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.


Conversation Series: Education and Learning

We’ve all been to school and most of us now have a lifetime’s worth of convictions and ideas about how we define a quality education.  Come join us for a 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. Each meeting will be catalyzed by a shared reading, though it’s not necessary to have done the “homework,” in order to attend.

Note: This group is open to the public and while we’d love to have professional educators participate, we hope to keep the discussion broad as well as deep.

Join us on Monday, January 27 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. January’s book: The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley.

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Intergenerational Book Discussion Group
Students from School One and older adults from Hamilton House 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.


School One Classes 2019-2020

Performing Arts
A nine-week performing arts class led by Eve Kerrigan. Participants work together with School One students to study plays,  learn and practice various performance techniques and develop scripted scenes together. Performing Arts meets Thursday, 12:30-2:00p.m. at School One, December 5th- March 3rd (with a winter break December 20-January 6). Class performance in March!


School One Classes 2018-2019

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.


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