The theme of the semester was Lessons Learned. Every time I teach this course, I too learn a bit more. I must admit it is a challenge to teach a community engagement course. I am often worried if I am meeting the students’ expectations as well as my community partners. I wake up wondering if the bus will be on time and if I have the right materials and supplies. More importantly, I wonder about the students. I hope they are connecting with their community partner, hope they are understanding why I selected the readings I did, hope they are enjoying the experience and learning from it. Likewise, I hope the UM Silver Club & Elderberry members are enjoying the experience. Every semester I go through the same set of worries. Now that the semester is over, I realize I should start giving up some of the worries. Observing my students interacting with the community members, I noticed how thoughtful, respectful, and patient they are. They reminded me of what this class is truly about.
~Anne Mondro, Associate Professor UM Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
A few of more artworks created by Silver Club members during the course of the semester: