Friday, January 29, 2010

Take Notes! What's Social Networking Got to Do With Arts and Aging?

Aging Service Organizations, you are always looking for ways to attract Baby Boomers.
Artists, you are always looking for new audiences to engage. Well, take a look at this Today Show video Boomers Taking to Social Media. Take Notes!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Love Comes to the Philadelphia Free Library

Carol Denker, Author of
Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love after 50
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
11:00 a.m.

"Author Carol Denker found love in her 60s and realized, Romantic love really IS timeless! She also realized there was little in our society to reflect that truth. No images of older couples in love! Too few stories about how wonderful it could be! So for two and a half years, Carol traveled the U.S. to interview and photograph people who had found transformative love after midlife. The results can now be seen in this magnificent and inspiring book."

Join Carol Denker for an author talk and book signing.

As a journalist who met the man of her dreams in her 60’s, Carol traveled all over the country interviewing people for this book. All of the photographs were taken by photographers based here in Philly and some of the most compelling stories in the book are provided by locals who live here.

Learn more about Carol and her book here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Take Notes! Become a Fan!

Take Notes is easy today. Just go to Facebook, sign in and get connected now.
You have signed up for Facebook by now, haven't you?  What?!  You haven't joined yet! Stop what you're doing--right now--and watch this eHow video How to Register and Join Facebook.

Oh, you did join Facebook.  Great!  Need to learn how to actually use Facebook?  Watch eHow videos like How to Create and Build a Facebook Profile and How to Post Photographs and Notes on Facebook and more...  (Note:  Ignore instructions to select a regional network.  Facebook has removed this.)

So now you've asked some real life friends to be your Facebook friends.  It's time for you to become a Fan!  Just click on the links below and then click on their Become a Fan button.  Why?  To  get great information and news from them, of course!

Become a Fan of Creative Arts and Aging Network"Making movements in the community to unite older adults and the arts."

Aging Services Organizations, become a Fan of Non-Profits On Facebook: "This Page is a resource for non-profits and other organizations for social good. We built it to help you harness the power of Facebook and bring positive change to the world."

Artists, become a Fan of Art:"Bring out the artist in you and connect with people through Art!"

Friday, January 15, 2010

Painting Process & Artist Chuck Close

In the video below, listen to 60 year old artist Chuck Close share his thoughts about the process of art in this talk titled, Painting Processs / Process Painting for MOMA.
“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just get to work.”

Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair since 1988, Close has continued to work with a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. Close is a painter, photographer and a "master printmaker who has, over the course of more than 30 years, pushed the boundaries of traditional printmaking in remarkable ways."

Take Notes! Facebook 101 & Facebook 102...

Ok, you found Facebook.
You've signed up and you have a Profile and you have Friends.
There's more to do...

What, you think Facebook is a fad?
There's a whole lot more for you to do...

As an organization serving older adults, you need to create a Facebook Fan Page.
As an Artist you need a Facebook Fan Page

Whoever you are, wherever you are, you need to go to “How Non Profits Can Use Social Media – Facebook Edition” and find out what to do next.

Take notes!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oops Again!

So sorry--I included an dead link to Judith Zausner's article in Aging Today.  But don't worry.  You can read her article Creativity Entrepreneur is a True Believer on page 10 here. Download it or preview it for some great reading!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Spotlight on Judith Zausner

Judith Zausner is in the news!  Judith's article Creative Entrepreneur is a True Believer was published in the November-December 2009 issue of Aging Today, the American Society on Aging's (ASA) bimonthly newsletter.  Scroll down to page 10 and you can read Judith's insightful article in this national newsletter.  She talks about her work and shares an example of how reconnecting to creative activity changed a woman's life in such a positive way.

"Creativity is the engine that makes things happen."

