DAYLIGHTERS has been designed for our population that is available during the "daylight" hours, looking for a vibrant relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. We are developing programs that explore this and build on this understanding. Today, we can expect thirty more years of life than past generations - years that hold tremendous, but often untapped, potential for vitality and contribution. As we age, our capacity for creativity increases. We seek meaning and connection. 

Do you want to TRY something before a big commitment? try our Adult Art Camp this summer and try many of our offerings in a compacted bite-sized taste, of what is coming this Fall!

Please join us for creativity, (yes, you are creative!!) Fun, fellowship, purpose and lifetime learning!!

Upcoming Daylighter Events

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Daylighters Conference 2019

What’s so great about ART?

The Benefits of Art on the Aging Brain

Presented by Presser Arts Center


This conference is geared toward daylighters…

 Daylighter; noun | day-light-er | \`dā-līt-er\

Those in our population who are available during the "daylight" hours, looking for a vibrant relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. 

Presser Arts Center is hosting a special 1day conference to explore the benefits of art on the aging brain and experience a sampling of the art classes available to daylighters.

Wednesday, January 9th 2019(alternate weather date January 30th) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Cost is $5.00 in advance / $7.00 at the door.

To open the morning, Presser Director, Lois Brace will share her experiences from the recently attended National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference on Creative Aging. Next, Presser Healing Yoga instructor, Lisa Snow, will lead the group in a sampling of her healing yoga class currently being offered at Presser. Then, speaking from first hand experience, Keynote speaker Maria Ojascastro will elaborate on the health benefits of engaging in the arts. Maria is a teaching artist for children and adults. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, studied in Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Maria has lead workshops for other educators, medical and mental health professionals, cancer survivors, and victims of trauma for the Center for Creative Arts, the Kemper Art Museum, the Cancer Support Community and other cultural, mental health, medical, and educational institutions both regionally and nationally. She has taught individuals with developmental delays, hearing impairments, significant medical conditions, dementia and learning disabilities, as well as typically developing and gifted students.  

Following the lecture, there will be 3 mini break out classes to personally experience a few of the Daylighter classes that are currently available at Presser, including pottery, music and water color. After the mini classes there will be sharing and exchanging of ideas followed by refreshments and a time to visit in the gallery. An optional tour of our beautiful facility including the rich historical background will be offered from 1-1:30p.m. Fee for attending the conference is $5.00 in advance / $7.00 at the door. Register in person M-F 9-5, or by downloading and mailing form to Presser Arts Center. 

Contact for registration: Stephanie Kulas / Annie Wimmer Smith

Register Here


Fine Art: Acrylics, Colorbook Club, Clay Paper Arts, Watercolor, Jewelry Making, Silver Clay Beading

Movement: Ballroom Dance, Healing Movement, Square Dance, Swing, Silks Dance, Yoga

Music: Band, Choir Inst. ensembles, Jamming Wednesdays, Show Choir

Theatre: Kaffeeklatsch, Melodrama, Reader’s Theatre, Storytelling

Fiber arts: Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Appliqué, Quilting, Macramé

Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing, Book Signings

Education: Tech Talk Teas, ESL Tuesday Talks

Most "DAYLIGHT" programs meet during the daylight hours. Tell us what you would like to see and we'll plan it!