Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rockstars are Ageless

"Out of the way son, and give me that guitar…”

Thursday, October 22
5:30-8:00 pm
Philadelphia Senior Center

Join Generation Appreciation Philadelphia for a screening of the award-winning documentary Young@Heart, a film about an elder vocal group from Northampton, Massachusetts that has earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, The Ramones, and The Clash.

Check out the documentary trailer (persevere through the brief commercial and enjoy a wonderfully unique experience).

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Meaghan Brown, President of the Creative Arts and Aging Network, on the importance of engaging older adults in intergenerational arts programming though out the city. Audience members will be encouraged to capitalize on the energy and enthusiasm of older Philadelphians, an essential part of forging an Age-friendly Philadelphia.

RSVP by Thursday, October 8th to
Kate Clark at or 215-765-9000 x5072
The Chorus. This isn’t some teenage garage band attacking the classic punk rock songbook — the Young@Heart Chorus is comprised of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80, and under director Bob Cilman they’ve gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known Rock & Roll tunes.

Filmmaker Stephen Walker spent several weeks with the members of the Young@Heart Chorus as they rehearsed for their annual concert in Northampton, and the documentary offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age. Produced for British television, Young @ Heart was screened in competition at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Young@Heart will be performing in NYC at St. Ann’s Warehouse from April 20-May 2, 2010.

Meaghan Brown is the President of the Creative Arts and Aging Network, and is the Director of Adult Day Care Services for Mid County Senior Services in Broomall. A graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a Masters Degree in Gerontology, Meaghan is committed to providing opportunities for adults of all ages to participate in arts and cultural programs in their community. Prior to her work in the Philadelphia region, Meaghan created an accessibility program for the National Gallery of Art and spent several years working with low-income older adults in Tucson, Arizona. Meaghan is a Generation Appreciation Philadelphia Steering Committee member.

Philadelphia Senior Center is located at 509 S Broad St, between Lombard and South Streets. Founded in 1949, Philadelphia Senior Center has been serving the region’s older adults for over half a century. The Center is the largest in Pennsylvania and the third oldest in the country. Over 8,000 senior citizens are served annually: those who come into the Center and those who are homebound.

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Join the Creative Arts and Aging Network Group to follow CAAN events, network with other CAAN members, and discuss all things "arts and aging!"

"Creativity Communicates"

Clay artist Barbara Hanselman states, "Creativity communicates." In this video, Barbara demonstrate making basic beads in ceramic clay. It's hard to believe the beads one can create with a coil of clay and some textural enhancements! Barbara made this video while teaching older adults at Lutheran Settlement in Philadelphia to make beads.

After viewing the video, stop by her blog, BH Claysmith where Barbara shares more about herself, her work and "Creativity in Society Today."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Celebrate Creativity!

Please join CAAN at
Main Line Art Center
September 15th, 2009
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Making movements in the community
to unite older adults and the arts.

A great opportunity to

  • share information about upcoming shows, classes, or events
  • to network with people in arts and/or aging organizations
  • to meet teaching artists in our community!
See the results of CAAN's first ArtVenture Program, sponsored by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the MetLife Foundation.

Meet Todd Darr, CAAN’s business consultant through the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. Todd is helping CAAN develop a successful business plan to propel the Creative Arts and Aging Network successfully into the future.

This event is being hosted at the Main Line Art Center, where you are invited to view the 72nd Annual Faculty Exhibition, celebrating MLAC’s award-winning, professional Teaching Artists and honoring four faculty members who have provided over 20 years of creative inspiration, Robert Finch, Carol Kardon, Francine Shore and Nury Vicens.

9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:30 CAAN Update & Introduction to Main Line Art Center
10:00 Meet & Greet, Network, View 72nd Annual Faculty Exhibition

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Main Line Art Center: 746 Panmure Road Haverford, PA 19041 [Phone] 610.525.0272

Please RSVP to Meaghan: 610-325-1496 or by September 8, 2009