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ArtSage introduces Arts & Aging to Minnesota; Tammy Hauser
1 Dec 2013
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Making an impact by preparing artists and organizations to work with older adults

MINNEAPOLIS, MN   (December, 2013)  -   ArtSage brought together more than 250 people working in arts and aging fields from across Minnesota for a series of FREE “Intro to Arts & Aging” workshops in St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Austin, Minneapolis and Grand Rapids.  And, 27 local teaching artists and 6 arts organizations throughout Minnesota  have begun participatng in ArtSage's prestigious year-long training program to increase their skills in working with older adults.


The day-long workshops were created specifically for artists, arts organization staff, senior serving community staff members, older adults, caregivers and anyone interested in the growing field of arts and aging.  


The workshops  were  taught by nationally known teaching artists and experts Jeanie Brindley-Barnett from         MacPhail School of Music, Jane Tygesson of Opening Doors to Memory,  Jeanne Bayer from MacPhail Center for Music and Andrea Lewandowski of Ebenzer. Those who attended  the “Introduction to Arts and Aging" workshops learned to:

• Increase their understanding of qualities, characteristics and dimensions unique to the aging population,
• Develop tools and techniques to work with older adult populations, and
• Learn from leading local, regional and national presenters and experts in the field.


What people are saying:


I was overwhelmed by how positive and enriching the workshop was…The information and personal stories of residents and the impact the arts has had on their lives                                                                                                        -    Ortonville, MN participant


The free nature of the workshop is important in this struggling economy in the rural areas. Your presenters knew their stuff and spoke with passion.                                                                                                                -  Grand Rapids, MN participant



Minnesota faces an aging tsnumi resulting in more people and organizations seeking the tools and resources to provide this rapidly growing population with more  creative and fulfilling lives.  The Minnesota Department of Health states that “between 2000 and 2030, the 65 and over population will increase from 12.1 percent to 24 percent of the total state population, doubling  from 600,000 to 1.2 million people. From 2000 and 2050, the 85 and older population will nearly triple from 90,000 to 250,000.”


As our demographics change, how are we preparing to ensure older adults live a healthy, meaningful life?  In his groundbreaking book, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, arts and aging  researcher, Gene Cohen advocated for a new way of seeing older adults that moves from a "deficit" approach,      stressing losses, to an "asset" approach, stressing strengths, potential, and achievements. This research provided compelling evidence that older people who are involved in creating art, music, theatre and other artistic forms                  feel better, remain more independent, and live more meaningful lives. 

ArtSage, a Minnesota nonprofit who serves as a catalyst for the field of arts and aging, provides training for artists           and organizations, consulting services for senior organizations and resources for those working in the field of arts        and aging. Studies have proven arts promote quality of life in older adults by contributing to positive self-esteem, helping people feel confident and independent, and by lessening feelings of isolation and loneliness.  


For more information on ArtSage, visit  www.artsagemn.org 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Other Links: http://www.austindailyherald.com/2013/10/art-workshop-for-seniors-coming-to-the-hormel-home/



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