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Arts programs are essential in a community to help older adults get involved and remain an important part of their communities. Community based arts programming helps older people as the keepers of culture remain dynamic members of society and provides younger generations with positive role models encouraging a strong sense of meaning and purpose in healthy living in vital communities. In this section you will find all the information on our website including news, events, stories, research and more pertaining to community arts programming.

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The Burbank Artist Colony is one of three communities set to revolutionize the retirement home concept. These communities are essentially one big arts camp, with classes taught every day in every art form possible.

Larry Reed, a retired Philadelphia School District teacher, began a second career 12 years ago as the associate director at the Senior Adult Activities Center in Montgomery County, PA.

At the Fremont Family YMCA, three times a week, faithful dancers come to practice dance steps and to let the music lead them. The class, called “Forever Fit,” is designed to allow older adults to stretch their bodies beyond everyday movements and keep their energy fresh.

A study has shown that trying new things is more beneficial than just keeping the brain active. In the study, participants were divided into three groups: learning digital photography, quilting, or both.

The Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, located in India, is offering older adults a chance to explore and express their theatrical talents. Abhinaya has a history of hosting these workshops and retaining participants. “This may be a novel idea in the theatre culture of the state.

Minnesota arts educators are traditionally well-trained at working with children. ArtSage, a local nonprofit, is hoping to build a strong program geared towards using art with the elderly and those with special needs.

Ruza Jarnevic, native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has a thing about keeping her family’s feet warm — and that isn’t about to change just because she’s getting on in years. Jarnevic turns 100 today and, besides her remarkable age and health, her chief claim to fame is her knitting.

The Columbus Museum of Art has been hosting older adults with Alzheimer’s and their caretakers with their Sparkling Imagination Tour. The goal of the program is to create an environment where these people feel welcome and are intellectually stimulated.

In the city of Evanston, Illinois, the Lakeshore Arts Festival at Dawes Park featured an interactive loom where the audience created this multi-colored, mutli-textured art piece.

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