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Long Live Arts

cultural participation by older people


Upcoming event
Creative Dinner Long Live Arts
28 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium


Subprogramme Long Live Arts

All information regarding the various workshops and presentations at the conference is listed below. All conference sessions are subdivided by theme - Research, Practice, Policy and Crossing Borders – and each subtheme has a corresponding colour. Click on the coloured area to find more information on the particular session.

In the Long Live Arts conference set-up, you compose your own subprogramme. To make sure you are able to participate in the sessions of your choice, please indicate your preferences directly on your registration form. Please note that selecting sessions during the conference itself isn't possible.


Themes


Research
Interactive sessions on scientifically based evidence regarding the proven impact of cultural participation by older people. How can art practitioners be strategically persuaded to work with older people? Learn about the particular impact of cultural participation on health and general well-being and on the added value of art.

Practice
Discover how dynamic presentations on state-of-the-art projects may serve as a brainchild for your cultural projects for older people. Think of innovative co-creation projects, local projects that are expanding internationally, new digital applications, working with older people of different ethnic origins and the intergenerational practice.

Policy
National and local policy proposals, developments and results regarding cultural participation by older people. Meet experts on age-friendly cultural methods for the urban city and for institutions and organisations. Which local policy practices reveal (inter)national aspirations? How can we close the gap between health care and the cultural sector?

Crossing Borders
Projects that represent a cross-border cooperation between cultural organisations or speakers originating from different countries. Find out about the dos and don'ts of cooperating internationally. How can cross-border cooperations be mutually beneficial? What can be learned and how is the acquired knowledge shared afterwards on a national level?

Ambassadors
The pink sessions on Friday 22 May refer to the Long Live Arts Ambassadors.They will represent the best of the best of Long Live Arts at the US conference 'The Creative Age' (19-21 May 2015, Washington, DC). To conclude the Long Live Arts conference, the ambassadors will share their presentations with the European audience. Be prepared to be inspired by their knowledge, experiences and encounters in the US!

 

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Thursday 21 May


Crossing borders

Type Crossing borders
Topic
Title TANDEM Community & Participation: transnational collaboration between cultural organizations
Description TANDEM Community & Participation establishes long-term partnerships between cultural organisations in the field of community arts, amateur arts and arts education. Cultural managers from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom take part in programmes on citizens’ inclusion and active participation in local arts and culture and community life.

Two interdisciplinary projects will be presented:
1. Opening Doors
Droomtheater (Rotterdam, NL) and Urban woorden (Leuven, BE) have created a community arts project based on “shadow slam poetry”: a unique combination of shadow puppetry and slam poetry.
2. NowHere!
Stichting Kunst in de Zorg ((Arts in Care Foundation) (Amsterdam, NL)) and Equal Arts (Gateshead, UK) have developed a creative space for artists working with older people with dementia, in order to share and learn from and with one another.

The presentation focuses on how to instigate transnational collaborations, how to set up joint working methods, and how to deal with the challenges of cross-border projects.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
theatre practitioners
art educators
teachers
caregivers for people with dementia
volunteers
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doThe audience will learn how to set up transnational collaborations. Hands-on experiences on exchange projects will be presented and the audience will hear about the interesting opportunities of 'importing' and 'exporting' different cultural and historical motives and disciplines.
Presenters Ms. Alice Thwaite
Ms. Marjolein Gysels
Mr. Frans Hakkemars
Mr. Tunde Adefioye
Bio


Policy

Type Policy
Topic Health care and the cultural sector
Title Art-health sensory projects: activating and inspiring people in elderly care settings.
Description Sensory designs that integrate colours, imagery, sounds, textures, scents and tastes, are used to evoke significant memories and life stories, enhancing the wellbeing of frail older people. These artistic health projects have made significant contributions to the sector: e.g. positive effects on job satisfaction of care professionals and less burden to family and caregivers.
Only few sensory projects have been evaluated scientifically. In order to bring sensory projects to a next level, it is needed to connect the solitary projects, exchange ideas and experiences, and develop a body of knowledge. Windesheim University of Applied Sciences has set up an interdisciplinary platform of artists, art educators, health care educators and researchers. With the programme “Senses in Care” they intend to facilitate collaborations between the sectors of health care and culture and to develop tools and guidelines for professionals.
This session will introduce the programme, followed by three presentations from successful art-health sensory projects in the Netherlands.
Targeted audience researchers
policy makers
practitioners
artists
health care professionals
designers
technologists
Know/able to doParticipants will be presented with successfully proven practices and collaborations between artists and health care professionals. They will receive guidelines for future collaborations between these sectors and required criteria for research and development.
Presenters Mr. Cretien Van Campen
Mr. Henri Snel
Ms. Vera Broos
Ms. Carlijn Stevens
Bio • Cretien van Campen: author, specialized to the senses in art and science; researcher at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research|SCP.
• Henri Snel: architect and interior architect, head of Inter-Architecture (Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam); researcher on Alzheimer and Architecture.
• Vera Broos: artistic director at Stichting Kunst in de Zorg (Arts in Care Foundation): initiator of the interdisciplinary platform Zona’s Kiosk.
• Marjolein Gysels: anthropologist (University of Amsterdam) with expertise in elderly and dementia care.
• Carlijn Stevens: interaction designer (Weergaaf Design Studio); specialized into projects of interactive sensory design for elderly care institutions.
Type Policy
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title The Society of Art and Cultural Geragogy: a Platform for Exchange
Description To increase the number of older people that engage in arts and culture, more specifically trained culture professionals are required. In 2011 the Federal Academy in Wolfenbüttel (Germany) and the University of Münster, together with the Institute for Culture and Education for older people in Remscheid, each developed a postgraduate programme on cultural education, targeted at artists and carers that work with older people.
Besides training, these culture professionals also need a forum for exchange, support and joint representation. The newly founded Society of Art and Cultural Geragogy aims to be a forum for graduates and professionals and a platform for exchange. Most importantly, the Society promotes a better understanding of these professionals at a local, regional and (inter)national level. This entails enhancing the quality of cultural work with older people and the working conditions, as well as strengthening the overall recognition of the importance of cultural participation by older people.
Targeted audience policy makers
practitioners
artists
museum staff
art educators
teachers
Know/able to doThe interesting story of the Society illustrates how special interest groups can help improve the recognition of professional post-graduate programmes in new fields and support professionals and older people who engage in art and cultural geragogy. Participants will be able to actualize similar activities in other fields and countries.
Presenters Ms. Sabine Baumann
Bio Dr. Sabine Baumann, Head of Department of Visual Arts at the Federal Academy for Cultural Education Wolfenbüttel, Germany, has developed a new postgraduate professional training course in Artgeragogy and is chairman of the newly founded Society of for Art and Cultural Geragogy in Germany, that unites different German institutions and individuals working in the field.
The Federal Academy for Cultural Education Wolfenbüttel is one of the largest institutions for professional trainings for cultural education in Germany. Around180 workshops, conferences, trainings and extension studies for professionals are organized per year in various different areas of art and culture.
Type Policy
Topic Age-friendly cities
Title AGE INCLUDED - superdiversity and age
Description Western cities are populated by an increasing amount of people with a migrant background, varying from the first to the fourth generation, and with that a subsequent growth in the ageing population. This ‘dynamic diversity' or 'superdiversity’ will determine the composition of our city lives. Particularly older people deal with an unrecognizable rapid change in every aspect of society and tend to isolate themselves from the increasing complexity of their lives.

Music Generations offers intergenerational talent development and social and cultural interaction: different generations meet and enjoy the arts in a safe environment. Started as a Rotterdam Cultural Capital of Europa programme in 2001, Music Generations has intervened in many cities to promote its inclusive approach. Music Generations aims to convince policy makers that an age friendly city is a city where its inhabitants of all ages relate to each other culturally, socially and politically and can therefore work and perform side by side.
Targeted audience policy makers
politicians
practitioners
art educators
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doThe participants will walk away with a new view on how to connect the different target (age) groups. Most cities fund separate social, cultural and health programmes. With simple and cost effective methods, a connective diversity approach will be beneficial for the entire civil society.
Presenters Ms. Conny Groot
Bio Music Generations represents the end of a 14 year development from a Rotterdam Cultural Capital of Europe program in 2001. Back then the main aim was to value - migrant - seniors for their cultural heritage through concerts. Research by Erasmus University proved that both participants and audience rarely visited cultural institutions. Since then the program has become more and more intergenerational from the view point of diversity. Artistic team consists of psychologist/musician Paul Mayer (54) and late bloomer with a background in theatre science and cultural management, Conny Groot (57).
Type Policy
Topic Health care and the cultural sector
Title The Finnish Way - a holistic view on creativity
Description Finland is the fastest ageing country in Europe, demanding a innovative view on ageing in the future. Art enables new modes of self-expression and communication for older people.
The Finnish way entails a holistic view of humanity: all people are creative and the social and emotional well-being of a person is just as important as the physical well-being. Finland has therefore taken an alternative path in bringing arts and culture into everyday care of older people.

