Organization Associated with Program
Creative Aging Network-NC
200 N. Davie St. Ste. 321-C
Greensboro, North Carolina

ARTmail is a visual arts project which uses partner exchanges and Abstract Expressionism as a means for building skills and increasing socialization. It validates self-expression, promotes creativity and connects older people of all socio-economic and ability levels across the state. The goals of ARTmail are to encourage free expression and creative growth among diverse older adults, to promote their sense of control and mastery, and increase social engagement. These in turn promote physical and psycho-social well-being. The program was launched in 2010 after a few years of development and tweaks. Approximately 180 older adults have participated in the project and a new series targeting 200 elders is planned to begin in January 2016.

Program History

ARTmail was born out of a collaboration between the Creative Aging Network-NC (CAN-NC) Executive Director and an artist. Together they developed and implemented a pilot version which was revised and honed by the Executive Director based on feedback by older adult participants and site staff. The name of the program was also changed to better reflect its purpose.

Kinds of creative engagement/ program focus Creation of Original Work, Exhibiting Artwork, Viewing Artwork, Presenting a Performance, Participate in a Class, Participate in a Workshop, Participate in a Residency, Watch a Lecture/Demonstration
Arts Discipline: Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts
Interdisciplinary Connections: Civic Engagement, Education, Volunteerism
Target Audience: Active Adults, Caregivers - Family, Caregivers - Professional, Frail Older Adults, People with Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Adaptive Program Design Hearing Disabilities, Visual Disabilities, Mobility Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Psychiatric Disabilities
Program Setting: Adult Day Care, Aging Organization (e.g. Senior Center), Arts Organization, Assisted Living, Community Center, Healthcare - Long Term Care, Healthcare - Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Library, House of Worship / Religious Center
Program Service Area: Rural, Urban
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