Friday, April 30, 2010

Facebook 4-5-6... Take Notes!

Yes, some of you are still figuring out if a Facebook Fan Page will put all your personal information out there for all in the universe to find. Keep reading our posts about Facebook. Be assured that only people you "approve" as friends can view your personal page. Your Fan Page does not automatically share all your personal information.

For those of you who are now beyond beginner, American Express has an article by Matt Silverman sharing 5 Essential Apps for Your Business. For an example of an App--check out Creative Arts & Aging Network's Events Tab. (And RSVP to our The Arts for All Ages: A Creative Conversation while you're there!)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A First Friday Invitation from CAAN Artist Kezia Renee Lechner...

Please join me on First Friday, May 7th
anytime between 6:00 & 8:30 P. M.
to view my art work which will be on display
at Silicon Gallery on 3rd Street in Philadelphia!
Please look at your more formal invitation for specific details!
First Fridays are like one big party!!!! Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Kezia Renee Lechner

Monday, April 26, 2010

Don't Forget to RSVP to Our Arts & Aging Event--Just 3 Weeks Away!

The Arts for All Ages:
aA Creative Conversation

Thursday, May 20, 2010
5:30 – 8:00 PM
The William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Have fun meeting other people,

and enjoy a lovely spring night immersed in the arts!
  • Hear from artists and professionals about the impact that art has in the lives of older adults.
  • Learn about local organizations that are promoting arts and aging opportunities.
  • Bring business cards to swap, along with flyers, postcards, brochures about your organization to share on the Creative Conversation Resource Table.
  • Wine, refreshments and networking begins at 5:30, followed by an Interactive Art Panel
  • Organizations represented on the Panel include:
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Kennett Area Senior Center
Philadelphia Senior Center
(and the project: The Best Day of My Life So Far)

 RSVP on our Event Page at Eventbrite
or call Meaghan Brown at 215-665-2456

The Arts for All Ages: A Creative Conversation is part of Celebrate Arts and Aging, the month-long festival presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in honor of Older Americans Month May 2010

Sponsored by

and supported by  

Friday, April 23, 2010

More Facebook is Easy as 1-2-3! Take Notes!

OK, so you've taken the leap and you now have your very own Facebook Page. 
You haven't done that yet? Still need more help? Well go back and check out our Take Notes post from Tuesday, OK, Class, Let's Review Facebook. Now you're ready to go on to the next steps:
  1. Mashable (love that name!) reminds you that yes, you need to set up a Facebook Fan Page and then tells you How TO: Set Up a Winning Fan Page.  It's a beginner’s guide to setting up and getting the most out of your Facebook Page. And go to Mashable's Facebook Guidebook for lots more great information. If you have already set up your Facebook Fan Page, you'll find beyond-beginner information here too. Yes, yes, we are a Fan of Mashable's Facebook Page.
  2. NetWit's Think Tank shares 11 Quick Tips to Enhance Your Facebook Fan Page. View their Facebook 101 for Nonprofits slideshow and then scroll down to find 11 great tips from good sources. What?! NetWit Think Tank does not have a Facebook Page.  Hmmmm . . .
  3. Over on Beth's Blog, Beth Kanter shares her notes about "emerging best practices for nonprofits who want to set up Facebook Fan Pages." Read So You Want a Facebook Fan Page for Your Nonprofit? Here's the Scoop! Beth does have Beth Kanter's Blog Facebook Page and we're a Fan!
Did you Take Notes?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Memoirs: Making Sense of a Life

Linda L. Riley has written a nice article for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) Milestones e-news, Memoirs: making sense of life about Jerry Waxler.
"Jerry Waxler is passionate about memoir writing. Not just his – yours."

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Waxler will be presenting the FREE program Find the Story in Your life: Four Steps to Translate Memories into Memoirs on Sunday, April 25, 2010, 2:00 –3:30 P.M. at Fishtown Airways, 200 E. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

 You can find some great articles and really helpful writer's information on Waxler's website, his blog, and on his Memory Writer's Network, such as:
  • Types and examples of memoirs
  • Find story elements in your (ordinary) life
  • Frequently asked questions about published memoirs
  • The birth of an adult storyteller

Monday, April 19, 2010

OK, Class, Let's Review Facebook . . .

If you've been following our blog, hopefully, you Take Notes! But, just in case you need a little refresher, here's what we've covered so far:

First, before you do anything else, take a minute and become a fan of Fan of Creative Arts & Aging Network's Page on Facebook: Are you a Fan now?  Ok, now we can move on.

  1. Take Notes!Facebook 101 & Facebook 102 Still need some help starting this whole facebook thing? Read this posst for some how-to details for setting up your own Fan Page
  2. Take Notes! Become a Fan Check out this post and learn a little more about how to use Facebook.with some suggestions on who else you might want to become a Fan of on Facebook.
  3. Facebook is Easy as 1-2-3! Go back and read this post to be reminded that you need to create a Facebook Fan Page--whether as an Organization serving Older Adults or as an Artist. And now is the time to do it.
  4. More Facebook is Easy as 1-2-3!  Coming soon! is right here. Take Notes!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Creativity, Arts & Aging From One Little Link . . .

Take a minute and go grab a cup of coffee (or tea).  And maybe something to munch on too.  But come right back! 