The national government has set up an action programme 'Arts and Culture for Wellbeing' and appointed a Cultural Planning Officer, who acts as mediator and specialist in both culture and social and health care, builds networks and encourages co-operation, and organises pilot projects in care residencies for older people. Artists have become more interested in the social and health care sectors and art-based methods have been developed as a new tool for professional caregivers.
Targeted audience policy makers
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doThe audience will learn how arts and care are being combined in Finland. They will get new, fresh and concrete ideas on how to connect the health sector with the culture sector.
Presenters Mrs. Kajantie Marianna
Mrs. Raisa Niemi
Bio Mrs Marianna Kajantie has been involved in several EU-funded projects, such as Arts and Diversity, promoting immigrant artists and cultural actions in suburban areas. Lately she has been seeking to give new employment opportunities to artists and to improve access to the arts for older people (Osaattori -project).

She is the managing director of Lasipalatsi Media Centre Ltd. Lasipalatsi has gathered a solid knowledge of cultural projects and has coordinated several EU projects like the culturally oriented TARU project (www.taru.info) funded by ESF, the URBAN project Kontupiste, and Fotorally funded by Culture Program (www.fotorally.eu).
Type Policy
Topic Health care and the cultural sector
Title Health care property and cultural breeding grounds in Amsterdam
Description The Dutch health care system is changing: current policy promotes that people continue to live at home for as long as possible, even if they (partially) depend on others for care. This brings forth a shift in real estate portfolios of health care organisations as well. The closing of nursing and retirement homes often makes headlines, stressing the lacking quality of life of the residents and the difficulties for the health care provider to substantiate commitment from their employees.

We propose that vacant nursing and retirement homes (to be) maintain an innovative purpose, namely in the art factories policy of the municipality of Amsterdam. Artists should be commissioned to design a concept, that generates cultural, social and spatial added value for older people in their own neighborhood. This suggested art factories policy should contribute to Amsterdam’s policy for older people, initiate innovation through an unexpected approach, and connect with older people.
Targeted audience policy makers
health care professionals
managers
politicians
Know/able to doThe presentation will illustrate to those present the advantages for both parties (health care sector / arts and culture sector) in accomplishing cultural breeding grounds in vacant buildings of health care organisations.
Presenters Ms. Hetti Willemse
Mr. Jaap Choufour
Bio VI. Jaap Schoufour: head Bureau Broedplaatsen, municipality of Amsterdam
Hetti Willemse, Publicarea, bureau for material-social cooperation in the public sphere. www.publicarea.nl


Practice

Type Practice
Topic Engage Energetic Older People
Title Older people and their city lives: a local photo project in Amsterdam.
Description In the Amsterdam area De Pijp, a group of older people (with ages ranging from 50 to 100) is taking photos of their daily life. The majority followed lessons at first, by photographer Caro Bonink and students from the Photo Academy. Participants have their own camera or borrow a small digital camera. Phones and tablets are also used. Some may take hundreds of photos, while others only take a few per week. In the same manner, certain people like to work alone, and others prefer meeting up and working together. All paces and ways of working are possible, making this project very unique.

Goals: to work with older people in a creative way, to let them document their own life, to convince them to leave their house and meet others, to make a connection between young and old, to show people how older people can live independently in the city.
Targeted audience policy makers
artists
art educators
teachers
health care professionals
Know/able to doWhat you can expect at the presentation:
o Short introduction on Stichting Karel and the project
o Slide show with photos and quotes
o Short film with interviews with participants
o Experiences of Caro Bonink and the students
o How to set up a similar project yourself
o Hand out
Presenters Ms. Caro Bonink
Ms. Nynke Coenraads
Bio Stichting Karel, Leuker Langer Leven (longer happy life) was founded on the 4th of October 2013 in memory of my father Frans who died in 2011 following a six year illness. As a nickname he called himself Karel.
Stichting Karel strives for a longer happy life through small-scale projects in the field of the arts, health and social connection. In addition Stichting Karel wants to give older people a different, positive and strong image.
Caro Bonink (49) is initiator of Stichting Karel, photographer, urban photographer and volontary health care worker in the Pijp. See also www.stichtingkarel.nl
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title Ageing Well - Creative Engagement Tools
Description In 2014 the UK based Encounters Arts designed a creative consultation and engagement process for the Torbay Community Development Trust that involved over a thousand people and was recognised as a key factor in the successful bid for £6 million to deliver a national Ageing Better programme in Torbay over the next six years.
The 'Ageing Well ToolKit' included a 3-D paper 'House' that people filled in with their thoughts, ideas and experiences of ageing. Over a hundred volunteers were trained to deliver the toolkit on an one on one basis to groups and individuals. The toolkit was also taken out to the streets, setting up 'Ageing Well Sofas' and creative activities in public spaces across the area, opening up a wide discussion about ageing.
At the conference, an 'Ageing Well Creative Space' will be set up, so that participants can take part in the toolkit creative consultation activities, learn more about the process and explore applications to own context.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
designers
technologists
art educators
managers
Know/able to doTop Tips for Creative Community Engagement. Learning about how arts and creative approaches can deliver Creative Consultation/mapping outcomes. Ideas for application to own context. Time to reflect on own thoughts/experiences of Ageing and how we could be doing Ageing Well.
Presenters Ms. Ruth Ben-Tovim
Bio Ruth Ben-Tovim, Encounters founder & Creative Director has worked as a professional artist for 20 years, using the transformational power of the arts to work creatively with thousands of people in the arts, voluntary & public sectors. Encounters are a socially engaged arts organisation specialising in The Art of Invitation. Since 2003 they have been designing projects & interventions that inspire creativity, dialogue & exchange between people of all ages & cultures. They create spaces and processes for people from all walks of life to explore their relationship with themselves, each other, where they live and the wider world
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title My House of Memories
Description This presentation explores how the ‘My House of Memories’ digital memory resource was co-created by National Museums Liverpool and people living with dementia. The app is the first of its kind and provides access to a wide range of art and cultural content linked to Liverpool and of wider UK interest, and connects users with the museums’ collections.
To address the increasing societal challenges that dementia presents, the app was developed as a tool to support interactions, cognitive stimulation and involvement in meaningful activity, whilst also providing communication ‘toolkit’ guidance for the health and social care sector. The content is therefore selected to be relevant (time line circa 1920-1980) and the design allows people to browse objects from across the decades. To ensure the resource was effective, a user-centered design process was undertaken through a tested model of co-creation, bringing older people living with dementia and their carers together with the museum.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
designers
technologists
health care professionals
caregivers for people with dementia
social workers
policy makers










Know/able to doAt the end of the session, the audience will have improved awareness and understanding of the value of museums and galleries to dementia care practice. Practical guidance and ideas will be shared to help improve communication opportunities and co-creation with older people, connecting them with with their local cultural provision.
Presenters Ms. Carol Rogers
Ms. Claire Benjamin
Bio Carol Rogers, MBE, is the Executive Director for Education and Visitors at National Museums Liverpool and has led the development of the award winning House of Memories project. Claire Benjamin is the Deputy Director for Education and Visitors. National Museums Liverpool compromises eight museums in Liverpool, England.
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title Matching older people's expertise with new technologies
Description STRP organises a biennial on art and technology, with STRP SENIOR as specific programme aimed at older people with a passion for technology. It bridges the gap between their expertise – in electronics, mechanics and engineering – and the creativity of young artists. People with shared interests are much more eager to learn from each other, which in turn leads to innovative works of art.

