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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

Dances for a Variable Population performers dance in unison.

Partnerships Key to Sustainability for Dances for a Variable Population

Through clear and innovative programming, active demonstration of program benefits, and equal investment in their community of teaching artists and participants, Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) has been able to build successful, lasting relationships with a variety of partner organizations. These partnerships have formed the backbone of their programming, and sustained them throughout the 15 years of their existence.

The Communicative Power of Art

In this blog post, Rosenberg talks in-depth about the Meet Me at MoMA program, an interactive gallery tour for people with dementia and their care partners, part of their Access Programs. The ninety-minute sessions allow MoMA’s educators to lead the individuals in the group in sharing their thoughts and interpretations of artworks from MoMA’s collection or special exhibitions.

Breaking Down Barriers: A Continuing Tradition of Access Programs at MoMA

From the blog post:

“MoMA’s commitment to access for all is embedded in the history of the institution itself, beginning with one of the Museum’s earliest innovations in art education: the establishment of the War Veterans Art Center for soldiers returning from the Second World War. It has been an honor and a pleasure to build upon this tradition in my work on Access Programs at MoMA for the last 20 years.”

‘I Like It, Actually’: Why So Many Older People Thrive in Lockdown

The New York Times’ John Leland reports:

“People age 70 and up account for two-thirds of all coronavirus deaths in New York, though they make up less than 10 percent of the population. Yet many New Yorkers in this age group are thriving during this catastrophe — skilled at being alone, not fearful about their career prospects, emotionally more experienced at managing the great disruption of everyday life that is affecting everyone.”