And since you're already there on ASA's newsletter, why not enjoy reading the other great articles about aging creatively, such as The Light of a New Creative Age by TimeSlip's Anne Basting & Peter J. Whitehouse on page 7; The Creative Age Explores New, Uncharted Waters by  National Center for Creative Aging Director Gay Hanna; "Journeys" is a Meaningful, Many-Storied Quilt by Mimi Schreiber; an interview with 83 year old artist Bobbi Gray; and an excerpt from Richard and Alice Matzkin's book The Art of Aging.

In addition to being a CAAN Board Member, Judith Zausner is a consultant, teacher, designer and writer who works to empower elders and people with disabilities through creativity. She is the owner of Caring Crafts, Inc., which provides craft kits for adults who have fine motor skill difficulties and/or cognitive problems, and writes the Creativity Matters blog.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Think Social Media is a Fad?

So, you think this Social Media thing is not for you? You're an artist not a computer person! You work with older adults not young folks!

Watch this video and see the impact possibilities of Social Media.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Artists: Apply Now!

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), in partnership with NewCourtland, is pleased to offer Philadelphia area artists the opportunity to participate in an exciting, community-based fellowship. Through CFEVA's NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, 8 artists will be selected to bring innovative and engaging art-making to older adults in sites throughout Philadelphia.

To apply, artists are asked to develop an intergenerational project that brings New Courtland’s residents together with school age children/teens to create a meaningful experience and an exciting artistic project. Work created by residents and their school-age partners during the 2010 Fellowship Program will be exhibited with the work of the artist fellows in a large, well publicized exhibition entitled Art is Ageless.

Each of the 8 accepted artists will receive a fellowship award of $2,500. Artists will be responsible for conducting ten 1.5 hour workshops, attending several preliminary and post-workshop meetings, attending one sensitivity training session, and participating in the Art is Ageless exhibition in Spring 2011. For more details and an application please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or Application deadline is March 5, 2010.

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Originally uploaded by Ujwala Prabhu

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Grab Your Camera... Grab Your Pen... or Grab Both!

As part of the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers (PASC) Conference, to be held in State College, March 4-5, 2010. PASC is sponsoring a competition for photographers and poets to showcase their work. Professional and amateur photographers and poets, aged 50 and older, are invited to submit works related to aging.

The theme of this year's PASC Conference is: “The Winds of Change – A Vision of the Future.” In the photography category, contestants may submit up to three, previously unpublished, original photographs, printed from slides,negatives or original digital file format, in color or black and white, related to aging, highlighting this year’s theme. Poetry contestants may submit up to three, previously unpublished, original poems, also based on this year's theme.

Prizes will be awarded for each category: 1st—$100, 2nd—$75, 3rd—$50.

No entry fee is required, but entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2010and will not be returned. The winning photos and poems, as well as other selected photos and poems, will be displayed at the PASC Conference, March 4-5.

Note: Do not send the only existing copy of any work of art. All entries become the property of PASC and will not be returned. (The artist retains copyright, although PASC retains the right to one-time publication.)

More more complete details of the Photography and Poetry Competition, go here and read the Submission Criteria.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Time to Make Your 2010 Plans!

Happy New Year from CAAN!

Here are 6 motivating reads to help you make your New Year's resolutions, goals, plans, lists...

  1. Alyson Stanfield says, "You're responsible for your own success." Read her post Escape the PMWP (Poor Me Whining Phenomenon) for some motivation towards success.

  2. Ready to get things done? Another one of Alyson's ArtBizBlog posts, Identify (only) the next action, will help you gain clarity to begin.

  3. Christine Kane shares her ideas on How to Make a Vision Board.

  4. Learn How to Mind Map to organize your thoughts, solve problems, brainstorm new ideas in a very visual way.

  5. To learn how to market your success this year, go to Kivi Leroux Miller's Nonprofit Marketing and check our her many Articles on Nonprofit Marketing and Communications.

  6. Most important, read Aging "creatively" benefits mind, body, spirit to reaffirm the meaningfulness of working this year to bring Art and Aging together.
May 2010 be an Artful year for all!