STRP is based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and builds on its demography. Many local older people had careers at one of the technology-oriented companies in Eindhoven (e.g. Philips or DAF). STRP identified a wish among older people to work on contemporary projects and an interest among young technological artists to learn more about none-digital techniques. This resulted in a programme that is fairly male-oriented, since in this age group mainly men had technical professions. Generally speaking, women participate in cultural activities, making STRP SENIOR a hidden gem.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
designers
technologists
art educators
teachers
Know/able to doWe will show and share the best practices we have gathered over the course of this project. Sharing our experiences and dos and don’ts might be of help to fellow practitioners regarding projects they might be working on.
Presenters Ms. Shirley Hendrikse
Bio The organization of this project is STRP. STRP brings together art, technology, experimental pop culture and science and links these to a wide and diverse audience: people with a curious mindset who are open to new experiences. Over the course of five editions STRP has grown into one of the main indoor art & technology festivals in the Netherlands and even Europe.

The presentation will be held by Shirley Hendrikse and Ellen Zoete – project leader and project manager of STRP SENIOR. Furthermore Noortje van den Eijnde, visual technological artist and workshop leader within the programme, will display some live examples.
Type Practice
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title Celebrate Life - A best practice approach to beating loneliness.
Description Celebrate Life is an innovative approach to helping older people beat isolation and loneliness. Celebrate Life started with a local pilot event for a handful of people in 2005 and has since grown to a national foundation: nowadays 1500 dedicated volunteers assist 20.000 people per year. The volunteers enable older people to visit the theatre, concerts, museum and movies.
The focus of our work is social, since loneliness among older people is an urgent social problem. Celebrate Life has an evidence-based strategy to tackle this problem, which we will share in this presentation. Our work is validated through scientific research by Anja Machielse of the University of Utrecht.
The benefits of the programme undoubtedly run deep, as it increases the self-worth of the participants. It is enriching for those helped as well as for the volunteers. Hostmanship is a key strength, and the testimonials of many happy participants testify to the effectiveness of the work.
Targeted audience policy makers
practitioners
academics
researchers
volunteers
older people
health care professionals
social workers

Know/able to doThe audience will be inspired by this positive project and will learn about the enormous power of this kind of volunteer-based work. They can translate the concept to their own policy, and will understand the steps to implementing a local project and growing it into an (inter)national event.
Presenters Ms. Annerieke Vonk
Bio Stichting Vier het Leven is a young, ambitious and social enterprise.
It is an initiative of two passionate women, Annerieke Vonk (MSc Sociology ) and Helma van Heerikhuize (MSc Communication).
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They signalled a need among frail elderly to go to cultural events together with other elderly and volunteers who can assist.
Vier het Leven (Celebrate Live) is a national foundation that runs on many volunteers, cultural partners, sponsors and donors. The annual growth rate is determined by the contributions of others. We cherish the ambition to expand nationwide and maybe further then that.
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title The Large Letters Festival: a literary event in residential care facilities
Description The Large Letters Festival is a new literary event in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The festival takes place within the residential care facilities for older people of Vitalis WoonZorg Groep. The festival offers a dynamic program of literature, music, theatre, lectures, workshops and performances and features an open call writing contest.

In 2014 the first edition of the Large Letters Festival was realized, featuring performances by well-known Dutch writers and musicians such as Kees van Kooten, Annejet van der Zijl, A.L. Snijders and Spinvis. The event also featured upcoming talent, both young and old. The performances were illuminating and the audience was excited, creating an exceptional atmosphere that brought literature lovers of all ages together.

This presentation offers our perspective on the benefits of using unconventional locations to realize extraordinary cultural projects. We would also like to show how to present the (often hidden) potential of older people in literature and on stage.
Targeted audience policy makers
practitioners
artists
health care professionals
Know/able to doWe offer a new perspective on the benefits of using unconventional settings to realize extraordinary cultural projects. Our presentation also shows how to present the (often hidden) potential of older people in literature and on stage. It inspires to bring people together through their love for art and literature.
Presenters Ms. Noortje Kessels
Ms. Maaike Mul
Bio Noortje Kessels is the founder of ‘De Literaire Salon’ (The Literary Salon, www.deliterairesalon.nl), a meeting place for readers and writers in the elderly residential facilities. Kessels is also an editor and program developer at the literary production company Wintertuin.

Maaike Mul is art and culture coordinator at Vitalis WoonZorg Groep. She initiated a number of exceptional art projects in Vitalis, utilizing designers, artists and photographers.

Kessels and Mul organized The Large Letters Festival. They also collectively realize the Writer in Residence-project ‘Schrijver in huis’: wherein a young writer lives and works for three weeks in an apartment of Vitalis.
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title Words, touch, movement: alternative communication between caregivers and people with Alzheimer's
Description The Marino Marini Museum in Florence (Italy) has developed a programme in 2014 for caregivers, family members and professionals working with people with Alzheimer's, to make them more aware of different communication strategies that they can implement in their relationship with people with Alzheimer's.

The activities that the museum offers to people with Alzheimer's are, although significant, only momentarily. Focusing on the caregivers instead, can result in a more meaningful relationship for the everyday life. 'Communicating with people with dementia' is a series of six meetings, in which family and professional caregivers experience how observation becomes a tool for understanding emotions and nonverbal expressions of the people in their care. Through increased attention to words, sounds, gestures, facial expressions and body movement, it is possible to stimulate and prolongate communication. A focus group, consisting of participants of the programme, will be reflecting on the proven possible types of communication with people with Alzheimer's.
Targeted audience caregivers for people with dementia
health care professionals
museum staff
art educators
volunteers
older people
Know/able to doAt the end of this presentation, participants will have gained a deeper understanding of the condition of a person with Alzheimer's and will have greater awareness of some possible communication strategies that will be useful for the everyday relationship.
Presenters Ms. Chiara Lachi
Ms. Cristina Bucci
Bio As leaders of the Marini’s Education Department, Cristina Bucci and Chiara Lachi project and coordinate all the educational activities(schools, families, access programs). Together with Luca Carli Ballola and Michela Mei, geriatric educators, they have created the project "Art in your hands" dedicated to people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
The Museum hosts a large number of works donated by the sculptor Marino Marini (1901-1980) to the City of Florence. The museum, an important space for modern and contemporary art, offers the opportunity to retrace the artistic itinerary of one of the greatest Italian sculptors of the twentieth century.
Type Practice
Topic Engage Energetic Older People
Title Older Men Moving: engaging older men from ethnic minorities in dance
Description Based in London’s East End, Green Candle Dance Company has been working with dance and older people for 28 years. Older Men Moving engages older men of Somali and Bengali origin (ages 50-95) in weekly workshops. The group focuses on health aspects such as developing co-ordination and motor skills, greater flexibility, better cardiac functioning and muscle strength, in order to lessen the risk of falls and improve fitness. The workshops have also important social objectives: improving emotional well-being and combatting isolation, increasing participants’ knowledge and awareness of each other’s cultures and contributing to the psychological well-being of older participants.

This project is unusual in engaging older men – the hardest demographic to reach with cultural activity – and in being directed towards specific ethnic minority communities. The workshop will invite participation, so that delegates can directly experience the company’s approach, and will be illustrated by photos and film of the project.
Targeted audience practitioners
choreographers
dancers
health care professionals
Know/able to doThe audience/participants will have practical experience of Green Candle's approach to and methodology for working with older men of different ethnic backgrounds. They may come away with some new ideas about the challenges and rewards of working with different and specific cultural groups and with older men.
Presenters Mr. Fergus Early
Bio Workshop leader Fergus Early is Artistic Director of Green Candle Dance Company, based in London's East End. Fergus had an early career as a ballet dancer, then trained and taught at the London Contemporary Dance School. He was a founders of X6 Dance Space and Chisenhale Dance Space, before founding Green Candle in 1987. He was awarded the OBE for services to dance and holds an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University Green Candle works for and with children and young people and older adults, in a pioneering programme of performance, participatory projects and training.
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title New communication strategies: art and poetry for people with Alzheimer's
Description “With many voices” is the Palazzo Strozzi project dedicated to people with Alzheimer’s, their relatives and their caregivers, offering them a stimulating, enjoyable and enriching activity.
"With many voices" focuses on observation and imagination, rather than memory and cognitive skills, to stimulate the use of the remaining communication abilities. The project is designed to offer people with Alzheimer’s a chance to express themselves through art and, at simultaneously, to offer caregivers a model of communication that is still available.

