The Transformational Power of the Arts in Healthy Aging - Conversations with GIA

sponsored by: 
Grantmakers in Aging
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 11:00am

What is the unique power of the arts to foster growth and expression at times of physical and emotional challenges? This question is being asked by researchers, philanthropists, and aging services providers across the globe.  Drawing on their extensive experience as artists and teachers, Anne Basting  and David Leventhal will share their perspectives on ways the arts--theater and dance in particular--foster community, create a sense of purpose, and nurture skills of expression and communication in older adults. This webinar will begin with an overview of the unique benefits of rigorous arts practice as it relates to aging. Basting and Leventhal support their points through case studies related to their own award-winning programs--Basting's TimeSlips Creative Storytelling and the Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease) program. The conversation concludes with a focus on recommendations for sustainable replication of best practices in large and small communities across the country before opening for questions.