Creativity & Community

Instead of making New Year Resolutions, I prefer to set intentions to establish a broader direction for the coming months. This year, my intentions are to improve my health, increase my creative output and strengthen my connections with friends and colleagues in my various creative communities.

 

New. opportunities are presented through work, hobbies, networking and the existing relationships with important people in my life. In 2016, I completed a training program to become an art instructor for older adults. My existing programs have been offered through libraries and seniors’ centres. The instructor training program was established by Lifetime Arts through the National Centre for Creative Aging in NYC. In 2019, I’d like to take more time to explore more of my own personal creative and artistic interests. It seems I’m always the trainer and never the participant. I can see a creative retreat on the horizon.

 

My consulting work requires me to take risks and test new programs for local cultural institutions, non profit organizations and art groups. For example, I initiated and helped develop an Aging Well with the Arts Pilot Program through the London Arts Council. I’ve worked with local cultural institutions and non profit groups to develop outreach programs for older adults. I would like to expand on this and establish a more Age Friendly Cultural scene in London and Middlesex County much like the programs in the UK.

 

Years ago, I made a commitment to maintain a creative lifestyle. While I do enjoy research and new program development, I need to take more creative and personal risks to stoke the creative fires. As we age and mature, we become less fearful of outside judgment with a diminished need to please and impress.  Shelly Carson, PhD says “Older individuals and creative types are more willing to speak their minds and disregard social expectations than are their younger, more conventional counterparts.”  I find this to be true with the Leading Edge Baby Boomers, my older women friends and colleagues born between 1946 and 1952. We do find it somewhat amusing that Leading Edge Boomers are regarded as luddites or un-engaged just because we don’t hang out on Twitter. We’re just too busy doing other things.

 

I feel part of three creative communities – London, Thames Centre and Flesherton Ontario. Flesherton Ontario has a growing arts and music scene. Because of my family history and family members, I fit right in with the locals and Toronto expats who’ve now made Flesherton their home.

 

A really big deal for me is spending more time in Berlin Germany with my son. My adult son has been living there for the past 18 years, and I have the opportunity to take one month each summer to explore and learn while I visit with him. I always return feeling inspired, energized and refreshed. All of that that leads to improved feelings of general wellness.

 

 

Shelly Carson PhD, Psychology Today: Creativity and the Aging Brain

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/life-art/200903/creativity-and-the-aging-brain

 

Lifetime Arts: Training Teaching Artists, Community Centers, Museums and Arts Organizations: https://www.lifetimearts.org/blog/2018/11/21/training-educators-from-community-centers-museums-and-arts-orgs/

 

Guillaume Trolin, Berlin Art Scene Today, In the Street Between the Galleries BerlinStreetArt.com  https://berlinstreetart.com/berlin-art-scene

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