2014 THE CREATIVE AGE: Exploring Potential in the Second Half of Life

In 2014, the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) launched the first national leadership exchange and conference on creative aging, bringing together national and international experts in arts, aging, and health for an exchange of research, practice, and policy.

NCCA is the national clearinghouse for information at the nexus of creativity and aging.  NCCA serves a broad individual and organizational membership that hails from across the United States and around the world. NCCA’s 2014 conference convened leadership in creative aging from diverse backgrounds including researchers, practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and business professionals from arts organizations, aging services, healthcare, and social work.

The 2014 National Leadership Exchange and Conference was a keystone in the framework for the field of creativity and aging.  As the primary convening for this rapidly growing field, the 2014 conference served 395 attendees through the main conference day.  Pre- and post-conferences served 173 professionals in the field—all of whom returned home with best practice research and programming to transform organizations across the country and around the world.


Who Attended THE CREATIVE AGE in 2014? 

395 individuals attended the 2014 pre-, post-, and main-day conference. 
  • 32% identify as an executive in their organization, institution, business, or corporation.   
  • 22% work in academia including university professors, administrators, and teachers.
  • 15% of our audience are artists, teaching artists, and creative professionals.



Global Impact of the 2014 Conference

  • Regionally, the 2014 conference attracted Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. executives, administrators, and professionals from all sectors.
  • Nationally, attendees gathered from across the United States spanning 26 states from California, across the Mid-West, and stretching up and down the East Coast.
  • Globally, attendees hailed from six countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.


2014 Conference Agenda Book

To see a listing of sessions, locations, and speakers Download the 2014 Conference Guide


2014 Sponsors

Thank you to the NCCA sponsors and partners from the 2014 Leadership Exchange adn Conference who convened more than 500 individuals from more thean 6 countries and 26 states. Throughout the year, your support has sent ripples of change around the world! 

2014 Platinum Sponsors

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities        Life'sDHA    Pabst


2014 Gold Sponsors 



2014 Silver Sponsors 

Benjamine Rose    Iona    LeadingAge Logo     

2014 Bronze Sponsors 

Matz, Blancato & Associates ♦ Phyllis Cohen ♦ Lane Kent