Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2009 PennPAT Spring Artist Workshop

Showcasing: Why, Where and How? PennPAT's Spring Artist Workshop is open to all Pennsylvania-based performing artists and groups, and will be offered in Philadelphia (April 16). For complete details and information on how to register, please visit their website.

The purpose of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) is to increase opportunities for professional Pennsylvania-based performing artists to obtain successful touring engagements.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Age & Art...

An excerpt from an MMCA Marketplace interview with PA artist Linda Benton McCloskey--when asked what made her decide to become an artist and how old was she when she knew:

"Actually, it wasn’t until I was in my late fifties …. Years ago when I was a young high school student, loving my art class, I mentioned to my art teacher that I was thinking about art as a career. Her response to me as that she felt that I didn’t have a talent in the art field and that it would better to pursue something different. And, I believed her... never painting, just admiring those who could... one of my co-workers suggested that I take a beginners watercolor class held in the evening. My first thought was 'Are you kidding? I haven’t picked up a brush for over 40 years.' But, what did I have to lose? I took that first class and the first night my teacher asked me to paint a landscape. Afterward - looking back on that 1st painting - it was awful - my first reaction was 'my art teacher was right - I don’t have talent.' But I was encouraged to continue to try… the rest is history."

Friday, February 20, 2009

Watch Amy make a cool thing.

Need a little lift today? Pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back, relax and enjoy this little 7 minute film about Amy--who made 17 things--making a cool 18th thing together with a bunch of people.

Amazing this power of the internet...of YouTube...of creativity...of one person. Follow Amy's internet trail for more or just smile and enjoy this cool 18th thing.

And now, for your fun viewing pleasure...The Beckoning of Lovely.

2009 CAAN Meeting Calendar

CAAN meetings will be held bi-monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month. The time will rotate between morning and afternoon.

2009 CAAN General Meetings
(a.m. meetings in purple, p.m. meetings in green)
  • Tuesday, March 10 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 12 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 8 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.

If you are interested in hosting one of these meetings, please contact Meaghan Brown.

2009 CAAN Board Meeting Calendar

CAAN Board Members will meet every month, on the second Tuesday of the month.
CAAN general meetings will be held bi-monthly, with the time rotating between morning and afternoon. CAAN Board meetings will be held on the alternate months, on the second Tuesday, always in the afternoon.

2009 Board Meetings (in red)
  • Tuesday, March 10 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 12 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 9 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 8 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 8 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

If you are interested in hosting a Board Meeting, please contact Meaghan Brown.

Meeting: March 10, 2009

The new CAAN Board met this week, and we have set the date for our next general member CAAN meeting.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 10th at 2:00 PM.

Our Location:
Maris Grove, an Erickson Community
200 Maris Grove Way
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Our Host Team is:
Jenn Allen- Office (610) 387-4544,
Sally Christy & LuAnn Davis

CAAN meetings will be held bi-monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month. The time will rotate between morning and afternoon.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Join the CAAN Board!

I am delighted to announce our Creative Arts and Aging Network Board, as of February 2009:

Executive Board:President- Meaghan Brown, Mid County Senior Services
Vice President- Susan Purcell, Library System of Delaware County
Recording Secretary- Jenn Allen, Maris Grove
Corresponding Secretary- Position Still Available!Treasurer- Rennie Cohen, Aging Positively
Artists’ Representative: Richard Aldorasi (more than one position available)
Steering Committee Members:Kathy Bright, Wayne Art Center
Mary Catherine Dabrowski, Mid County Senior Services
Suzanne Hayward, Community Arts Center
Stacie Nussbaum, Main Line Art Center
Several positions still available!

If you are interested in joining CAAN as a volunteer Board Member, please go to CAAN Board Descriptions and Application. Please email me with your interest or any questions at:

I look forward to continuing the great work of CAAN with each of you, and thank you for your continued support!


Originally uploaded by Eduardo!

CAAN Board Member Application & Job Descriptions

Creative Arts and Aging Network“Making movements in the community to unite older adults and the arts.”

Board Member Application
Name ________________________________________________

Organization (if artist, simply write “artist”)


Telephone Number ________________________________

Email Address ____________________________________

Board Position to which you would like to apply:
(Please mark the appropriate title)

______ President

______ Vice President

______ Recording Secretary

______ Corresponding Secretary

______ Treasurer

______ Artist Representative

______ Steering Committee Board Member

All persons applying for a Board Position shall be committed to the mission of the Creative Arts and Aging Network, attend all scheduled meetings, and shall be entitled one vote.

The goal for the Creative Arts and Aging Network Board is to be a collaboration of community arts representatives, social service agency representatives, artists and humanitarians.

The mission of the Creative Arts and Aging Network is to promote avenues and opportunities for all elders, artists, and people of the aging network to explore the arts as a means of life enhancement.

Thank you!

