Thirty plus participants gathered from all over the world at the Creative Center at University Settlement Creative Aging Training 2015! Robin Glazer, the Director of the Creative Center at University Settlement and the powerhouse behind so much of what they do there, asked me to present again, my fourth year. The purpose behind the conference is to figure out how to address the needs of the aging population, to help them continue to be creative, if they are already artists, as they encounter health issues that prevent mobility and ease. And to figure out ways to alleviate suffering and promote healthful growth and fun for elders who are hungry for new things to think about and ways to grow. Robin brings together a great group of participants, artists and administrators of programs who want to work with the aging population, with specialists on aging, and organizations who do artwork with elders, such as OMA, Opening Minds through Art, The Alzheimers Project, the Poetry Project.
In my workshop, Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity, participants make inkblots and draw into them. Inkblots are a great activity to do with any group, from the very young to the very old, for caregivers to do with their patients, for parents to do with their teenagers, as they are a great equalizer–because they take no particular artistic skill to make, everyone is automatically an expert, and it puts everyone on the same footing. Best casino software reviews find here. Making an inkblot is like opening a little gift–so they are seductive to make, too–you can’t stop at just one!