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Blogathon Addresses Intersection of the Arts, Aging, and Healing

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Jun 29, 2015

During a week-long Arts and Aging/Arts and Healing blog forum on Barry's Blog, Barry Hessenius convened leading voices for a discussion focused on emerging work in the field, the role of individual arts organizations, possibilities that exist for evaluative research, and the kinds of cross-sector partnerships that can best further long-term goals.

The forum included input from arts administrators, funders, and entrepreneurs. Featured in the discussion were Gay Hanna, executive director of The National Center for Creative Aging; Kyle Carpenter, CEO of the MacPhail Center for Music; Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts; Maura O’Malley, CEO of Lifetime Arts; Ed Friedman, co-founder and executive director of Lifetime Arts; Tony Noice, adjunct professor of theater at Elmhurst College; Connie Martinez, CEO of Silicon Valley Creates; and Teresa Bonner, program director of vitality and arts at Aroha Philanthropies.

According to Barry’s summary of the forum,“the intersections between the arts and creative aging and healing, healthcare, and medicine portends to grow dramatically in the next decade, and has the potential to attract significant funding from a variety of sources (government, philanthropic and corporate). If, as we anticipate, the link between the arts and aging proves to be invaluable to the health and well being of senior citizens (and the coming wave of boomer retirement), this area can benefit  in multitudes of ways, including public support and funding.”

The Guild has made creative aging a key initiative, supporting the start-up and development of participatory arts programs for older adults. In partnership with the National Center for Creative Aging and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Guild sponsored Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit – a resource that offers detailed advice and examples on program design, implementation, and evaluation.

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