National Center for Creative Aging Speaking at #ImpactArtsCon16!

April 14, 2016 Kelley Gibson News 0 Comments

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The Cultural Alliance of York County, in partnership with York College of Pennsylvania, stARTsomething Arts in Education, and the York County Community Foundation Embracing Aging will welcome the newly announced Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging Jennie Smith-Peers to York for the Impact Arts & Culture Conference June 23rd and 24th.

Smith-Peers will lead an Intergenerational Arts Programming Pre-Conference at York College from 9am-4pm on June 23rd.  The interactive, one-day workshop for artists, senior center staff, and those working in community organizations will focus on the benefits and strategies to plan successful programming to involve older and younger participants.  Jennie will also present a session on building intergenerational empathy and understanding through the arts at ourmain day conference at York College on Friday, June 24th.   Both events are part of the 2016 Impact Arts & Culture Conference, “The Next: the Changing Landscape of the Arts,” happening June 23-25 in York, Pennsylvania.

Jennie Smith-Peers, just announced as the Executive Director of the NCCA, has led Elders Share the Arts- a ground-breaking arts organization that provides older adults with the creative tools to transform their memories into art.. Over her five-year tenure, she has directed programs such as Legacy Art Works which is replicated around this country and in other parts of the world.. “NCCA chose Jennie Smith-Peers because she has extensive experience collaborating with stakeholders in the field of creative aging. She is a masterful change agent,” says Margery Pabst Steinmetz, President of the NCCA Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to bring a pioneer in the field of Creative Aging and Intergenerational arts to York,” states Gayle Cluck, Director of stARTSomething Arts in Education. “As a practicing artist, expert trainer, and now leader of the National Center for Creative Aging, Jennie will give our community and senior centers practical ways to involve all generations in their programming. We are thrilled about the announcement of her new leadership role at the national level, and that we can bring this national spotlight on Creative Aging to York.”

Jennie will also be joined by Margot Greenlee, master dance teaching artist and Founder/Director of Bodywise Dance, at the workshop. Margot will lead the participants through the physical, social, and emotional benefits of age-appropriate movement.

For more information on the science and research behind creative aging, visit the National Center For Creative Aging website at www.creativeaging.org

Early bird discount rates and scholarships for both Creative Aging Pre-Conference and our Main Day conference are available until May 1st. For online registration, listing of speakers/sessions, and more information, visitwww.impactartsconference.org

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