Friday, April 4, 2008

Arts and Aging Featured at Edmonton's Creative Age Festival

We recently heard from CCAHTE subscriber Pamela Brett-MacLean, Co-Director of The Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine Program, University of Alberta, about a new festival in Edmonton taking place this June celebrating the many contributions of the arts in work in aging and health.

The Creative Age Festival, Edmonton’s newest festival, celebrates arts and aging by showcasing arts-based workshops, performances and events, including special film screenings and an Arts Café. This week-long celebration of creative aging has been organized to recognize the vital contributions of the arts in relation to lifelong learning, creative expression, health and well-being in later life.

A symposium has been organized as part of the Creative Age Festival offering a unique training and development opportunity for senior-serving agencies, health providers, seniors, students, and researchers.
Presentations and workshops will be showcased that explore the significance of arts and aging, in terms of cultural contributions, lifelong learning, community connections, social service and health care. This symposium will also provide a forum for sharing experience, innovative program models, best practices and research.

As part of this symposium, we are pleased to have Susan Perlstein, Director of Education and Training, National Center on Creative Aging (Washington DC) as keynote speaker. Susan will consider the significance of “creative aging” in relation to everyday life, and also summarize findings from a study she collaborated on with Dr. Gene Cohen from the Centre of Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University which provides evidence about positive benefits associated with involvement in arts and cultural programs.

Creative Age Festival June 2-8, 2008
Edmonton, AB (Various Locations)

1st Celebration of Creative Aging Symposium, June 3, 2008
Telus Centre (University of Alberta Campus)
Edmonton, AB

Call for Presentations - Submission Deadline: May 14, 2008