The workshop aims to present the communication strategies used with older people in the context of art exhibitions at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (Italy). The workshop will include the active involvement of the participants. They will be asked to observe a work of art and to write a poem together inspired by it, using the same techniques as those in the Palazzo Strozzi during the activities dedicated to people with dementia.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
caregivers for people with dementia
volunteers
health care professionals
social workers
older people
Know/able to doParticipants will know a way to engage people with dementia through art and poetry. They will discover that with a few words, one can create a poem that not only portrays the work of art with great depth, but that also offers an opportunity for self-expression.
Presenters Ms. Cristina Bucci
Mr. Luca Carli Ballola
Bio Cristina Bucci works at the Education Department of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi for which deals with projects of accessibility, interpretative materials and activities for schools. She has developed projects for people with dementia in several museums in Florence and has trained museum educators and geriatric educators in Tuscany. Luca Carli Ballola, professional educator, specialized in the geriatric field, is working with Palazzo Strozzi and other museums in Tuscany for the development of projects for people with dementia.
Palazzo Strozzi is the main place for temporary exhibitions in Florence and the city’s laboratory for how to create new value with culture
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title Community Art – A Poetic Archive on Aging
Description A Poetic Archive on Aging is an art project developed in a day care centre for older people, in Lisbon (Portugal). Constança Saraiva gathered stories from older people. The beautiful, moving and valuable material made her question why we don’t think about our own ageing. Saraiva approached a local primary school and asked the children what they wanted to be when they grow old. The interesting answers led to an exhibition and storytelling afternoon with the two generations, creating an everlasting bond between the institutions. The book 'Community Art – A Poetic Archive on Aging' documented the art project.

The presentation will underline the importance of artists working with older people, and present methodologies of research and practice in community arts. The Poetic Archive, a way of archiving the cultural heritage of older people, will be explained. Children’s drawings, stories by older people and two videos will also be part of the presentation.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
designers
writers
social workers
art educators
teachers
Know/able to doThe participants will understand the importance of art in a social context, learn some of the artistic methodologies used in the project and are hopefully inspired by a successful intergenerational project. The collected stories from the two generations show that we are a lot closer than we would have assumed.
Presenters Ms. Constança Saraiva
Bio 2009 by the Fine Arts University in Lisbon.In 2013 finished her master thesis with Summa Cum Laude honour about Community Art by the Fine Arts University in Lisbon. In 2014 published the book Community Art – A Poetic Archive that addresses the issues of aging, its value nowadays and its curious empathy with younger generations.
Since 2010 is involved in Community Art projects in territories of social exclusion, is interested in art practices that involve people and communities.
Type Practice
Topic Intergenerational Practice
Title Red Square meets Culture Club - Examining a successful Intergeneratinal Collaboration
Description Butler Gallery (Kilkenny, Ireland) has been working with teenagers through its Red Square Youth Programme for many years and in 2012 the gallery formed the Culture Club as a similar programma for adults. This workshop will investigate how these two groups merged to form an intergenerational group, committed to exploring contemporary visual art and theatre together.

Part of Butler Gallery’s annual education programme is visiting the Kilkenny Arts Festival. After an introductory meeting, where attitudes to ageing and age-related stereotypes are discussed openly, the group attends exhibitions and productions together. They discuss their thoughts on these cultural experiences, sharing personal perspectives.
The project is evaluated annually: both teenagers and adults consider it engaging, informative and enjoyable. They also state that their perceptions on other age groups have changed.

The presentation will outline the collaboration, chart its successes and discuss its challenges. It will also include facilitation techniques used to bringing groups together.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
teachers
practitioners
theatre practitioners
artists
social workers
Know/able to doThe audience will get an understanding of how the arts provide the perfect platform for intergenerational communication. They will be presented with a practical overview of facilitation strategies used to encourage connection and open communication, and learn how a flexible approach and on-going evaluation contribute to the most positive experience.
Presenters Ms. Bairbre-Ann Harkin
Bio Since it’s establishment in 1943, ButlerGallery has been one of Ireland's most vibrant contemporary art spaces. The Gallery exists on-site and off-site, as a place of interaction between artists and the public – a contemporary space within the non-contemporary setting of medieval KilkennyCastle.
As Education Curator, Bairbre-Ann Harkin facilitates visitor engagement with the Gallery’s exhibitions and permanent collection through a range of education and access programmes. She completed an education internship at MoMA NewYork in 2010 and has facilitated public programming at Dublin Contemporary 2011, Turner Prize 2013 and in 2014, training at the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius Lithuania.
Type Practice
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title Luminate: how a national festival can stimulate local arts development
Description Luminate Director Anne Gallacher and Glasgow-based artist Deirdre Nelson will discuss the role that can be played by a diverse, national creative ageing programme in encouraging and stimulating the development of creative practice with, for, by and about older people at a local level.

Luminate is Scotland’s annual creative ageing festival, reaching over 67.000 people in only its second year, after its launch in 2012. Using examples from a range of Scottish communities, the presentation will outline how artists, older people and wider communities have chosen to engage with Luminate. It will also explore partnerships, such as with Alzheimer Scotland, and activities that have developed as a result of festival projects.
The presenters will identify lessons learned over the first three festivals, many of which are transferrable to different contexts. This will include an outline of the key findings of the independent evaluation which has tracked the first three years of Luminate.
Targeted audience art educators
practitioners
artists
policy makers
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doParticipants will gain an understanding of the role a national arts programme can play in development of work with and for older people at a local level. They will also be given an insight into successful approaches to inspire local projects over a large geographical area.
Presenters Ms. Anne Gallacher
Ms. Deirdre Nelson
Bio Anne Gallacher is Director of Luminate. Her career has included posts with Watford Palace Theatre and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and as a consultant she has advised organisations including the Royal Opera House and Arts Council England.

Deirdre Nelson has pursued a parallel career, creating work for exhibition and commission, and working as an artist facilitator to various groups. Her work deals with social and environmental issues and engages communities in the process.

Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, takes place annually nationwide. Luminate engages older people and audiences across the generations, explores themes of ageing and challenges stereotypes.
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title What's next in museum programmes for older people?
Description In 2006 the Museum of Modern Art (New York) started 'Meet Me', a programme for individuals with memory loss and their family members or care partners. Because of generous funding from the MetLife Foundation, MoMA was able to develop extensive offerings and impacted many other museums around the world. Now over one hundred museums especially target programming for people affected by dementia.
In the Netherlands the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven initiated 'Unforgettable', a programme modelled after 'Meet Me'. Because of the success of the programme, an implementation and training programme was developed to disseminate 'Unforgettable' to ten other museums across the Netherlands.

This presentation will discuss the development and outcomes of these programmes - tracing its origins, implementation, methodologies, training and outreach model and research findings. New initiatives deriving from 'Meet Me' and 'Unforgettable' will be the starting point for discussing “What's next in museum programmes for older people?”
Targeted audience researchers
policy makers
practitioners
artists
museum staff
art educators
caregivers for people with dementia
health care professionals
old age psychiatrists
social workers
Know/able to doThe audience will be inspired and gain insight in the dissemination and implementation of these successful programmes and get a sneak peek of future museum programmes for older people.
Presenters Ms. Stefanie Metsemakers
Ms. Laurel Humble
Bio Laurel Humble is Assistant for The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project. Throughout her career at MoMA she has taught programs for individuals with special needs and disabilities and groups from community organizations, as well as
high school students. Stefanie Metsemakers is coordinator of the Unforgettable program at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam/ Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven. During her study Bachelor in Fine Arts she was introduced to the Alzheimer’s Project while doing an internship at MoMA. Stefanie is also trained as an art historian and- before working at the Stedelijk- gained working experience at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Venice and at De Appel Amsterdam.


Research

Type Research
Topic Research meets Practice
Title Musicians engaging with people with dementia: an experience for life
Description This presentation will discuss recent qualitative research by Rineke Smilde, Kate Page and Peter Alheit on the project ‘Music for Life’ of Wigmore Hall in London. This UK-based project brings together professional musicians, care staff and people living with dementia through interactive music sessions.

