually beneficent relationships between older and younger adults as an avenue to foster intergenerational engagement. The intention was to create an experience whereby the elders imparted their life knowledge to the youth and in exchange, the young people offered the elders opportunities to move, create and heal. It was a one-to-one relationship between youth and elders with an ASU Dance student working with a resident of Friendship Village on dance, art and somatic practices, while the elder provided wisdom and mentorship to the student. We collaborated with Friendship Village to offer the residents the sort of experiences they wanted and needed.
Jamey Garner partnered with ASU Professor Mary Fitzgerald, recent ASU graduate Allyson Yoder and ASU graduate student Felix Cruz in the fruition of this project.
Supported by a City of Tempe/ASU Partnership Grant.
Photography by Stephanie “Tippi” Hart