Artful Aging: How the Arts Are Transforming Aging

Thursday, January 28, 2016 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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The emerging field of creative aging focuses on the positive and powerful role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for older Americans. Instead of viewing aging as a period of decline, proponents of creative aging recognize growing older as a time of life with abundant, untapped personal growth and well-being. A landmark 2006 study by Dr. Gene Cohen, known as the Creativity and Aging Study, found significant social, physical, and mental health benefits for older adults who participated in professionally conducted arts learning programs. Recently, an April 2015 Mayo Clinic study found that making art is tied to fewer cognitive problems as people age. With help from professional artists, there is a real bonus in becoming creative in your 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 
The creative aging movement is building momentum at the local, regional, and national levels, and successful programs are emerging and growing. 
Join us for a conversation about groundbreaking work that can transform our approach to aging through learning, making, and sharing the arts. Creative aging is providing new opportunities for the philanthropic community to support cross-sector programs in the arts, social welfare and healthcare. 
  • An asset-based, rather than deficit-based, approach to aging
  • The latest research about the value of creative aging and its potential impact on the lives of older adults
  • Innovative programs in the New York region and across the country taking place in libraries, museums, adult residential communities, and health care facilities
  • The role philanthropy might play in supporting this movement


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All interested funders in the arts and aging. 


8:45 - 9:00 AM  Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM  Program
Registration is required by January 27.
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Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)

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