Friday, February 26, 2010

Looking for a Part-Time Gig?

Inspiring Opportunities is the weekly email from Coming of Age Philadelphia for people 50+ who are making a difference in their communities and in their lives.

One of their weekly features is Have We Got an Opportunity for You! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities and this week's email has four interesting part-time opportunities you may be interested in:
  • Research Assistant for Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program
  • Educator at National Liberty Museum
  • Art Museum Project Coordinator
  • Campaign Coordinator Needed at Union League
Go here to find out more about each part-time opportunity.
Coming of Age and WHYY together have Wider Horizons,a weekly series of audio, and web portraits on experiencing a new coming of age.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

engAGE! Celebrate Arts and Aging: Call for Artists

Mark your calendars for engAGE! Celebrate Arts & Aging, the month-long festival presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for Older Americans Month.  

Throughout May 2010, engAGE: Celebrate Arta & Aging will showcase the achievements and creativity of older artists. Artists age 55-plus are invited to submit works to be considered for exhibition during the month of May. This year's celebration of older adults and art includes Delaware County as well as Philadelphia and events will be promoted on the Philly Fun Guide.

Interested? Go here for more information and click here for an application.  Hurry--because submission deadline is March 25, 2010!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Listen to a Little Art and Soul Radio

Professional Artist Catherine Foster and Artist, Writer Sheryl Allen have a weekly blogtalkradio show Art and Soul Radio.  Enjoy this segment with Artist Coach Ariane Goodwin and two smARTist Telesummit Keynote Speakers, publicity expert Joan Stewart and Painter, Printmaker and Collage Artist Jonathan Talbot. Joan shares her ideas on how to write your Artist Bio (and how not to write it!). Jonathan is old enough to remember saving aluminum foil during WWII and shares a great metaphor using this memory.

Art and Soul Radio has great segments that you'll find really useful, such as their interview with Art Biz Coach Alyson Stanfield and author of I’d Rather Be In the Studio talking about the "6 Principles of No-Excuse Self Promotion" or the interview with Artist and Art Advisor Aletta de Wal sharing her "Tips for Marketing Your Art" whether you are an emerging, mid-career or established artist.

Now go grab that cup of coffee or tea listen to this audio interview. 

P.S.--Yes, Art and Soul Radio has a Facebook Fan Page. Become a Fan!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Take Notes! Social Media Is Not Gibberish!

It's Friday. so Take Notes!  First, go get yourself a cup of coffee or tea.

Have your cup of coffee or tea yet?  Now make yourself comfortable and view Beth Kantor's slideshare Arts and Social Media.  You may need to view this more than once.  First time through, however, don't worry that some of this seems like Gibberish* to you.  Take in the message.  I know, I know, you don't "get" this Twitter business--yet.  That's OK.  There's a lot more to social media than Twitter.

Beth explains what social media is and how to "listen."  Listening is the first step.  And, no, this is not a passing fad.  Social media is here to stay.  Learn how to use it. 

*Gibberish, derived from Jabber, is often confused with Gobbledygook and Mumbo Jumbo, and sometimes erroneously called "Social Media."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I Cannot Be Silent . . .

"I Cannot Be Silent: Testimonies of Peacemaking" is a timely and thought provoking grass roots documentary film by Vic CompherCompher's film celebrates the lives of several elder activists from the Philadelphia area who have spent their lives advocating for peace, and seeks to introduce their vital legacy to a new generation.
Documenting that the peace movement is alive and the torch is being passed to the next generation of peace makers "I Cannot Be Silent" is an important film. If you feel the same way or would like to be kept up to date on screening and events related to the film check out I Cannot Be Silent Blog or follow @Icannotbesilent on twitter or on Facebook or just send an email.

The broadcast premier of "I Cannot Be SIlent" as part of Philadelphia Stories 7:
MIND TV (35.1)
Thursday 2/18/10 9 p.m., Saturday 2/20/10 9 p.m., Sunday 2/21/10 1 p.m.
 GlobalMIND (35.2)
Friday 2/19/10 8 p.m., Saturday 2/20/10 11 p.m.

You can also view "I Cannot Be Silent" online.  For the purposes of internet broadcast, the  45 minute film has been broken into six sections, according to the chapters in the film. Though not available at full resolution or with the accompanying montages that link the sections together, these six interviews make up the bulk of the film.

"I Cannot Be Silent" is available for screening in your home, school, church or community center. The Film maker and members of the cast are also available to moderate a lively discussion and lead an after film Q and A. Contact us at if you are interested.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What is the Difference Between Art and Craft?

Thoughtful Question: What is the difference between Art and Craft?
I invite you to share your thoughts using Comments at the bottom of this post.

If you need some prompting, watch this brief YouTube Video the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) shared via on Twitter (@walkerartcenter).

What IS the difference between Art and Craft ...?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Do something today to make someone feel good--

"Smile with face, smile with mind, aad good energy will come to you."

Here's a smile for YOU!
Happy Valentine's Day from Creative Arts & Aging Network!

Big Boy Smile
Originally uploaded by elycefeliz

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Making Art on the Bus ...

No excuses for not making time for your passion.  You can be creative every day.  Be inspired by oil painter and watercolor Artist Kathleen McElwaine:
"I paint because it is the way I know how to participate with life at any given moment."

