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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:11

Creatively Aging: Education through Community Collaboration Featured

Written by Anne Mondro

 

How can partnerships expand the possibilities for creative aging? Inspiring the next generation, artist and art professor Anne Mondro describes the course and collaborative art program she developed with her art students at the University of Michigan and older adults living in a nearby Ann Arbor community.


Creativity has the power to transcend illness. It enables people to retain their sense of self and explore who they are as unique individuals while providing opportunities for social interaction.

Arts programming designed to promote wellness is a growing field in the United States. Arts programming for older adults in particular is gaining momentum as this portion of the population continues to rise. As the number of older adults increases, the need to develop support networks to improve and maintain their quality of life will increase as well. Over the last thirty years, the field of creative aging has established itself as one such network. In 1981, the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored a symposium focused on the importance of developing arts and humanities programming for older adults (Boyer, 2007). Since then the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) has held conferences and created an online resource to educate and promote the field of creative aging.


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