This past December, the Division of the Arts hosted the 2016 Creative Aging Workshop that brought together arts organizations, artists, community organizations, and the aging services community to learn more about meaningful arts engagement programming. The workshop provided the theory and practice of creative aging and the knowledge to support and develop effective, individualized programs. In addition, training and resources were introduced to aid in the successful delivery of creative aging experiences to benefit Delaware's aging population and stimulate healthy aging.


Workshop Leaders

Dr. Greg L. Finch

 

Dr. Greg L. Finch, Director of Field Services, National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). The NCCA is dedicated to building a world where every individual flourishes across their lifespan through creative expression.

Antonia Perez

 

Antonia A. Perez, Master Teaching Artist with 13 years of experience working with older adults and a Teaching Artist Mentor with Lifetime Arts, Inc.


Location

Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904

Program Booklet

Flourishing: The Art of Creative Aging, Program Booklet

Online Resources

National Center for Creative Aging

Directory of Creative Aging Programs in America

Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Guide to Services For Older Delawareans and Persons with Disabilities

Modern Maturity Center, Dover

Schedule

8:30 – 9:00

REGISTRATION

9:00 – 9:15

WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

9:15 – 10:00

FLOURISHING: The Art of Creative Aging
Philosophical overview and approach to Creative Aging

10:00 – 10:15

CREATIVE EXPRESSION—Exquisite Line and Reflection

10:15 – 10:45

AGEISM: The Socially Acceptable Prejudice
Expectation and manifestation of Ageism and Q & A

10:45 – 11:00

RESEARCH: What Really Matters?
Benefits of arts programming for older adults

11:00 – 11:15

MAKING IT REAL
Slide show and video clips of Creative Aging activities, Q & A

11:15 – 11:30       

CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Movement based activity

11:30 – 12:15

ESSENTIALS: Optimal Creative Aging Design
Design, best practices, strategies and pitfalls

12:15 – 1:00

LUNCH

1:00 – 3:00

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: My Pilot Project
Small working groups formed based on elder population served

RESOURCES: Making it Happen
Program resources, artist training, artist rosters, funding sources, evaluation strategies

3:00 – 3:45 

COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY

3:45 - 4:00

ENGAGEMENT
Closing remarks, evaluation, next steps

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