Monday, November 24, 2008

November 10 ~ Meeting Minutes

Creative Arts and Aging Network
Meeting Minutes
November 10, 2008
Wayne Art Center

Members present: Robb Hutter, Philly Senior Stage; Lesa Sulimay, Mid County Senior Services; Mary Catherine Dabrowski, MCSS Havertown Center; Suzanne Hayward, Community Arts Center; Kathy Bright, Wayne Art Center; Donna Alexander, Wayne Senior Center; Carol Flannery, Philadelphia Theatre Company; Jan Michener, PTC, KSSC, PSC; Kezia Lechner, Visual Artist; Amy Vistorek, Jitterbugs Music & Movement; Stacie Nussbaum, Main Line Art Center; Jenn Allen, Maris Grove; Meaghan Brown, MCSS Adult Day Care Centers

Welcome new CAAN members: Genevieve Coutroubis, The Center For Emerging Visual Artists; Robb Hutter, Philly Senior Stage; Christy Voytko, The Philadelphia Orchestra

*Creative Aging Program GrantStacie – The CAAN collaboration, through the Main Line Art Center, was awarded the Creative Aging Program grant through the National Guild for Community Schools of the Arts & the MetLife Foundation. This will result in several of our member agencies putting together a 12-week pilot program to engage older adults in an art program at the Main Line Art Center. This program will focus on creative expression through participation in a combination program of both visual arts and dance movement expression.

*Update on National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts Membership
CAAN is now an educational affiliate member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. CAAN members can access the National Guild’s website for resources; members can also attend conferences at a discounted rate, and CAAN will receive the Guild’s quarterly newsletter to share with all members. Stay tuned for information on how to log onto their website and access their resources- username and pass code information.

*Update on relationship with National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA)
CAAN is a member of the NCCA. The NCCA would like us to know that we have their support and they are so excited to see our group re-organize. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please share at future meetings or you can email me directly at

*By-Law Review and Passing, brief discussion of structure
We will change the CAAN business address- all members present vote yes to change

*CAAN Connection with other communities:Lifetime Arts, NY (Artist Database) All artists are invited to sign on to Lifetime Arts’ Artist Database, you can visit their website at:

*CAAN Artist Training Program- Mary Catherine has formed a committee to work on a Training Program for artists in our community to work comfortably and effectively with the older adult population. If you are interested in learning more, please email either: Mary Catherine at: or First meeting date for this committee is December 3rd.

*Next Meeting date, time & place:
Wednesday, January 14th, 2009, 9:00 a.m. at Community Arts Center in Wallingford
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086
Suzanne Hayward is our host.

See you in 2009!

Meaghan Brown
Director, Adult Day Services
Mid County Senior Services
610) 325-1496

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