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ReFraming Aging: Health, Happiness and the Arts
February 16, 2019 @ 12:00 amFree
“It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years to life? our objective must also be to add new life to those years.” John F. Kennedy
ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts, an exhibition on view at the Silvermine Arts Center from February 16–March 23, 2019, will feature artists who are making the some of strongest works of their careers. Their visually compelling art in a variety of media addresses socially relevant humanities ideas—engaging visitors of every age. ReFRAMING Aging will debunk myths about aging, deepen visitors’ understanding of why lifelong creativity matters, and inspire intergenerational bonds—illuminating what it means to age creatively in our youth-oriented society when people are living longer.
The Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided generous support for dynamic humanities programs—a keynote lecture, moderated panel discussion, and family day storytelling. The exhibition and programs are free and open to the public.
Saturday, February 16 – OPENING EVENTS
* 2 – 4 pm Opening and Keynote Lecture The Science Behind the Art: How Everyone Can be Creative, and Why it Matters with James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and a leading scholar on creativity
Sunday, March 3 – CONNECTING THROUGH CONVERSATION * 2 – 3 pm “Better with Age” Lecture and Conversation with Robin Jaffee Frank, PhD, Director of Strategy and Development, Silvermine Arts Center, author and art historian * 3:30–5 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A on Creativity and Healthy Aging moderated by a physician from the Geriatric Assessment Center
Saturday, March 23 – FAMILY DAY * 2–3 pm Conversation with award-winning painter, children’s book Illustrator, and author Leonard Everett Fisher and Anne Butler Rice, Director of Education at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art * 3–4:30 pm Drawn Together – A Multigenerational Experience Story Time: Readings of the critically and popularly acclaimed books Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat; and Inkling by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith. Both stories are about how making art connects family members across generations. Art Making: Following the Reading, Silvermine Teaching Artists will lead art-making activities for children and accompanying adults.
Artwork – James Grashow, Herons in the Stream , Corrugated board, wood, acrylic