Nat’l Endowment of the Arts releases report on creativity and ageing

Call it a longevity boom. But we’re getting old.
One in seven Americans is 65 or older and that number will double by 2020.
Considering such a demographic shift needs to be a concern of arts presenters and groups, the National Endowment of the Arts has concurred.
John Alexander, (Beaumont, Texas, 1945 - ). Dancing with an Old Pair of Legs, 1984. Oil on canvas. Michener Acquisitions Fund, Blanton Museum of Art
John Alexander. Dancing with an Old Pair of Legs, 1984. Oil on canvas. Michener Acquisitions Fund, Blanton Museum of Art
Today the NEA and the National Center for Creative Aging released a report from the recent “The Summit on Creativity and Aging.”
As part of last year’s White House Conference on Aging, some 75
experts in arts, aging, design and health services gathered to discuss salient issues.
Among the recommendations determined by summit participants was to launch a national campaign to reframe arts services, in order to address the reality and benefits of longevity, combat ageism and promote intergenerational programs and services.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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