Arts and Aging
The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being
Human development describes a complex web of factors affecting the health and well-being of individuals across the lifespan. Together, these factors yield cognitive and behavioral outcomes that can shape the social and economic circumstances of individuals, their levels of creativity and productivity, and overall quality of life.
On April 6, 2011—with support from MetLife—GIA, the National Center for Creative Aging, and Grantmakers in Aging brought together frontrunners in funding health, wellness, and the arts and aging fields with arts and aging practitioners, researchers, and other experts.
This study of aging performing artists 62+ in the metro areas of LA and NYC complements our earlier study of aging visual artists. In NYC 219 and in LA 51 professional actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians and singers were studied, with results showing their resilience, tenacity and lifelong engagement with their art and the public.
In an article for the Consumer Health Foundation's publication Connections, Gay Hanna, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging, outlines several types of integrated arts/humanities/medical programs, including arts therapy, creative aging programs, and the introduction of arts and humanities curricula into medical training.
Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change is a benchmark report published in April 2011 by Partners for Livable Communities and funded by MetLife Foundation. This report offers new audience-building opportunities for arts and cultural organizations to engage two of America’s fastest growing populations: older adults and immigrant populations.
On April 6, 2011, The Thought Leader Forum on Arts and Aging gathers invited funders and thought leaders in the areas of aging and the arts to discuss and strategize how these two sectors will work together to support communities and individuals in the next decade as America's elderly population increases in record numbers.
Part of a three-part report on arts partisipation published in 2011 by the National Endowment for the Arts. By Mark J. Stern, University of Pennsylvania.
Presentation materials from the Grantmakers in Arts, Grantmakers in Aging Regional Issues Forum held on January 27, 2011.
A Report to the Field From the National Guild for Community Arts Education
A discussion from a multidisciplinary panel of senior artists that have continued to create new work through the tides of personal and societal change. Video from April 24, 2010 on Seattle Channel, 1:40 in length.
A discussion from a multidisciplinary panel of senior artists that have continued to create new work through the tides of personal and societal change. Video from June 23, 2010 on Seattle Channel, 1:42 in length.
Posted in: GIA News, December 2, 2010
Published in: Americans for the Arts Monograph (September 2008)
by Gay Hanna and Susan Perlstein
Published in: GIA Reader Vol 18, No 2 (Summer 2007)
Published in: GIA Reader Vol. 11, No. 2 (Fall 2000)
by Gene Cohen