We used observation, narrative interviews and reflective journals and grounded theory for data analysis. These showed a learning process of all participants, which was highly informative for future training of professional musicians, but also for ways for society to deal with dementia.
Based on this research, a translation to the Dutch care sector has been made, and training has been developed, that is implemented at the conservatoires of Groningen and The Hague. The programme ‘Music and Dementia' has been frequently executed by City Proms Embrace in the province of Frisia and the Residentie Orchestra The Hague intends to offer this programme to all nursing homes in The Hague.
Targeted audience researchers
policy makers
practitioners
musicians
caregivers for people with dementia
volunteers
health care professionals

Know/able to doParticipants will obtain a deeper understanding of the function of music in people’s lives. They will learn how ‘the person behind the dementia’ can reappear even in the last stages of dementia, by being engaged in music as a participatory process.
Presenters Ms. Rineke Dr. Smilde
Bio Rineke Smilde PhD is Professor of Lifelong Learning in Music at Hanze University in Groningen and at the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna. She co-leads the international research group ‘Lifelong Learning in Music’ that examines questions about the relationship between musicians and society, and what engaging with new audiences means for the different roles, learning and leadership of musicians. Between 2009 and 2014 she led research into ‘Music and Dementia’, which led to the book ‘While the Music Lasts – on Music and Dementia’ with co-authors Kate Page and Peter Alheit, serving as a foundation for further
Type Research
Topic Engage Energetic Older People
Title How can creative interventions help older people develop connectivity and resilience?
Description In an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, academics, practitioners and older people participants critically reflected on outcomes from a range of research projects (exploring everyday participation, cultural intermediation, the built environment, theatre and visual arts interventions) to reconceptualise thinking around resilience. We looked at the ways in which older people thrived in spite of, and even at times because of, their experiences of difficulties.
The project also involved pairing a group of older people actively engaged in cultural projects with a group who were not currently engaged, for a visit to a museum. Afterwards both groups articulated ideas around what resilience meant to them and how everyday creativity fed into this. Finally, qualitative interviews were conducted with older people exploring how participating in creative interventions has fostered resilience throughout the life course.
In our presentation we consider how actively participating in cultural interventions may contribute towards individual and community resilience.
Targeted audience academics
practitioners
policy makers
Know/able to doThe audience will be able to consider the role creative interventions can play in developing social relationships and fostering resilience. They will be encouraged to look at both environmental and individual factors and critically reflect on the usefulness of the term resilience in terms of older people's wellbeing.
Presenters Ms. Anna Goulding
Bio Anna Goulding who leads on the project is a Research Associate at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University. She has been using qualitative methods to research arts and older people since 2009, with a particular focus on contemporary visual art.
Type Research
Topic Research meets Practice
Title Never too Old to Learn: Educating Older People through Museum Outreach
Description Both the Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum have launched outreach programmes targeted at frail older people. The Van Gogh Museum programme “Art creates man. Older People meet Van Gogh” offers workshops at care and nursing homes. Not only do older people directly experience Van Gogh's art, they also create art themselves, to discover their inner artist.
The Rembrandt House Museum aims to (re-)introduce older people to Rembrandt and involves them as actively as possible. Their programme “Rembrandt supports” focuses on older people who are unable to visit the 17th century building where Rembrandt lived and worked.

We will share lessons learned about the optimal approach, target groups and relevant environments for the outreach programmes. Anthropologist Dr. Marjolijn Gysels will give an overview of her research on the Van Gogh Museum programme. The audience will discover the potential of these programmes, and the resources and skills required to implement them.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
teachers
practitioners
artists
researchers
health care professionals
policy makers
managers
Know/able to doParticipants will be inspired by innovative educational possibilities for frail older people and they will understand the benefits of art participation by older people. Participants will learn about the possibilities and limitations of outreach art programmes, and the resources and skills required to conduct such programmes.
Presenters Ms. Marthe De Vet
Ms. Marjolein Gysels
Mr. Pieter De Dreu
Bio Drs. Marthe de Vet, Head of Education, Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of paintings, drawings and letters of Vincent van Gogh worldwide. The museum is based in Amsterdam, but it’s mission is to make life and work of Vincent Van Gogh accessible to as many people as possible worldwide to inspire and enrich them.
www.vangoghmuseum.com
Pieter de Dreu, Head Education Department & Public Services, Rembrandt House Museum
Dr. Marjolijn Gysels, Centre for Social Science and Global Health, University of Amsterdam.
Marjolein Gysels is a anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam with expertise in long-term and dementia care. Her main research line is on participative art for older people (with and without dementia).
Type Research
Topic Cutting Costs
Title Active cultural participation by older people: A cultural welfare perspective
Description This presentation focuses on recent research results on the effect of active cultural participation on the psychological general well-being of older people. In the study, psychological general well-being is also connected with quantifiable indicators, such as hospitalization and medicalization of older people, that are clear implications in terms of welfare costs.
The presentation shows that, on the basis of the preliminary evidence, it is possible to conclude that active cultural participation for older people reduces welfare cost by a significant amount. Furthermore, if the same figures hold for the general elderly population in Europe, active cultural participation could become a primary welfare policy to reduce costs, while at the same time considerably improving the quality of life of older people.
Targeted audience health care professionals
social workers
practitioners
artists
art educators
policy makers
Know/able to doThe audience will understand the importance of the potential impact of cultural welfare on future welfare sustainability. They will be given a research agenda on the next steps that have to be developed in order to establish this field as significant for future research and policy.
Presenters Mr. Pier Luigi Sacco
Bio Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University, Milan. PhD, European University Institute, Florence. Scientific Director of Campus Foundation, Lucca. Author of more than 150 paper on peer reviewed international journals on topics such as cultural economics and policy, welfare effects of cultural participation, culture-led local development, game theory. Consults for major public and private organizations worldwide and is often invited to give keynote in major governmental and scientific conferences worldwide.
Type Research
Topic Cutting Costs
Title Cultural Exercising: the Beneficial Neurologic Effects on the Ageing Brain
Description Erik Scherder, Professor of Clinal Neuropsychology at VU University Amsterdam, will deliver a speech on the neurologic effects of cultural participation on healthy ageing and on brain functions.

We all know that physical exercise on a regular basis serves our bodies well. But Erik Scherder point outs that frequent exercise is just as important for the brain. People who were very active between the age of 15 and 25, will be less affected by dementia in later life. Exercising after the age of 25 – something simple as a brisk walk or cycle tour will do – is essential for the functioning of our brains. Scherder wonders: why do older people in care residencies basically sit still all day long?
Targeted audience academics
researchers
managers
health care professionals
social workers
Presenters Mr. Erik Scherder
Bio hoogleraar Klinische Neuropsychologie en hoofd van de gelijknamige afdeling bij de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Ook is hij hoogleraar Bewegingswetenschappen aan de Rijksuniversiteit te Groningen.



Friday 22 May


Excursions

Title Music Generations
Description According to Music Generations, talent isn't linked to age: singers and urban artists of all ages work together and combine their multi-faceted talents and artistic origins. You will be participating in a masterclass, rehearsing one of the 'TALENT FOR FREEDOM' songs, and treated to a performance of (part of) this programme, that is directed by Conny Groot.
Venue Theater De Vaillant
Hobbemastraat 120
2526 JS The Hague
Targeted audience Policymakers, educators and program directors
Bio Music Generations connects senior and junior talents from different cultural and artistic backgrounds during talent development masterclasses as well as in the presentation of those talents in concerts and theatre production thus advocating an inclusive - diversity orientation of the present demography. Music director Paul Mayer and director writes the cross-over arrangements, director Conny Groots enables the talents and artistic team to realize their idea of intergenerational cultural participation.
Title Symphonic seniors
Description During this presentation participants will experience how children and elderly people play together in an orchestra setting and how they learn from eachother musically, technically and socially. Repertoire will come both from the children's daily life and from longer ago times. The children take part in a project called Leerorkest The Residents, the elderly people in Symphonic Seniors. Both follow instrumental group lessons each week, completed with orchestra rehearsals on a regular basis.



