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Folk Art and Aging: Lessons on Successful Aging and the Arts
October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presented with the Mill Race Center and the Columbus Area Arts Council, this workshop explores the importance of life review and art making to the successful aging process in the lives of seniors. Focusing on a wide range of art projects created by Indiana seniors, this program provides strategies for seniors and their families to understand late-life creativity and its benefits, as well as ways to nurture it.
Led by Jon Kay, the director of Traditional Arts Indiana, the workshop will include case studies from his years of working with senior folk artists. He will share his observations about how and why seniors make and use art and its impact on their daily lives. From colorful walking sticks and quilts to paintings and hooked rugs, seniors make art to reflect upon their lives, record their memories, and to share their stories with others. Kay’s presentation will probe these three distinct aspects of art making and explore the takeaway lessons we can learn from them. Even those who do not consider themselves artists will discover useful and creative strategies that help with positive aging. The workshop will also include interactive group activities led Jeff Kuehl, the Columbus Area Arts Council’s Regional Service Coordinator and a talented storyteller. Seniors are encouraged to bring their examples of their own art projects (if they have them), and there will be ample time for sharing and group discussion.