Settled in?  OK, let's do some exploring around the internet for interesting (and short) bits to read about creativity and aging.

Let's start with the latest PCACares News Bulletin which directs us to Poets of Dementia,
which in turn, sends us to More Silver Screen ... Plus a Few Good Books,
which then leads us to Goodbye, Spry Codgers. So Long, Feisty Crones,
which takes us to the end of this path--well worth it just to discover Aging Services of California's motto:
 Aging is an active verb.

Now, let's go back to Poets of Dementia and head off in another direction.
Let's follow the trail to A Novel Take on Assisted Living,
which leads us to Finding Activities for Parents With Memory Loss,
and we'll end up at 10 Ways to Work Out Your Brain in 5 Minutes or Less.

One more time, Poets of Dementia will lead us in yet another direction.  Finish up your cup of coffee with a nice, warm and fuzzy read My Mother's Watch.

Amazing where just one link can take.  Do you have any interesting links you want to share?  Send me your link in a Comment and I may use it here for another exploration.  Who know where your link will take us?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Hollywood Sell Comes to Philly!

Howard Rosenman's seminar,
The Hollywood Sell
at Derexel University
Saturday, April 17
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$50  $40
(with Student ID $30)

And a personal invitation from local, U Penn grad Todd Shotz:

Hello all! As many of you know, I have been working with my great friend, legendary film and television producer Howard Rosenman (Father of the Bride, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stranger Among Us) in presenting his seminar The Hollywood Sell, an inside look at producing for the screen, all over the country.

If you or someone you know have hopes in selling a script or aspire to work in film plese consiser joining this seminar this coming Saturday, April 17...

For those of you who aspire to work in film or are currently working in film or TV, this is a perfect seminar for you -- it is both inspiring and informative. For those of you who simply love film and TV, you will completely enjoy this time with Howard as he tells the most amazing and entertaining stories about his 35 year career in show business. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested in attending.

For our friends, family members and colleagues in the Philadelphia area, we have arranged a special discount code for $10 off admission. The friends' coupon code is TSGUEST, which can be applied on the final purchase page after entering your credit card for $10 off the ticket price.

For students, we have arranged a special rate of $20 off the ticket price by using the code STUDENT. [Valid ID must be presented at the door.]

Tickets are available online here.  Take a minute to check out The Hollywood Sell on Facebook!
P.S. Thanks to Todd's Mom, Barbara Shotz (COO of Senior & Educational Programming), Howard will also be doing a FREE talk about his life and his films at the senior center at
Thursday, April 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
10100 Jamison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116
Phone: 215-698-7300

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

You Are Invited to a Creative Conversation!

The Arts for All Ages:
A Creative Conversation

Thursday, May 20, 2010
5:30 – 8:00 PM

The William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hear from artists and professionals
about the impact that art has in the lives of older adults.
Learn about local organizations
that are promoting arts and aging opportunities.
Have fun meeting other people and
enjoy a lovely spring night immersed in the arts!

Network and enjoy light refreshments and wine at 5:30
Art Panel and Discussion at 6:00
Hear from artists, older artists, storytellers and more . . .!

Bring business cards to swap,
along with flyers, postcards, brochures
about you or your organization
to share on the Creative Conversations Resource Table.

RSVP to Meaghan at 215-665-2456
or RSVP on our Facebook Event Page

Sponsored by Creative Arts & Aging Network
and supported by Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Arts & Creative Aging Across America

When an old person dies, it’s like a library goes up in flames.

Susan Perlstein's Arts and Creative Aging Across America may have been written eight years ago, but Susan's insights are still powerful today.  Susan Perlstein founded Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) in 1979 in New York City. In this article, Susan shares that it was in 1998 that the National Endowment for the Arts spurred her to put together a national organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and the quality of life of older people.  This became the National Center for Creative Aging.

If you want to hear more from Susan, go to Growing Bolder and listen to a short audio clip.  Thanks to the Community Arts Network  you can also read Generating Community Intergenerative Partnerships Through the Expressive Arts, the first chapter of a book Susan co-authored  in 1994.  Note: This is no longer available to read on Community Arts Network.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Take Notes! Social Media Is Not Gibberish - Part II

Still confused about Social Media and Social Networking?  Let me just give you this important piece of advice ...
... treat each venue as a way to connect with an audience that would care about you and your work.
Well, ok, that isn't actually my advice.  I "borrowed" it from Artist Luann Udell, who shared this very important tidbit in her post ALL THIS SOCIAL MEDIA and Still Nobody’s Asking Me to Dance.

You're an Aging Services Organization ... well, ok, more accurately, you work for an Aging Services Organization ...  Hopefully you've been Taking Notes and you've entered the world of Facebook.  Are you starting to understand a little more about Social Media as a way to connect and share what you're doing?
You're an Artist and sure, you're busy creating Art ... but, hopefully, you've also been Taking Notes and have at least created your Profile on Facebook.   Who better than to learn more about all this Social Media connecting and sharing "stuff" than from other Artists?  
And remember, as an Organization Serving Older Adults or as an Artist, Social Media is just ... a way to connect with an audience that would care about you and your work.

Keep reading Friday's Take Notes! We'll start talking about Blogs in April.