Special Projects

UPCOMING EVENTS:

“Rock On!… the Aging Revolution” Art Competition and Fundraiser – Click here to register Rock On Art Competition & Fundraiser

Creative Aging Network-NC (CAN-NC) will be blowing up the old-fashioned view of elders convalescing in rocking chairs through an exciting new art competition, exhibition, and auction titled “Rock-On… the Aging Revolution!” The winning group will receive a catered brunch with dessert and chair massages at their site.

Aging service providers are invited to participate by using a standard rocking chair as a canvas for their “rocking artwork”. Materials such as paint, markers, fabric, paper and wood can be used to design and adorn their rocking chair. The chair should still be functional once the design is complete. A brief description of your creative theme and a list of those who helped make your rocking artwork should be included.

The participating sites will be asked to exhibit their finished rocking chair in a prominent location in their facility throughout the month of April. CAN-NC will provide a special container to be placed by each rocker to solicit votes through monetary donations. On May 1st the rocking chairs will be delivered to the Greensboro Cultural Center for a collective exhibition throughout the month of May. (Chair pick up by CAN-NC may be pre-arranged by emailing lia@can-nc.org) A private reception will be held June 1st from 4:00 to 5:00pm followed by a public reception and silent auction from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Cultural Center to raise funds to benefit Creative Aging Network-NC.

A design consultation with one of the CAN-NC Teaching Artists is available upon request.

Registration is required. Register now by completing this form Rock On Art Competition & Fundraiser and emailing it to lia@can-nc.org by February 25th. Or you may mail it to CAN-NC, PO Box 10322, Greensboro, NC 27404.

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:

Day of the Dead: At Casa Azul’s sixth annual signature event, Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, our Café Mortal created an original ofrenda (altar) in memory of the late Stimp Hawkins, the groups founder, and other loved ones group members have lost. 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 exhibited Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th at the Greensboro Public Library.

ARTmail for Alzheimer’s: In partnership with UNCG and with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, this exciting project will help us understand how the arts impact older adults with dementia. Research results will be shared once completed. Learn more about the pilot project 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.

Learning English: An Intergenerational Arts Approach for Refugees aimed to increase language proficiency among older refugees in Guilford County through intergenerational arts. CAN-NC provided a total of 20 arts & citizenship classes to 40 refugees to increase their language proficiency and help them acclimate, find and receive services, and obtain citizenship. We worked with the Center for New North Carolinians and the Guilford College Bonner Program to promote the program and get volunteers. The classes at Glen Haven started in early February with a staggered start date in March for classes to begin at Mosaic House. The program wrapped up with a celebratory luncheon at CAN-NC at Bell House on June 10th with about 25 refugees in attendance.

 This project received support from ArtsGreensboro and Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

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