Venue Van Hoogstratenschool
Spaarwaterstraat 21
2593 RM The Hague
Targeted audience The excursion is interesting for policy makers in the field of culture and social welfare and for professionals working with people from mixed ages, in music or any other cultural discipline.
Bio The Residentie Orkest pays much attention to making music accessible for people from all ages and cultures. Besides having a concert program for a very diverse audience there is an extensive education program. Though 'education' mostly refers to activities for children and youth the Residentie Orkest thinks that there is a lot to learn also for adults and elderly people. Specially for this last group, being able to play an instrument is making a dream come true or picking up an old love. In both cases making music is a great way to stay socially, mentally and physically active.
Title Florence Art of Living
Description Film, stories, interviews and beautiful live examples will illustrate the interesting journey of the partnership between Florence in The Hague (a care facilitator with 18 locations) and Koorenhuis, the city's arts centre. The excursion will take place at Gulden Huis, a location of Florence that offers specialized care for older people.
Venue Florence Het Gulden Huis
Steenhouwersgaarde 1
2542 AA The Hague
Targeted audience Especially interesting for cultural - en care institutions that have an interest in working together or who want to go beyond a buyer & supplier relationship and deepen their collaboration. For people from the arts who want to know more about the possibilities of working within elderly care.
Bio After graduating at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam as a theatre teacher, Corina Lok worked as a theatre director with different groups. As projectmanager of Expedition Koorenhuis she started in 2009 with a search for new ways to reach the people from The Hague that did not come to the arts center. Together with art teachers from all disciplines she developed concepts for arts & education projects that could take place in hospitals and home for the elderly. Since 2013 she’s been working as a freelance advisor and concept developer for cultural institutions and is working at the Amsterdamse Theaterschool
Title Dance for Health
Description Dance for Health offers dance classes to people with chronic movement restrictions (such as Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis) and aims to change people’s life through movement. In this workshop you will not only be introduced to the underlying philosophy, mission and structure, but you will also experience a Dance for Health dance class yourself.
Venue Korzo Theater
Prinsestraat 42
2513 CE The Hague
Targeted audience Policy makers, health insurances companies, physicians, managers, politicians, professional dansers
Bio Marc Vlemmix
Andrew Greenwood
Title Care & Culture
Description In the Care&Culture Intergenerational Choir, children at primary school- age sing together with fragile residents of a carehouse.
While singing and talking together they share their life- experiences. A professional conductor assembles this choir.
We welcome you warmly to this concert in a typical multicultural Dutch carehouse, De Schildershoek. During this excursion you will learn more about the methodology of Care&Culture in this intergenerational work.


http://careculture.nl/en/
Venue Nursing home Schildershoek
Jacob Catsstraat 325
2515 GK Den Haag
Targeted audience
Bio
Title OudKast
Description OudKast is a theatre show on coming out in the late fifties and sixties, based on touching personal stories of LGBT older people. At De Eshoeve, a care residency that organises a monthly meet up for LGBT older people, you will watch fragments of OudKast and Marjet Roerink (director) will explain the concept.
Venue De Eshoeve
Doorniksestraat 150
2587 AZ The Hague
Targeted audience
Bio
Title Final Masterpieces in the Gemeentemuseum
Description After a welcome by Benno Tempel, director of the Gemeentemuseum, you will be guided through the museum. You will learn more about fascinating last works in the oeuvre of major painters and architects, such as 'Victory Boogie Woogie' by Piet Mondriaan, 'Wisteria' by Claude Monet and the museum building itself, by J.P. Berlage.
Venue Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 41
2517 HV The Hague
Targeted audience Practitioners
Bio The Gemeentemuseum The Hague is a museum of modern art, crafts and fashion in The Hague.
Title Contemporary dance for older people in care residencies
Description 'Time to Dance' by Stichting Kunstzinnige Vorming Rotterdam (SKVR) is an accessible and affordable dance programme for older people in care residencies. Bernadet van Winden (programme coördinator) will share her experiences on working with older people and Jessika Kastelein (dance teacher) will show you the objectives of the programme through an accessible dance activity.
Venue Korzo Theater
Prinsestraat 42
2513 CE The Hague
Targeted audience
Bio
Title OUDstanding
Description Theater Diligentia is offering a workshop in storytelling by theatre practitioner Serge Bosman to a group of older people, who are taking part in the theatre show 'OUDstanding' by Liesje Doet. You are warmly invited to join them. After the workshop, Michele Matla will be presenting her newest methodology on theatre practice for older people.
Venue Theater Diligentia
Lange Voorhout 5
2514 EA The Hague
Targeted audience Particularly older people (aged 50+) and teenagers.
Bio Liesje Doet, founded by Elise de Ruiter, initiates creative projects and events that make the world a better place - from preventing loneliness among senior citizens to reducing litter on the street - in collaboration with artists, creative minds, problem-solvers and scientists. Projects that make people think and subsequently act on their new thoughts.
Title Storycatchers
Description Storycatchers by Jessie van Vlodrop encourages older people to capture their life stories. They select episodes from their lives and use creative writing to record precious memories. In this workshop you will pick up basic writing techniques that you can apply immediately, discovering the transformation of memories into actual stories.
Venue Korzo Theater
Prinsestraat 42
2513 CE The Hague
Targeted audience
Bio


Crossing borders

Type Crossing borders
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title Enhancing the quality of life by embracing art
Description In our presentation, we will introduce the current arts participation policy of the Vitalis Care Residencies and its resulting projects. Furthermore we will be addressing and sharing the scope of our jobs as professional arts coordinators in a care environment, as well as our experiences in this rewarding field of work.

We work as arts coordinators in various health settings: not only for older people who require long-term care services, rehabilitation services or home care services, but also for older people who live independently. The arts projects we offer at Vitalis Care Residencies range from drama, literature and visual arts to dance. All projects are based on cultural participation and co-creation: practical and pro-active participation in the arts are essential to our work.
Targeted audience policy makers
practitioners
artists
health care professionals
Know/able to doThe audience will be informed and encouraged by our best practices. They will be able to implement and apply these within their own working environment.
Presenters Ms. Liesbeth Bijlmakers
Ms. Maaike Mul
Ms. Wendy Van Zon
Bio The three presenters are arts professional, each in a specific area.
Vitalis WoonZorg Groep is a professional care organization for the elderly, 1600 fulltime employees, annual turnover € 110 milj, 2500 person receiving care
Type Crossing borders
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title The Art of Ageing: contemporary theatre creates international awareness about ageing (European Theatre Convention)
Description The Art of Ageing (AA) is a project that investigates how public theatres react, interact and position themselves against the current demographic challenges; and how they develop stories for the stage, mirroring the effects of ageing in the 21st century.
The European Theatre Convention (ETC) brought together eight renowned European theatres from four countries, that work with leading and emerging playwrights, directors, actors and artistic teams on a joint artistic research process. They develop new collaborative cross-cultural research and documentary theatre formats, and nurture an intergenerational audience as part of the creative process.

The session demonstrates how innovative art creations and theatre co-productions can bring the issue of ageing to international audiences and create awareness on a European level. It also indicates where to position artistic research in the discourse between European artists, scientists and audiences, and how to empower leading art institutions to stimulate the public debate about ageing in Europe.
Targeted audience practitioners
theatre practitioners
artists
managers
art educators
policy makers
politicians
researchers
health care professionals
Know/able to doParticipants will find out how we created genuinely new and multilingual contemporary theatre plays with Art of Ageing, dealing with demographic challenges in Europe, while promoting theatre as a means of better understanding each other and the world, a stimulus to imagination and a powerful context for intergenerational lifelong learning.
Presenters Ms. Heidi Wiley
Bio Holding master degrees in Culture Studies and International Management, Heidi Wiley worked as producer for international theatre companies and artists and was international project manager for European networks in film, education and science. In 2009 she was appointed General Secretary of the European Theatre Convention (ETC). The ETC is the leading pan-European network of public theatres with 40 members in over 20 countries. Its objective is to promote contemporary theatre through a large range of activities: the ETC is a transnational artistic collaboration network, a platform for professional exchange and acts as representation and advocacy body for public theatre.


Policy

Type Policy
Topic Age-friendly institutions
Title Cultural policy for the arts and ageing in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Description The challenge to cope with demographic shifts as opportunities for the development of a human and livable society, concerns all political realms, including the cultural sector. Cultural audiences will change significantly and cultural institutions need to adapt to these changes and develop new activities, targeted at the interests and needs of their particular audiences.

In 2008, the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia created a new strategy for ageing and culture. Since then it has been supporting kubia, a Centre of Competence for Arts and Education in Later Life, that provides research, information, advice and training for e.g. staff members of cultural institutions, artists and carers. Kubia’s activities address the heterogeneous target group of older people - from the fit and freshly retirees, to fragile persons or people with dementia. It also promotes intergenerational programmes and the participation of older immigrants. Thanks to an annual funding scheme, innovative arts-based programmes for older adults are developed.
Targeted audience policy makers
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doIn the presentation we will reflect with the audience on the requirements and challenges of cultural policy for arts and ageing. What does it mean for cultural institutions and how can it be implemented at local and national level?
Presenters Ms. Susanne Duewel
Bio Susanne Düwel is head of the department for diversity, gender and ageing in the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Type Policy
Topic Health care and the cultural sector
Title The Innovation Lab: Healthy Ageing through Music & the Arts
Description Healthy Ageing is a major theme in the North of the Netherlands. Stakeholders from the health and care sector, education, research and the business world have united in the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands HANNN, working closely together to find new solutions for the societal challenges of our ageing society. Hanze University in Groningen runs the Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing that consists of 25 innovation labs. Recently the centre has dedicated a specific innovation lab to the theme of Healthy Ageing through Music & the Arts. In this innovation lab, partners from the arts (Keunstwurk, Kunst & Cultuur Drenthe), health care (ZINN, Dignis-Lentis/Blauwbörgje) and higher arts education and research (Hanze Research Art & Society) have set up innovative projects.