Fun art by Susan Shortell
Originally uploaded by eszter

Creative Arts and Aging NetworkBoard Member Job Descriptions

  • Member ex oficio of all established committees and shall call special meetings of the board.
  • Shall appoint all committees, temporary or permanent.
  • Shall see all books, reports and other items required by law are properly kept or filed.
  • Shall be one of the officers who may sign checks or drafts of the organization.
Vice President
  • Shall be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization .
  • Shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Vice President or, in absence, all duties of President.

Recording Secretary
  • Shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books.
  • Shall give and serve all notices to members of the organization, giving notices for meeting and agendas two weeks in advance of scheduled meeting.

Corresponding Secretary
  • Shall attend to all the correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary.

  • Must be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. No special fund may be set aside that shall make it unnecessary for the Treasurer to sign the checks issued upon it.
  • Shall render at stated periods as the Board determines a written account of all finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the Board at such a meeting.
  • Shall exercise all duties to the office of Treasurer.
Artist Representative
  • Shall represent the interests of participating CAAN artists at all times.
  • May act ex oficio of any special CAAN committee.

Steering Committee Board Member
  • Shall be entitled to one vote.
  • Shall serve established term.
  • Shall promote the mission of CAAN in the community and through active participation in scheduled meetings and events.
No officer shall for reason of this office be entitled to receive any salary or compensation

January 14 ~ Meeting Minutes

Creative Arts and Aging Network
Meeting Minutes
January 14th, 2009Community Arts Center in Wallingford

CAAN Members in Attendance: Maris Grove: Jenn Allen, Sally Christy, LuAnn Davis; Wayne Art Center: Kathy Bright; Wayne Senior Center: Donna Alexander; Mid County Senior Services: Meaghan Brown, Mary Catherine Dabrowski; Main Line Art Center: Stacie Nussbaum; Community Arts Center: Suzanne Hayward; Library System of Delaware County : Susan Purcell; Senior Community Services: Nikki Panico; Northwestern Human Services: Sharon White; The Philadelphia Orchestra: Christy Voytko; Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance & Media Arts Council: Jessica Eldredge; Artist: Richard Aldorasi; Aging Positively: Rennie Cohen

1) Grant Update: The 12-week program is called ArtVenture: A Moving Story. CAAN artists Kezia Lechner and Sheila Zagar are teaching the classes, held at Main Line Art Center. The classes will begin February 23rd, applications are available from anyone on the ArtVenture Committee (Rennie Cohen, Suzanne Hayward, Donna Alexander, Mary Catherine Dabrowski, or Stacie Nussbaum).

2) Small group breakout session, 4 CAAN Committees formed:
a. Marketing & Publicityi. Facilitator: Meaghan Brown
ii. Goals to work on in 2009:
1. Publish an on-line Network & Membership Directory
2. Utilize the web to attract artists and agencies to CAAN
3. Establish a year-end culminating event to present CAAN
4. Communicate throughout the year via a listserv through google or yahoo

b. Training
i. Facilitator: Mary Catherine Dabrowski
ii. Goals to work on for 2009:
1. Start an artists group to meet and to participate in on-line discussions and blogs.
Have meetings with speakers, reach a large range of artists.
2. Develop a resource manual for artists working with older adults
3. Develop a blog for teaching artists to act as a support and membership group

c. Creative Experiencesi. Facilitator: Kathy Bright
ii. Goals to work on for 2009:
1. Create and distribute surveys about groups’ services and programs to providers
of creative programming services
2. Create a tool (survey) for users of creative programming for seniors to be used to
analyze the creative programming needs of individual center participants.
3. Develop an online handbook for users of services with program options offered my
member organizations and artists, including pertinent information such as program
description, fees, etc.
4. Explore possibility of grant funding for provision of creative programming for CAAN
member facilities.

d. Artist Support
i. Facilitator: Rennie Cohen
ii. Goals for 2009:
1. Find funding for artists
2. Act as a clearinghouse for artists
3. Develop an annual artist showcase

Each group also identified the timeframe and resources needed to obtain each objective, for the purpose of keeping our meeting minutes shorter, you can find these by checking our blog at If you are interested in joining any of these committees, you can sign up at our next meeting or email Meaghan Brown @

3) Board Structure:
a. The following structured was voted on and approved by CAAN members present. For
more specific details on CAAN’s structure, and for position descriptions, please check out
the CAAN blog.
i. Executive Board- Hold All Voting Rights
ii. Steering Committee Members – Hold All Voting Rights
iii. Advisors – No Voting Power
iv. At-Large Members- No Voting Power
b. Board Members serve a 3 year term, with the option to renewed twice (1 year plus and
additional 2) for a total of 6 possible years of service
c. For the first 3 years, every board member will stay, after that some board members will
have longer terms than others and to preserve continuity and to bring new people in.

4) CAAN General Meetings
a. Will meet bi-monthly for 1 ½ hour meetings, rotating locations.
b. Board members are committed to attending all meetings, CAAN General Meetings include
Advisors and At-Large Members

5) The next meeting date will be announced February 2009.