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Report on Creativity and Aging

January 24, 2016

NEA webinar showcases report

Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:24 PM
Subject: Advisory: Feb. 3 NEA webinar on creativity and aging

For immediate release                                            Contact: Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs
January 20, 2016                                                      202-682-5606 | giffords@arts.gov

Live, public webinar on Wednesday, February 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is women over age 85. What role can the arts play in ensuring healthy aging for this growing population?  Learn more at the February 3 webinar, which introduces a white paper of recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging.  An archived version will be available at arts.gov.

The paper highlights recommendations on healthy aging, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design.  The summit was a precursor to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which addressed four major issues: retirement security, long-term services and supports, healthy aging, and elder abuse. The webinar will cover the main findings from the summit, including opportunities to use the arts to help develop vibrant, healthy communities and services for older adults.

Speakers
·         Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director, National Endowment for the Arts, will moderate the webinar
·         Gay Hanna, Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging
·         Nora Super, Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

To join the webinar
The webinar takes place on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at giffords@arts.gov. You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at http://arts.gov/videos/webinars.

Follow the conversation @NEAarts and @CreativityAging with the hashtag #CreativeAgeSummit.

Check out the Maine Arts Commission webpage on Creative Aging at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Traditional/CreativeAging#.

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