In this presentation the question of the arts as change agent is approached from three perspectives: the regional (Centre of Expertise), the local (City of Emmen has embraced the Gekleurd Grijs arts & the elderly programme) and the institutional (Care Home ZINN, is permanently working with artists in its care programme). We will identify innovation themes and focus on cross-sectoral cooperation and sustainability.
Targeted audience researchers
health care professionals
policy makers
managers
politicians
practitioners
artists
musicians
choreographers
Know/able to doThe audience will know how in the North of the Netherlands the arts and cultural participation locally function as an advocate of living conditions in a rapidly changing welfare society and which dilemmas are encountered while working in this cross-sectoral field.
Presenters Mr. Evert H. Bisschop Boele
Mr. Joost Degenaar
Ms. Saskia Van de Ree
Bio Presenters:
mr. Joost Degenaar MA, director Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing
mrs. Saskia van de Ree MA, project manager Innovation Lab Healthy Ageing through Music & the Arts
mr. Evert Bisschop Boele PhD, leading professor ('lector') Research Centre Art & Society, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

The Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing is a cooperation of 140 partners, led by Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen which is responsible for the progression of the projects, connection, dissemination of knowledge and distribution of subsidies. The Innovation Lab Healthy Ageing through Music & the Arts is one of its 25 innovation labs.
Type Policy
Topic Health care and the cultural sector
Title The innovative role of social design in beating loneliness
Description Social design is currently often overlooked as a method to help older people suffering from loneliness. Social design increases imagination and raises awareness, therefore offering input for different social behaviour.
Together with the artists and designers of Young Designers, we explored the possibilities of social design to address the loneliness issue. The designers came up with innovative projects to make personal loneliness manageable for individuals. Care professionals were inspired by the projects and spread the word, and as a result, the projects reached beyond the people in need.
The great potential of social design lies in the fact that it accesses every person on the same level and makes no distinction between those who need help or who give help. Social design should be able to enrich the body of knowledge about helping older people suffering from loneliness. The projects show that collaboration between health professionals and designers can be fruitful.
Targeted audience policy makers
health care professionals
practitioners
designers
artists








Know/able to doProfessionals helping older people suffering from loneliness will be able to recognise the potential of social design projects. They can address the theme of loneliness, provide tools to individuals to make personal loneliness manageable and enforce professionals to spread the word about loneliness.
Presenters Mr. Freek De Meere
Bio Dr. Freek de Meere is manager of the research group “citizenship, safety and social vitality” of the Verwey-Jonker Institute. He is specialised in the field of governance, especially on local social policies. Current research is on social work and loneliness. He got his PhD in 1996 on a quantitative study on people’s images of technology, risks and society at the faculty of social sciences of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. At the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam he was lecturer on governmental decision making processes until 2003.
Type Policy
Topic Health care and the cultural sector
Title Arts and Health care Models Across the United States
Description In the United States, there has been a movement of culture change in the health care and ageing community to engage older people with respect and an appreciation for the creative potential of older people. Professionals in health care learn about person ­centered care. The older person, their family and their community engage in activities that help their creative potential emerge. Staff training in nursing homes and long term care facilities empower the staff to conduct these programs.

This workshop by Susan Perlstein and Stuart Kandell will be about the current policy in person ­centered care in the United States. Best practice examples will be given of evidence based, model programs bringing the arts into health care facilities (TimeSlips, Memories in Making, Kairos Alive, Stagebridge Nurses Training) as well as training for health professionals in creative aging arts programs. Participants will experience aspects of these model programs through interactive exercises.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
practitioners
artists
social workers
health care professionals
Know/able to doParticipants will understand current policy initiatives for person centered care and the arts in the United States, and increase their knowledge of model, evidence based programs that are successful partnerships between the arts and health care institutions. They will experience and learn applications of activities from model programs.
Presenters Mr. Stuart Kandell
Ms. Susan Perlstein
Bio Kandell has been called a pioneer in the field of creative aging and is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, which he founded in 1978 and ran until 2014. He currently travels around the world speaking, training artists, and working with organizations to implement creative aging programs. He is a founding Board member and national trainer for the National Center for Creative Aging.
Kandell has degrees in theatre and education and a doctorate in Intergenerational Studies. He is a featured speaker, winner of many honors, and has been featured on national TV and in many national publications and magazines.

Susan Perlstein is considered the mother of the creative aging movement. She founded and directed the National Center for Creative Aging (2001- 2007) and Elders Share the Arts ESTA (1979- 2003). She became the NYC Research Director for the landmark study on Creativity and Aging. She coordinated the first Mini White House Conference on Creativity and Aging and helped to organize the arts resolutions that were presented at the Whitehouse Conference on Aging (2005). Currently she is a consultant to the field advising on arts organizational development, training healthcare professionals, artists and organizations. She also replicates ESTA’s award winning programs: History Alive and Legacy Works.
Type Policy
Topic
Title Social Work with Older People: pioneering spirit and transformation
Description Sesc (Social Service of the Commerce) is a Brazilian private, non-profit institution. In the State of São Paulo, Sesc maintains 35 centers that offer artistic courses, sports and leisure activities, socio-educational and environmental programs, restaurants, a programme to fight food waste and hunger, and dental treatment. In 1963 Sesc started social work with older people, a pioneering initiative in Latin America at the time. Sesc's recent objectives are providing a meaningful life after retirement, constructing new social roles, developing of new skills and life projects, reflecting on ageing, and promoting health and intergenerational relations.
The programme mirrors the transformation of society and adapts itself to the demands of each period of time, in an effort to transform older people and to contribute to their social value. It encourages older people to open up to different experiences, to allow new social ties to be created and to improve their self-esteem.
Targeted audience policy makers
managers
social workers
older people
Presenters Mr. Danilo Santos de Miranda
Bio Danilo Miranda is expert on cultural policy, director of SESC in the state of Sao Paulo since 1984. Graduated in Philosophy and Social Sciences, held complementary studies in many Brazilian universities and in IMEDE – Management Development Institute, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
SESC– Social Service of the Commerce is a private, non-profit institution, created in 1946 by businessmen engaged in commerce throughout Brazil.
In the State of São Paulo, SESC maintains 35 centers that bring together health, sports, leisure, socio-educational and artistic programs for different age and intergenerational brackets. Over 2014, the institution received more than 20 million people.
Type Policy
Topic Age-friendly cities
Title The Hague as Age-Friendly City: a Model for Culture Change
Description The Hague has the ambition to become an age-friendly city, in which its growing population of older people will be able to continue to participate as fully and as long as as possible. The Hague encourages active ageing, by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security, which will enhance the quality of life as people age.

