Renaissance Enterprises

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Renaissance Enterprises
Formation1988; 30 years ago (1988)
FounderBob Rowe
PurposeTherapeutic entertainment

Renaissance Enterprises is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing the arts to residents of long term care facilities and senior centers. They are one of the few agencies to address the need for regular arts and therapeutic music interaction between professional artists, artisans and performers and the isolated elderly.


Audience for a Renaissance program

Renaissance Enterprises was founded in 1988 by Bob Rowe to reach out to elderly members of the community. The organization operates in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and New York as well as some neighboring states.


The mission of Renaissance Enterprises is to provide therapeutic entertainment at nursing homes and related facilities through the use of artists, artisans and performers.[1]

The aim is to deliver messages of love, healing and hope by means of the live arts to residents of long term care facilities. They note that abundant medical literature exists supporting the benefits of music to elderly and people with significant impairments such as physical pain or mental disorder. Music therapy is an accepted medical approach.

Renaissance produced a booklet for artists to guide them in performances for these special audiences. Therein they also note that often they experience small wonders where an audience member had been silent for months or years but the music awakened something in them and prompted them to speech.[2]

Renaissance uses a staff of 25 volunteer artists for this purpose and typically delivers over 100 performances per year to audiences that are confined.


Bob and the Green Valley Boys pose with some residents after a concert in Battle Creek Michigan

In 2006 the executive director was presented with the Mother Teresa Award for this work.

In 1994, Mother Teresa wrote: "Your work of love in nursing homes, hospitals and for the aged, the neglected and the forgotten is truly the work of peace, for the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace. Works of love like yours bring one face to face with God. Continue to use music to make the presence of God - His love and compassion better known to those in need - His little ones who have forgotten to smile. My prayer is with you in a special way and with all connected with Renaissance Enterprises."[3]

The organization's work has been featured in several newspapers and magazine, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Catholic Digest[4] Cover, Mature Years, Daily Word, National Enquirer and Detroit News.

Renaissance is also included in CNN's iReport web presence, with a video and writeup about the organization.[5]

See the article on Bob Rowe for description of awards and recognition.


Renaissance is supported by charitable foundations, individual donations, corporate donations and support from the care facilities where they work and from sales of artist's CDs.

Foundations that have supported Renaissance Enterprises include:

  • Arcus Foundation
  • Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
  • Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • Berrien Community Foundation
  • Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation
  • Frey Foundation
  • Frederick S. Upton Foundation
  • Guido Binda Foundation
  • Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation
  • Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Leo Buscaglia Foundation
  • Frederick S. Upton Foundation
  • Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)


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  2. ^ "ARTS: Artists and Residents Together", last accessed April 29 2016
  3. ^, Catholic Digest last accessed April 11, 2016
  4. ^ "Meet Bob Rowe" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-05-24. last accessed April 29, 2016,
  5. ^ "Comfort, Love and Some Fun Too", last accessed April 29, 2016

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