Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:43am

Cheryl Vassiliadis has been in love with dancing since she was a little girl.  Her parents, who also had a love for the arts, (her mother, in particular, for piano and ballet) supported her dream from a young age. Cheryl was accepted into an esteemed ballet company at age 11, and during her first costume fitting for the company, the tailor had an impossible time making the hem of her tutu straight. Cheryl was diagnosed with double scoliosis, and told she would have to stop dancing. It was...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:00am

I knew I would be taking notes for this blog and just as I pulled out my notebook and pen, two men propelled on to the stage dressed in form fitting pants and similarly snug tee shirts, wearing the soft-soled shoes characteristic of jazz and modern dance performance.  “Curious,” I observed. The noticeably older man, white haired and soft-spoken, began to gesture, recite prose and dance in carefully placed steps within a small radius. Following close behind was a contrastingly young man...

NCCA Conference, Arts, aging
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:47am

I’d like to thank, yet again, all of the nearly 300 participants in our first National Leadership Exchange & Conference, The Creative Age: Exploring the Potential in Later Life held earlier this month. It was fulfilling to see so many of those who share a dedication to creativity and aging together in one space.

Although, we had planned to hold this event in 2015, the fifth anniversary Dr. Gene Cohen’s passing (one of our heroes in creative aging), Liz Lerman's production of ...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:00am

 “Caregiving for People with Memory Loss: The Basics in Using the Arts for Family and Professional Caregivers,” was one of two daylong events at the pre-conference for the NCCA’s first Leadership Exchange and Conference that took place in Washington, D. C. on June 11. The title hinted at a weighty, information crammed session with a PowerPoint and lots of bullets. What I experienced as a participant was anything but.

At the Phillips Collection, a museum in Washington D.C. with a...

NCCA Conference, Arts, aging
Arena Stage
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:18pm

Next week NCCA will host the first The Creative Age: National Leadership Exchange and Conference in Washington, DC June 10-14th. The conference will host over 300 arts and aging professionals from around the world to train, network, and learn all things creative aging at arts and culture facilities around Washington, DC. Beyond the conference main day and pre and post conferences, NCCA has a special focus on highlighting the Washington, DC community. Come visit us at these events, many of...

conference, Arts
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:15pm

The year was 1979. In Oakland, California, theatre artist Stuart Kandell began an acting class for seniors at a local senior center. On the other coast, in Brooklyn, New York, social activist/artist Susan Perlstein began a community arts program in senior centers. Little did they know that their organizations, Stagebridge and Elders Share the Arts (respectively) were starting a Creative Aging movement that is spreading across the country, and that both organizations would be celebrating...

Partners, celebration, Creative Aging
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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:28pm

Early Bird Registration

Take advantage of our early bird registration before it expires on May 10th! Receive a discount on all preconference and post conference events as well as the Main Conference Day

Main Conference Day Highlights

The Main Conference Day on June 12th at Arena Stage will feature a variety of session types to insure everyone from artists, to caregivers, to educators are receiving the most useful information for their work. Visit our Search the...

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Beth McGuire and Learning Rocks
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:26am
Beth McGuire believes that creative aging stems from passion. What are you most passionate about? Think back to the moments in your life when you were happiest. For Beth, it was learning, teaching, and working with older adults. As she has gotten older, Beth has tapped into her passions and her professional and personal experiences, to create Learning Rocks, a program that provides new learning experiences to adults in assisted living.
Beth began her career as a...
Beautiful Minds
Peter Ruta
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:30pm

Columbia Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship is pleased to announce the addition of the ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY project to Columbia’s institutional repository...

RCAC, ART CART, Arts, aging, archive
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 2:05pm

NCCA recently introduced The Creative Age Leadership Exchange and Conference to the Greater Washington, DC community through a presentation by Liz Lerman. Liz is a MacArthur Fellow, dancer, and choreographer who started her career at the Roosevelt Senior Center in Washington, DC in the 1970s.  Since the late 80s, I have had the privilege to witness Liz’s work grow.  The beauty of her dance...

Creative Aging