We help build & strengthen communities
SilverKite Community Arts uses the arts as a tool to help bridge generations, eliminate the effects of loneliness, strengthening communities of all sizes, from small companies and schools to cities, counties, and large organizations.
We offer consulting services and professional development workshops for schools, companies, senior living organizations and providers, libraries, non-profit organizations, health care workers, and faith communities.
A list of our consulting and training services are listed below.
contact us for support on your project or plan a training for your community.
For the past four years, SilverKite has been an integral partner in Edmonds Center for the Arts’ creative engagement programming for individuals with memory loss, professional and family caregivers, and intergenerational audiences. The innovation and care that Jen Kulik and her team bring to this work consistently elevates what we do. I continue to be impressed by their commitment to deliver impact, and customize programs to the needs of the diverse communities we serve
Gillian Jones, Director of Programming, Edmonds Center for the Arts
The Seattle Public Library’s partnership with SilverKite has brought wonderful, intergenerational arts programs to the Seattle community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s more important than ever, when all of our patterns have been disrupted, to find creative ways to express ourselves, to connect with others, and to discover our commonalities. We’ve been delighted to offer so many programs facilitated by Silver Kite’s experienced teaching artists.
Nancy Slote, Older Adults Program Manager, Seattle Public Library
There was music. We danced. We imagined. We wrote poetry. We painted in watercolor. We connected more deeply as colleagues. Thank you, SilverKite, for helping us to explore our creativity while de-stressing and re-energizing through PLAY!
Lisa Mayfield, Principal & Founder, Aging Wisdom
I have partnered with SilverKite to bring Intergenerational programming into our communities for the past two years and the programming and planning they provide is above and beyond anything I could have imagined. At each Chateau Community, this program was individualized to fit our needs, our residents needs and the needs of the students. It not only allowed our residents to interact with younger generations while having fun, but it actually brought about lasting relationships and connections. I hope to partner with this program for years to come
Lacy Steed, Senior Life Enrichment Director, Chateau Living
SilverKite’s trainings have been invaluable for our organization. Jen demonstrates simple building blocks anyone can use to build successful intergenerational programs and gives us all the encouragement we need along the way!
Wendy Pender, Older Adults Program Manager, King County Library System
Consulting & Training Services
Community-Engaged & Intergenerational Programs
Looking to develop an exciting and effective program for your school, senior living community, or organization design to bring generations together? SilverKite can help! With decades of intergenerational program experience under our belt, we can work with you and your team craft successful intergenerational programs and curricula enjoyable and stimulating for all participants
Arts Programs & Activities for Older Adults
Do you work with older adults in a care setting, as a caregiver, or as a community organization? Crafting fun and stimulating programs with older adults in mind is our specialty! Let's work together to create something that works for your residents or community. We design, facilitate, and train others to offer arts programs for adults aging in place, or older adults living in senior living communities in independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, adult family homes, or in memory care
Arts as Respite: Community Building and Relaxation
Studies have shown that arts engagement can help manage stress, even if you don't think you're creative (hint! we're all artists!). The arts also encourage us to play which is important at any age, helping us to express ourselves in new ways and ignite and explore new ideas. We're professionals in play! SilverKite offers relaxing and fun arts workshops for organizations, caregivers, health providers, and anyone who needs a stress release! Contact us to design a custom arts-based workshop for your team, organization, or community.
Arts in Healthcare
Battling cancer or any chronic illness is challenging for both patients and loved ones. The challenge is both physical and emotional. SilverKite CEO Jen Kulik is a breast cancer survivor and understands from personal experience how the arts can play a positive role in healing from cancer and other chronic diseases. SilverKite partners with health care providers and health support systems to design and facilitate arts programs for families impacted by cancer, dementia, and other chronic illnesses.
Arts and Caregiving
Caregiving is a difficult job. SilverKite helps caregivers to develop tools to broaden and deepen their caregiving practice by using the arts as a tool to help connect, calm, and care for loved ones at home and in other care facilities.
Upcoming Professional Development Workshops
SilverKite offers professional development workshops for caregivers, librarians, senior living & senior services professionals, educators, and community program creators.
All programs are currently offered online.
The registration fee for each workshop is $45. Continuing education (CE) credits are available through LeadingAge Washington.
To view recordings of past Professional Development workshops, click here.
Interested in a customized workshop for your community? Contact us.
Workshop Descriptions & Registration Links
Arts Activity Program Ideas for Older Adults
Research has shown that creative engagement is beneficial for people of any age. During this workshop we'll explore ways to structure and facilitate a successful arts program for older adults and engage in some arts activities that can be used in your community.
What you'll need:
Pen / pencil
Facilitated by Jen Kulik, Ph.D., SilverKite Founder and CEO
October 13 from 10:30 - 11:30 am PDT. $45.
Sharing Life Stories: Creating Intergenerational Conversations
Developing a new friendship / relationship with someone often starts with finding something you have in common, building a sense of trust, and having time and experiences together.
One of the ways to deepen a relationship is to share personal life stories. When you are talking with people of a different generation how do you get the conversation started? What do you ask? How do you create a safe space so someone feels comfortable sharing their life stories with you?
During this workshop we'll discuss the strategies and techniques SilverKite uses to help participants develop skills for doing an oral history and creating intergenerational conversations.
Facilitated by SilverKite Founder & CEO Jen Kulik, Ph.D.
November 15 from 10:30 - 11:30 am PST. $45.
Facilitating Intergenerational Arts Activities
Engaging in the arts can provide fun, stress relief, and help us to find new ways to communicate our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. The arts can also serve as a wonderful tool to help bridge generations.
In this workshop, we'll explore different arts activities that work in intergenerational settings, engage in a few arts activities together, and provide you with some ideas you can use at your library, senior living community, community center, or at home.
Facilitated by Jen Kulik, Ph.D.; Founder and CEO, SilverKite Community Arts.
CEUs from LeadingAge WA are available.
December 9 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm PST. $45.
The Importance of Play
Many people consider play to be an important part of childhood. Did you know that play is an important part of learning, regardless of your age?
During this interactive workshop, we will explore how play contributes to understanding, memory, and cognition; develop an understanding of why play is important in all stages of life; and explore ways to bring more play into our own lives and the lives of those we work with.
Facilitated by Jen Kulik, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of SilverKite Community Arts.
CEUs available through LeadingAge Washington
January 11 from 10:30 - 11:30 am PST. $45.