Dancing Veterans Projects Put a Spark in Their Jig, Now Program is in Jeopardy
Through the Dancing Veterans Project, almost 200 sometimes stoic and reticent war veterans dance a jig, sing a song and share their stories. Watching them collaborate, the sense of camaraderie and support is palpable.
Maria Gennè, director of the not-for-profit Kairos Alive!, based in Minneapolis, has seen first-hand thechanges occur with the participants over the last two years. These senior veterans may have started as skeptics, but today, says Gennè, they “are now dancing, telling stories, and helping each other to stand and sing. They are contributing, creating and making a difference as artistic collaborators each week.”
Now these two innovative and award-winning programs – Warrior’s Dancing HeartTM and Caregivers Dancing HeartTM have had their funding cut. As a result, Kairos Alive! is seeking ‘bridge funding’ to keep their pioneering work going.
According to Gennè, these arts and wellbeing projects are creating new models placing elders at the center of intergenerational community life while also promoting physical and emotional health benefits. Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging, the programs encourage people to be their best selves through artistic engagement.
You can help keep the dance going with a gift of any amount to support their efforts. Find out more or make a donation at their Kickstarter site: Kairos Alive!’s Dancing Veterans Project.
It is part of Lifesprk’s mission to work with partners like Kairos Alive! across all 7 elements of living well to ignite sparked communities that bring out the best in all of us, sharing talents, purpose, and wisdom for individual and community benefit.