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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:13pm
For Eugene Watts, 74, line dancing has been his lifeline for over 20 years. 
 
Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Eugene moved to New York at the age of 17 with dreams of attending college. However, he was soon faced with the responsibility of finding work to help support his sister, a decision he does not regret and that led him to discover a love for haircutting and skin care which...
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:44pm
For Evelyn Lynch, 90, artist, nurse, and mother, painting has always held a special place in life. She had no art training growing up, but art profoundly shaped who she is today. After moving to Germany over 65 years ago when her husband served in the army, Evelyn brought art into her experience by taking painting lessons in Stuttgart, Germany from local painter, Kurt Schmidt. Schmidt introduced her to oil paintings. Eager to see her work come alive Evelyn couldn’t wait for the...
Beautiful Minds: Tammie Fowles
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:53pm

For Tammie Fowles, 55, art has always played a major role in life. For 25 years she has made music and art a part of her work in psychotherapy. It all started when Tammie worked with a client who never spoke when in sessions. Tammie created an open environment with soothing music and asked her to draw her thoughts and feelings with crayon and paper. It was then that Tammie witnessed firsthand the creative connection as the client started communicating.

This became a theme of her work...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:33am

Develop professionally and creatively with NCCA and key national leaders in aging, arts, and health May 19-21, 2015 at the nation’s capital during the 2015 Leadership Exchange and Conference. This seminal event will bring together arts and humanities , health, and research professionals; artists; caregivers; and all who want to age creatively; to exchange ideas and engage in the practice, research, and business of creative aging.

Additional dynamic events surrounding the conference...

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Dwan Smith-Fortier
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:14pm

Dwan Smith-Fortier, 70, has always felt the most comfortable being in front of an audience. Even as a small child, so small she had to stand on a box, she delivered Christmas recitations in church with a power and a voice beyond her years.

She began acting after transferring to California as an employee for IBM. While in California she auditioned for small plays and commercials landing many roles. After getting signed by major agents she starred in the movie Sparkle, General Hospital...

Gay Hanna
Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:52am

On January 23, 2015, Gay Hanna, Ph.D., M.F.A., will be the keynote presenter for the Life Planning Network Chesapeake Chapter meeting.

The meeting will be held at Tysons-Pimmit Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043.

The presentation, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, will highlight the many benefits creative expression has on overall health...

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 3:36pm

Registration for the 2015 conference, The Creative Age: Creativity and Aging in America will open in January, 2015. The conference will be held in Washington, DC, on May 19 – 21, 2015. NCCA will be providing updates as we approach the launch of registration. The 2015 conference will align with the White House Conference on Aging focusing on the business of creative aging, the research of creative aging, and the practice of creative aging. These tracks will insure that everyone from artists...

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Beautiful Minds: David Nelson
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 4:28pm

David Nelson, 65, began storytelling in elementary school. With each “elaborate lie” he told on the playground, David was able to draw his friends into his stories. In high school, David fell in love with writing adding another piece to his storytelling abilities.

Despite his passion for storytelling, David began his career as a physical therapist. During this time he wrote for many international and national journals, magazines, and other publications about preventing injuries while...

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:04pm

On December 11, 2014, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Dr. Jane Chu will be visiting NCCA at IONA Senior Services to discuss NCCA's local programming. 

4125 Albemarle St. NW

Washington, DC 20016

202-895-9456

**Refreshments will be served**

RSVP by December 9, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:21am

At 75 years of age Carol Siegel of Alexandria, Virginia lives a very active and creative lifestyle. Nominated by Arts for the Aging where she has worked as a teaching artist for the last 16 years, Carol is celebrated as one of the nation’s most Beautiful Minds. Carol had a gratifying career in photography that included teaching younger people but it...

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