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Staying Alive & Kickin

A look back at the last year with Alive & Kickin, a Minneapolis-based Senior Services Arts Organization. Michael Matthew Ferrell & Jason James Hansen shared how their Senior Rock & Roll performing group is transforming the challenges of COVID into new opportunities and fighting senior isolation. They discussed Alive & Kickin’s journey from shutdown to mastering the world of technology while continuing to produce energetic and captivating performances.

Alive & Kickin’s mission is to dig deep within our aging population and, with undaunted courage, re-write the rules for living a full life with the “pride of age” leading the way.

They Will Rock You!!

Michael Matthew Ferrell

Presented by Michael Matthew Ferrell, Executive/Artistic Director and Founder, Alive & Kickin’ & Jason James Hansen, Musical/Associate Director and Arranger, Alive & Kickin’

Michael Matthew Ferrell founded A&K after encountering many older adults who felt they had much to contribute to society but had been pushed to the periphery because of their age and related stereotypes. Ferrell was named a recipient of AARP’s 50 Over 50 Disruptor Award, and won WCCO’s Making a Difference Award for his work with A&K.

Jason James Hansen

Jason James Hansen co-leads rehearsals with Ferrell, arranges the music, directs musicians, and accompanies all rehearsals and performances. Hansen is known for his work in Twin Cities theatre, has helped direct and create over 15 world premiers, and was awarded a 2018 MN Theater Award for Best Performative Direction.