Organization Type: Centers & Institutes

What Happens to Creativity as We Age?

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How does the ability to come up with unusual ideas change as we grow older? Does it begin to flag in adolescence? Before then? To investigate these questions, we and our colleagues recently conducted several experiments, which we relate in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Take-Aways from the World’s First International Teaching Artists Conference

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In late August 2012, 130 eager individuals gathered for three days in Oslo, Norway, for the World’s First International Teaching Artist Conference. Representatives came from 23 countries, some with a clear sense professional identity as a “teaching artist,” others with mere curiosity about the term, all with a mix of experience and uncertainty about the hybrid way art and education combine and live in different cultures around the world. The delegations from the U.S. and Norway were larger than those from other nations, understandably, as the host country and the nation with the most developed history of teaching artistry. Perhaps we had the most to learn.

Above Ground: Information on Artists III: Special Focus New York City Aging Artists

The purpose of Information on Artists III: Special Focus New York City Aging Artists (IOAIII Aging) is to understand how artists — who often reach artistic maturity and increased artistic satisfaction as they age — are supported and integrated within their communities and how their network structures change over time. Past evidence shows that as people age, they often become more isolated from each other, making it difficult for organizations to serve them both individually and as a group.

“This study of aging visual artists in New York City offers a unique look at a population that has implications for us all. The stereotypes of aging, which I have both defined and battled all my professional life, are compounded for artists for whom stereotypes abound.” – Dr. Robert N. Butler

The Performing Arts Legacy Project

Created by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at The Actors Fund (AF), The Performing Arts Legacy Project is an online platform to document and represent the work of older professional artists in the U.S. and save our national legacy. This platform is the first known dedicated place to allow artists to present their lifetime careers holistically and under their control.

While The Performing Arts Legacy Project is a tool targeted to older professionals, it can also be used for professionals all along the spectrum of their careers to document their work as it evolves.