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.

Illinois Central College will host “Building an Age Friendly Community,” a program to highlight the increasing number of seniors aging in our society today and how we can improve our community to accommodate their needs.

Jeanne Kelly, a lifelong singer, conductor, and professional operatic, has continued to share her talent through her years and encourages others to join her. Her experience includes performing in operas across the nation and conducting the Women’s Glee Club at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Sidney De Haan Research Center for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University has conducted a randomized controlled trial on the health benefits of community singing on older adults.  “Our research has not only commented previous studies that pointed to an increase in health be

Residents at Eagle Meadow Assisted Living and Retirement Community have created something rather unusual – a garden made of repurposed glassware.  The program was started by art therapist Vicki Pullerm, who came up with the idea while stuck inside during an ice storm.  She encouraged residents t

Retirement is not just for television watching anymore.  EngAGE, based in Los Angeles, CA, provides arts and wellness classes for about 5,000 people living in senior apartment communities.  Many residents who benefit are low income who, “just had to get through life, taking care of things, and t

Bruce Miller, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco is the 2012 recipient of the Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging.  The annual award recognizes and honors the work of Dr.

Father daughter team Charlie Ferrell and Katie Norris spend their free time making life better for people with Alzhimer’s and their caregivers.  At Westlake Village, a senior living community, Ferrell, a retired vascular surgeon and Norris, a minister, work with a group of adults with dementia u

Creative Aging Mid-South is one of 10 arts-based nonprofits being honored by The Huffington Post.  The organization, founded in 2003 by Meryl Klein, provides arts programming to 52 local nursing homes and assisted living facilities in creative writing, poetry, movement, weaving, ceramics and pai

Graffiti , an explosive art form of the 1970s and 1980s, has diminished in popularity, but aging graffiti artists are still out there tagging trains, walls, and other city surfaces.  In its heyday, graffiti pitted artists against each other to see who could create the most visually edgy and elab