Poster at the Conference
Friday, June 15, 2012 - 12:00am

Last week we were in New York City attending an un-conference exploring healthy living and aging in our communities.  The un-conference brought together 150 professionals from an impressive variety of disciplines for a day and a half of conversation on how we can transform our environments to promote health and prevent disease.  Participants discussed how these interdisciplinary fields can better work together to fight chronic diseases in our communities. NCCA was pleased to co-sponsor this...

Conferences, Events
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 1:57pm

The Legacy Film Festival on Aging, in its second year in San Francisco, CA, will showcase films that present a positive spin on aging July 6-8.  The film festival, in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, highlights a number of wonderful films including one from our very own Research Center for Arts and Culture.  RCAC’s...

Alzheimer's Poetry Project, Leadership Award Winner
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:22am

Don't miss out on your chance to win $5,000 to begin a new arts program, or a continue an exisiting one in your health care facility, school, or community setting! 

MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Technical Assistance Grant:
Deadline: June 1, 2012

This Technical Assistance Grant provides monetary support to develop an arts and aging program in three areas: Lifelong Learning, Health and Wellness, and Community Engagement.  Each...

Funding, MetLife Foundation
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 1:07pm

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Radio, Interview
Gregg Rochester Headshot
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 2:41pm

Gregg Rochester, at 62, is a psychologist turned professional painter and he does not see himself retiring anytime soon. While Gregg’s career is truly his own, he had a great art role model and mentor in his mother. She was a professional artist who “wanted to go places and do interesting things.” She continued painting until she was 86, a year before she passed away, and said “until you can’t lift the brush anymore, you carry on”. She facilitated Gregg’s first real forage into the arts...

Beautiful Minds
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 3:01pm

Please join us on Thursday, May 17th at the University Club of Washington, DC, at 2:00 p.m. The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt and the National Center for Creative Aging will host a first-time discussion on expressive life and creative practice as a new frame for connecting public policy with issues around aging.
Bill Ivey, Curb Center Director and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will lead the discussion, with contributions from...

Gaea Yudron Headshot
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 12:00am

“Old has a purpose; Old knows how to make things flourish; Old knows what a gift it is to nourish.” These lyrics come from A New Wrinkle, Gaea Yudron’s musical revue on aging.  Besides writing a musical, Gaea is a champion of social causes. Her childhood love of whales was manifested when she moved to Bolinas, California (Bolinas means whale in Portuguese). There, she met a woman who started Project Jonah, a save the whale initiative, leading to Gaea’s first venture into...

Beautiful Minds
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:00am

If you are reading this blog post, you must realize there is something different about our website. Our new website launched last Friday, the 23rd of March after a lot of hard work and dedication. Our website is no longer monochromatic and a little dated but instead, colorful with beautiful pictures, up-to-date information and very easy to navigate. In this blog post I will highlight a few features that you should check out.

If you are new to NCCA or want to learn more...

Margo Frazier Headshot
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:46pm

To say Margo Frazier is selfless is an understatement. Her life story continually reflects her going out of her way to protect and care for her family even after having been diagnosed with breast cancer. Margo was married at the age of 19, had two children, and then divorced at 30. Her husband, a Memphis musician, abandoned her two daughters and left Margo as a young, single mom. In order to support her family, she joined the Navy where she got in touch with her creative side as a...

Beautiful Minds
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:15pm

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez and Charles Limb, both of Johns Hopkins University, authored a recent article called “Musical Creativity and the Brain” that appears in the online journal Cerebrum, from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives,
The two researchers are among a small group of scientists who are using brain imaging to study the neural underpinnings of artistic creativity. Limb, and his colleague Allan Braun, put keyboard players in an fMRI and look at what parts of the brain are...

Brain Health, Music