"My Daily Paintings - on the bus and in my studio" is the tagline for McElwaine's Blog. If you enjoyed McElwaine's BusPainting video, then keep scrolling.  She has more to share.  This next short video is McElwaine talking about her journey as an Artist, how everyone can be creative and how (and why) she makes Art on the bus. 

Please take a minute and go here to vote for her video in the Art Stars: My Art Journey Contest. McElwaine is one of 28 finalists. The winner of the contest will be determined by whichever video gets the most views until April 30, 2010. So, even though it is shared here, stop by and add your vote for the BusPainter.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Spotlight on Marie Ulmer: "Art Is Just Something I Have To Do ..."

Judith Zausner's Interview with Local Artist Marie Ulmer

Marie Ulmer is an amazing 92 year old artist living in Philadelphia. She is focused and talented and shares her life story in the Arts.
  Marie Ulmer Self-Portrait c.1941 gouache

When did you realize that you wanted to make Art?
As far as I can remember, I always wanted to make Art. I started out drawing myself and then created drawings of the neighborhood children
Where did you study art?
I studied at what is now called University of the Arts but was called School of Industrial Art when I went there. I chose that school because they had a variety of subjects that I was interested in. I graduated in 1941.
What kind of art did you specialize in?
I specialized in illustration and used watercolor and gouache
Did you work other places before your career at the Free Library?
I had various jobs before the library. During war time, it was hard to get a job so I worked at a few places including a drafting job for a couple of years. Then I was hired at the Free Library. They hired me to shelve books. Since they did not have an art department at the time, a boy and I started it. I became involve in setting exhibits, designing showcases, and making posters, brochures flyers, and leaflets. The work was very varied. I worked there for 31 years when I took retirement.
What kind of art do you especially enjoy?
I enjoy fantasy illustrations.
I understand that you may have an upcoming show.
Yes, the owner of the Bambi Gallery on 2nd Street is interested in my work. He’s planning to put together a show in cooperation with another gallery.* I have hundreds of pieces of work at home and have worked in many mediums including ceramics, weaving, painting, and jewelry making. I also have written poetry.
*(Bambi & Proximity Gallery presented Marie Ulmer “Tell All” at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, September 24, 2009.)
You have been retired for many years. Do you have some words of wisdom for keeping your passion for art alive?
Art is just something I have to do, it keeps me going, I always look forward to it.
Read more about Marie Ulmer and her art here and also in theartblog.
Judith Zausner is a CAAN Board Member, consultant, teacher, designer, writer, owner of Caring Crafts, Inc. and writes the Creativity Matters blog.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Services in the Suburbs... Here's the Correct Link!

Another "Oops Moment"! (Thank heaven for erasers!)

Here's the working link to register for Services in the Suburbs and to find out more about the 10 participating organizations: yes, when you click right here, it will work!

     Register Now!    
Services in the Suburbs is a great way to meet the staff of your local service organizations and to find out about new opportunities.   Don't forget to say "Hi!" to us--Creative Arts & Aging Network while your there.
Originally uploaded by hollyoh7

We'll Be there ... Will You?

Presented by
Your Arts & Culture Service Organizations
 Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
invites you to an Open House Event

Services in the Suburbs
Tuesday, February 23rd
8:30 - 11:00 AM
at the
Main Line Art Center.

What a great idea! An easy and fun way to learn about the variety of programs and services available to you. And, if you haven't yet visited the Main Line Art Center, this is the perfect opportunity. Thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, 10 organizations are participating--including yours truly, the Creative Arts & Aging Network.

Here's the Who's Who List of participating organizations, and you can go here to find out more about each of them.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
Creative Arts & Aging Network
Dance/USA Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business
Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project
Regional Foundation Center
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia

Come to the Open House anytime between 8:30 and 11:00 AM. (If you're an early bird, enjoy a continental breakfast while you're there.)

See you at the Main Line Art Center on Tuesday, February 23rd!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Golden Years & Furry Ears...

GenPhilly will be hosting a panel of experts in the fields of aging, animal welfare, & social services and together we will:

  •  Learn how adopting an animal can benefit the physical & mental health of older adults, and identify the challenges that older pet owners face
  • Discuss how animal shelters & rescue groups could increase adoptions, improve “save rates,” & expand their volunteer base by engaging with older adults
  • Consider how pet ownership, especially among older adults, can contribute to healthier, stronger neighborhoods for Philadelphians of all ages
  • Hear best practices from “Pets and Elder Team Support (PETS),” a project of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) in New York City
Thursday, February 18, from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm
*Informal networking begins at 5:00 pm (feel free to bring dinner at that time, as there is no eating in the theater)

Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S. Broad Street
(Near South Street; Broad & Lombard stop on the Broad Street/Orange Line)

RSVP Deadline: February 12, 2009

To RSVP or for more info, contact Kate Clark

at  or (215) 765-9000 ext 5072
or go to GenPhilly's Facebook Event Page  to RSVP online

 About Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly)
Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly) is committed to promoting an age-friendly city by inspiring emerging leaders to make connections with older adults in their professional and personal lives. We aim to bring a new perspective to Philadelphians in a variety of disciplines through creative programming and networking opportunities. Check out our events and subscribe to our event listserv at