Practice Plenary – Flourishing: The Power, Practice, and Potential of Creative Aging

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Arena Stage, Fichlander

Drawing on years of experience and leadership in the arts, the Practice Track plenary speakers will place the practice of creative aging in the context of a national discourse. Looking toward the future, they will highlight needs, illuminate key trends, and inspire participants to raise the bar for the field.  

Objectives:

  1. Identify and discuss key trends in the practice of creative aging.
  2. Provide a context for the practice of creative aging within a national discourse.
  3. Outline the need for new practices and techniques in the field of creative aging.

Presenters:

  • Beth Bienvenu, Ph.D., Director, Office of Accessibility, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Susan Perlstein, Founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts (video)
  • Peter Whitehouse, Professor and Strategic Advisor Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto

Long Live Arts Ambassadors:

  • Eva Bittner, Director, Theater der Erfahrungen, (The Netherlands)
  • Dominic Campbell, Co-Founder of Creative Ageing International, (United Kingdom)
  • Mia Grijp, Artistic Leader, Sering, (Belgium)
  • Peggy Olislaegers, Director, Dutch Dance Festival, (Germany)

Moderator:

  • Jorge Merced, Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater