Intergenerational literary program for adults and School One students


Our intergenerational programs put us at the forefront of the Creative Aging field, bringing together adults and School One students to create art, stories, and foster shared understandings.​ Since launching our program in 2016, with funding from the Aroha Philanthropies and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, we have offered a variety of opportunities for storytelling, performance, artmaking, and discussion.

CLASSES 2021-2022

Performing Arts

Come together with high school students and members the community to study plays, develop scripted scenes together and learn and practice various performance techniques.  Students will study the work of great writers, write their own scenes, and learn basic performance techniques. Scenes will be suited to individual needs and rehearsed. This class culminates in a showcase of student work.   This class will be fun, creative and pressure-free.  If you have always wanted to learn more about theater, acting and writing, take this class.

Meets: Tuesday, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

September 14 - November 17

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Organic Music 

In this ten-week class older and younger students will come together to study primal and indigenous music of many traditions. Led by professional musician and educator Lon Plynton, this class will welcome students of all levels and experiences.   

Meets: Wednesday, 10:20-11:45 a.m.

September 8 - November 17

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School One Intergenerational Arts Classes (Past Offerings) 

En Plein Air Landscape Painting
A nine-week outdoor landscape painting class led by well-known Rhode Island artist Ida Schmulowitz. Participants meet weekly on Blackstone Boulevard, set up easels and paint, trying to capture the light hitting homes and trees. En Plein Air Landscape Painting meets Tuesday, 3:30-5:00pm at School One and Blackstone Boulevard, in September and October.


Drawing Myself
A nine-week interdisciplinary visual art and writing class with instructors Monica Shinn and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through art and writing. Studio visits and artist talks are part of the program. Drawing Myself meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One, from September through November.


Working Stories
A nine-week interdisciplinary performing arts and writing class with instructors Phil Goldman, Diane Postoian and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through performance, storytelling and creative writing. Working Stories meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One.

New Bookclub Announcements for 2022 Coming Soon!

Book Clubs and Discussion Groups (Previous Offerings)

Intergenerational Book Discussion Group
Students from School One and older adults make up this fantastic book group. The Intergenerational Book Discussion Group meets for four weeks during the Fall, and again in the Spring. Past selections include The Yellow Wallpaper and Old School.

Reading Across Rhode Island Book Club
School One students and Hamilton House members meet monthly to discuss Reading Across Rhode Island books such as Just Mercy, The Wright Brothers and The Hate U Give.

Conversation Series: Education and Learning

Bi-monthly discussion group where we’ll talk about quality teaching, different kinds of schools, education in other countries, policy issues like school choice, education in Rhode Island, and a host of related topics.


For more information about School One's LitCenter, contact Diana Champa, call (401) 331-2497, or complete our online inquiry form.