Special Projects

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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ARTmail for Alzheimer’s: In partnership with UNCG and with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, this exciting project wraps up with our final Collective Exhibition on Friday, May 26th with a reception from 2pm to 4pm at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 2nd Floor, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401.  The artwork will be on display through mid-June. Learn more about the research at https://www.uncg.edu/hhs/home-page/art-mail-2016.html and about ARTmail at www.can-nc.org/artmail

This project received support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

LGBTQ Elder Toolkit: CAN-NC is creating a LGBTQ Elder Toolkit utilizing interviews from the “Then & Now: exploring LGBTQ stories across generations” documentary and supplemental printed materials to educate healthcare staff and other aging service providers about the issues facing older people who identify as LGBTQ in our state.  The Toolkit will feature  the 30 minute Then & Now documentary followed by short segments on specific topics such as terminology, discrimination, family, religion, and legal issues. An accompanying booklet will include questions for discussion as well as stats, common myths, resources and more. The Toolkit and associated training program by CAN-NC staff will launch in the spring of 2015. For more information contact Lia Miller at lia@can-nc.org or 336-253-0856.

Watch the video that launched this project at http://www.can-nc.org/lgbtq/.

This project received support from the Guilford Green Foundation.

 

RECENT EVENTS:

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Day of the Dead: At Casa Azul’s sixth annual signature event, Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, our Café Mortal group created an original ofrenda (altar) in memory of our dearly departed facilitator Stimp Hawkins. The tradition of the ofrenda is to honor the loss of one or more loved ones or the loss of one or more prominent community member(s).  The ofrendas were open to the public for exhibition Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th at the Greensboro Public Library. See photos from the event at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeAgingNetworkNC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154749482682236

Dance that Moves: Creative Aging Network-NC continues looking for ways to improve the lives of older North Carolinians and we are proud to have offered a half-day training by Michelle Pearson to address fall risk and dementia reduction in older adults through dance.

Dance that MOVES! is a program that engages people of differing ages, abilities, and life experiences in the dance making process. Together, they create dances that elicit and nurture multiple dimensions of health and wellness, gain dance and choreography skills, and develop deep community connections. Trainees of Pearson’s workshop engaged in best practice choreographic and dance making methods that lead to the generation of innovative movement and meaningful artistic expression. They engaged in interactive arts experiences that can be applied to working with differently abled populations in healthcare settings. They also experienced unique opportunities for reflection on their work and clinical practice with patients, as well as reflection on their personal development and growth as healthcare providers and/or artists.

Following the training, Dance That Moves! workshops were facilitated by Pearson in three different North Carolina cities – Heritage Greens in Greensboro, Durham Center for Senior Life in Durham, and Southminster in Charlotte. Thanks so very much to these three wonderful hosts for their participation and support.

7th Annual Creative Aging Symposium: Move & Be Moved, Friday, May 6th, 2016 at Southminster in Charlotte.

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  This project received funding from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Creative Aging Network-NC (CAN-NC) brought together thought leaders and innovators in the arts and aging fields at its 6th Annual Creative Aging Symposium on May 6th, 2015 at The Lusk Center in Greensboro. The event featured Garrett Davis, playwright, CEO and founder of Gdavis Productions in Winston Salem. Learn more…

Check out our special projects photos on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CreativeAgingNetworkNC.

Where I’ve Been & Where I’m Going: Elder Stories from the South engages African American, immigrant, and refugee elders in literary and fiber arts residencies with professional teaching artists Howard Craft and Jan-Ru Wan: Beginning in Winter 2015, this 2-part residency series consisted of memoir and poetry writing classes followed by fiber arts classes. Craft engaged participants in writing exercises to find themes, meaning and emotion related to personal life experiences. He encouraged participants to write about cultural traditions from both early childhood and today, and discuss how these related to living in the south. Participants were also encouraged to write about their “bucket list” and dreams for the future. Following the writing series, Wan began working with the same older adults to guide them through a fiber arts residency. They focused on re-using old clothes to create new fashions utilizing the stories and poems from their written work. Participants explored their creative abilities and learned about design, stenciling, screen printing, stitching and sewing as well as ways to create a “re-use” community. Through altering and recreating clothing that was once treasured, elders were able to breathe new life into old apparel and discovered a new channel for creative self-expression.The project culminated with a public presentation by the elder artists scheduled during the month of May as part of the CAN-NC Arts Festival. See the photos at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153006286567236.1073741835.56980837235&type=3.

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Cultural Memory Books: Older Montagnard refugees and other minorities engaged in paper- and book-making, as well as storytelling using visual images and words. CAN-NC teaching artist Betsy Renfrew first taught them about the process and techniques of making paper. Materials from nature were used to prompt memories and stories. Natural items such as bamboo, okra, mulberry tree bast and others were combined with torn, recycled papers to create pulp. As plant materials were introduced, the teaching artist encouraged discussion of plants and nature from their lives growing up. This provided an excellent opportunity for those from Vietnam to practice their English. This discussion was a crucial part of class time to build social connections and focus each elder on the theme of their books. An reception celebrating their completed works was held in June at The People’s Perk. Check out the photos on our Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153158128777236.1073741838.56980837235&type=3 and https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152830880867236.1073741831.56980837235&type=3.
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Wine & Design We always have a great turnout at Spring Arbor of Greensboro for this painting and networking event. Attendees get a fun painting lesson while enjoying  delicious wine and refreshments and networking with other professionals. Check out the photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153040784442236.1073741836.56980837235&type=3

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