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2023 International Creative Aging Summit

Paradigm Shift: Advancing the Cultural Rights of Older People

A Free, Virtual Convening on June 6 and 7, 2023

The 3rd annual International Creative Aging Summit channeled the collective energy of more than 250 arts and aging leaders from around the globe towards an investigation of the profound shifts needed — individually and collectively — to champion and adequately invest in older adults’ creativity and cultural agency.

Through facilitated conversations and peer-to-peer exchange, this dynamic and collegial convening connected a worldwide network of colleagues working in diverse communities and sectors to advance creative aging. The Summit was designed for those who develop, deliver, and/or support arts programs by, with, and for older people including professionals from the social and aging services, and the technology, education, cultural, heritage, housing, and health sectors.

Hosted by a different country each year, the 2023 Summit was organized by Lifetime Arts (United States) in collaboration with Creative Ageing Development Agency (CADA) in England and Armas-festivalCity of Helsinki, and Koy Kaapelitalo in Finland.

Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older

From the Article:

Three out of four adults age 45 and older who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender say they are concerned about having enough support from family and friends as they age. Many are also worried about how they will be treated in long-term care facilities and want specific LGBT services for older adults.

These were among the findings of a recent national AARP survey, “Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans.”

The NeuroArts Blueprint: Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing Initiative

From the Website:

The NeuroArts Blueprint: Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing initiative is breaking new ground at the crossroads of science, the arts, and technology. Its mission is to cultivate an ecosystem for neuroarts, defined here as the transdisciplinary and extradisciplinary study of how the arts and aesthetic experiences measurably change the body, brain, and behavior, and how this knowledge is translated into specific practices that advance health and wellbeing. To realize its potential, neuroarts must become a fully recognized field of research and practice, with educational and training pathways, dedicated funding, supportive public sector and private sector policies, effective leadership, wellcrafted communications strategies, and infrastructure capacity.

The Blueprint initiative, launched in 2019, is designed to put all of that in place. A partnership between the Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics and the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine & Society Program, the initiative engages leaders across a wide range of disciplines, as well as people with lived experience. Together, they are helping to drive the paradigm shift necessary to fully integrate arts and aesthetic experiences into activities that will advance individual and collective health across the planet.

Arts on Prescription in Gloucestershire

From the Webpage:

We [Create Gloucestershire] were delighted to be selected as a pilot site for The Cultural Commissioning Programme that Arts Council and NCVO partnered on between 2013 to 2017. The aim of this programme was to support arts and cultural organisations to come together with public service commissioners.

It provided much needed re-thinking time in Gloucestershire and laid the foundations for a new set of relationships across arts and health partners. We set up an innovative grant programme in 2015 that gave “test and learn” capacity to 12 arts and health projects in Gloucestershire designed to generate positive health outcomes for people with long-term health conditions (eg adolescents with Type 1 diabetes).

If you are interested to know more about our projects or the wider UK programme please do read the full learning report  (pdf, 2.2MB) or summary (pdf, 242KB)