Vital Aging Programs

ART@HAND: Vital Aging Programs

NCC’s ART@HAND program works to meet individuals where they are already engaging, including at senior living facilities across the twin cities, and we provide clay classes for individuals in many settings; long-term care, assisted living, memory care, adult day, in-patient, out-patient, and community learning locations.

Any combination of NCC’s ART@HAND programs can be tailored for your organization or group. NCC’s experienced staff and teaching artists will make the planning process easy, ensuring a memorable and successful experience.

We create a custom program, adapted to the needs of your population and to the strengths of NCC’s teaching artists. NCC works with our partners to secure grant funding and we are dedicated to finding continuing partnerships to make these important programs available to a broader audience. We welcome conversations about ways in which to ensure long-term collaborations to sustain these important programs and learning opportunities. Email for pricing information and to discuss scheduling.


People who attend ART@HAND sessions with family or friends develop strong memories and deep connections by taking creative risks and working side by side.

Our past participants, along with families, teaching artists, staff partners, and recreational therapists have reported a variety of benefits from working with Northern Clay Center. These include:

  • Improved sense of concentration and cognition
  • Increased sense of purpose, accomplishment, satisfaction, and happiness
  • Decreased physical signs of stress
  • Sensory fulfillment and improvement in arthritic symptoms
  • Maintenance of fine motor skills and eye/hand coordination
  • Improved memory and recall
  • Noticeable decrease in isolation and symptoms of depression
  • Improved sense of community
  • Increased communication among participants


We know that our partners are wonderful resources about the interests, skills, and histories of their communities and residents they serve, and we actively seek your input. Our teaching artists focus on developing projects, lesson plans, and the technical aspects of each partnership. We work with our partners to fine-tune these programs to meet the needs of their constituents. Healthy collaborations are vital to the success of each program. Read about our partnerships below.

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We are now engaging in planning for 2023 calendar year outreach programming. 

All activities are conducted with safety accommodations in mind. Reach out to discuss how NCC can help you provide arts learning opportunities with your group at!

Thanks to Our Supporters

Supported by the Wallace Excellence Award, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Arts Learning Grant, and the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation, the program increases access to the ceramic arts for adults who are 55+.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.