Cultural participation is extremely important to strengthen the social networks of older people and to give meaning to their lives. Therefore cultural services should be accessible to older people with different needs and limitations. The decentralization of care in the Netherlands poses challenges to Dutch municipalities. However, it also provides opportunities for new connections between the social domain and the cultural sector. As will be shown in our presentation, cultural organizations in the Hague have already been focusing on cultural participation for older people, but more approaches and areas are yet to be explored.
Targeted audience policy makers
politicians
practitioners
health care professionals

Presenters Mr. Thimo De Nijs
Bio


Practice

Type Practice
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title How might the arts shape the world in which we grow old?
Description Drawing on his unique experience as the co-founder of Creative Ageing International and former director of Ireland's ground breaking Bealtaine Festival, Dominic Campbell will use examples of creative practice from around the world to illustrate how more easily accessible and innovatively creative practice might shape a world that we would all want to grow older in.
However for this to happen we might first need to question our understanding of what art is, what health is for, and when "old age" happens. He will touch on those factors influencing the development of this work, including the changing nature of old age, moves in health care policy, social provision, and contemporary aesthetics. He will make the argument that artistic and creative practices play a leading role in the development of successful understanding and strategies.
Targeted audience practitioners
policy makers
managers
health care professionals
social workers
politicians
older people
Know/able to doThe aim is to inspire the audience by challenging assumptions about creativity in older age and the exploration of ageing by artists. Shared benefits and critical differences between individual and communal practice will be demonstrated at local, national and international level. Finally, best practices will be introduced.
Presenters Mr. Dominic Campbell
Bio Dominic Campbell is passionate about culture, innovation and equality. Five years as artistic director of St Patrick’s Festival, eight as director of Ireland’s groundbreaking Bealtaine Festival, were interspersed with self generated projects. Now a founder of Creative Aging International he is enriching communities and individual lives by developing new narratives with ageing populations by asking “How might you fall in love with your older self” www.creativeaginginternational.com
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title Reverse mentoring in art education: making intergenerational learning more effective.
Description How to connect younger and older generations and get more effectiveness out of intergenerational learning? We have created inspiring projects in which young mentors teach art, including the latest contemporary tools, to older people. By bringing young mentors to the stage, we will give you a demonstration of the benefits for both the old and the young. You will experience a fresh and creative way of working with different generations and you will also hear about successful intergenerational learning methods for both parties.

MU is an art space in Eindhoven (NL). Within the experimental environment of Fliplab, MU had developed succesfull reverse learning programmes like The Reversed School, KunstRoute65 in collaboration with schools, social and cultural partners.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
teachers
policy makers
managers

Know/able to doThis workshop will leave you inspired and full of ideas. We will provide you with tools to facilitate working with young and older generations in your environment and to create a reverse mentoring project yourself.
Presenters Mr. Danny Van der Laan
Bio Danny van der Laan, Program maker Flip Lab MU, writer Master thesis: Reverse mentoring with art education

Type Practice
Topic Engage Energetic Older People
Title Theatre of Experiences: Intergenerational and transcultural theatre for older people
Description As an introduction, we will briefly depict what the Theatre of Experiences – Workplace for older talent (Berlin, Germany) entails. Special emphasize will be placed on the areas ‘The school of life' (intergenerational theater) and 'Melting pot' (transcultural projects). Both projects will, in part, be presented by short documentaries, which aim to give insights into working processes and their development over time, stumbling blocks and the operational effectiveness of various methods used in the course of the project.

Depending on the response of the audience we will move on to either give a picture of our intercultural musical ‘Scrap heap’ – a project in which 35 older people with both German and Turkish roots created an incredible musical – or focus on intergenerational theatre methods by presenting the documentary ‘Spotlight instead of retreat’. Subsequently, we will discuss the opportunities for success as well as challenges offered by such intergenerational theatre methods.
Targeted audience practitioners
theatre practitioners
musicians
choreographers
dancers
Know/able to doThe audience will learn that it is possible to develop a theatre play or even a musical, based on the experiences of the older people on stage, with a huge variety of people.
Presenters Ms. Eva Bittner
Ms. Johanna Kaiser
Bio Eva Bittner, born 24.1.1957, MA in Theaterwissenschaft (theater studies), Director of Theater der Erfahrungen
Johanna Kaiser, born 29.2.1960, Dipl.- Pädagogin, MA Theaterwissenschaft (theater studies), Director of Theater der Erfahrungen/Professorin Alice Salomon Hochschule, Berlin.

The Theater der Erfahrungen (Theatre of Experiences) is an amateur theatre company, which was founded in 1980. Its original concept was to define a specific style for theatre based on the experiences of elderly people. Our interests are the stories of old people, their every-day-life and their political points of view. We try collectively to find forms of creative transformation of their ideas and experiences.

The Theatre of Experiences is associated in spirit and organisation with the Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V. (Member of the Association for Socio-Cultural Work).
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title Ageing is a dance on uneven ground
Description The landscape of body and soul is constantly shifting for older people: they need to negotiate a delicate balance between friendships and family. Austria’s AGE COMPANY enables people to find their physical and emotional mobility through dance, in contemporary dance performances. The AGE COMPANY consists of 13 women (age 55-72, from various professional backgrounds) and dancer-choreographer Nicole Berndt-Caccivio. Since the founding in 2008 four innovative programmes have been created and performances have taken place in Austria and Switzerland.

We strongly believe that older people have a right to express themselves artistically. The time to hide in senior citizen enclaves is over. We demand the right to perform, to show our art in public. This is a new concept of what ageing means in the 21st century.
We would love to share our experiences and show our performances on DVD and a TV documentary about the AGE COMPANY: "Retired from work but not from life."
Targeted audience practitioners
choreographers
dancers
social workers
researchers
health care professionals
older people
Know/able to doWe provide detailed information about the process of creating a dance group targeted at older people, ranging from the organizational to the artistic aspects. DVD clips demonstrate how older people take initiative and realize dreams. We stress how ageing does not preclude dance and performing in public at professional venues.
Presenters Ms. Leonore Aschacher
Bio DR. Leonore Aschacher, 68, Vienna, Austria, working as a Radio journalist and commissioning editor with the ORF, Ö1. After retirement Co- founder of the society "ALTERSKULTUREN" and the "AGE COMPANY", also Performer of the "AGE COMPANY." She is chairwoman of "ALTERSKULTUREN", an Austrian society communicating differentiated modern images of the ageing process. The society was founded 2008, has organised conferences and workshops and is also partner of the AGE COMPANY. Her book "Bald alt? Na und!" was published in February 2015. She got in touch with Dance very late, but since then has never stopped.
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title Generations meet Sculptures: Facilitating intergenerational encounters at Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, Germany
Description The Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg (Germany) developed the exhibition "Hey, Oldster ...!" in order to bring together groups of young and older visitors and increase the quantitative and qualitative participation of older visitors in the art education programme. The exhibition was awarded with the German Ageing Prize 2014 by the Robert Bosch foundation.
Further new media projects were developed, e.g. an intergenerational audio guide about the key works of sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck. In the "Generation Guide" art lovers of two generations share their views on the sculptures of Lehmbruck, revealing different and sometimes unusual perspectives. This allows museum visitors to get a better understanding of the sculptures.
For the exhibition "Taking a Stand against War" (commemorating World War I), the education department developed 'blind date-tours' in which two generations meet. Pupils and older persons jointly contemplate contemporary artworks and learn about the viewpoints of the other generation.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
artists
teachers
social workers
volunteers
Know/able to doLetting different generations encounter the arts provides opportunities for a very personal and warm exchange. It creates added value for both young and older visitors, but also for the museum itself. The presentation shows how open-plan activities can be the basis for a more vibrant art education.
Presenters Ms. Sybille Kastner
Bio Sybille Kastner is Deputy Director of Art Education in Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg / Germany. The Art education department develops programs for all visitors to their respective needs. The department curates exhibitions with their own special mediation formats, which accentuate particular aspects of the art experience. Current artistic and social discourses always provide fresh impetus to the mediation practice. Sybille Kastner develops concepts for museum visitors with special needs, including for people with visual impairments and people with dementia. She also works in a research project "Development of a model for social participation of people with dementia in the museum space" (ISER / MSH Hamburg). In 2012 she curated the exhibition "Hey Alter ...!" and is committed to a vibrant art education for and with older people.
Type Practice
Topic Intergenerational Practice
Title Intergenerational Dialogue in the Collaborative Blogs of Young and Old
Description The intergenerational blog of the SK Stiftung Kultur is an internet platform that provides young and old with an opportunity to communicate with one another and that represents this dialogue.
Younger and older people meet for blogging workshops. With the aid of tablet computers, they create blogs about contemporary issues in everyday life together and post them online. In doing so, they document and share their personal dialogue. In intergenerational teams of two, the participants individually examine examples of artistic photography and existential themes such as “Suburb, City, Home”, “Work & Money”, or “Friendship & Love”. They gain valuable insights about each other's points of view and lives. This creative activity results in a playful way of dealing with and learning with and about one another.
Based on the activities and exercises, we will demonstrate our methodology and approach to teaching. We will also present case studies on intergenerational exchange.
Targeted audience art educators
social workers
politicians
Know/able to doAt the end of the presentation, the audience will understand where possible stumbling blocks (may) lie in intergenerational work and what has to be taken into consideration or anticipated, to fully grasp the concept and to be able to carrying it out.
Presenters Ms. Birgit Hauska
Mr. Dominik Bühler
Bio Birgit Hauska *1961, Cultural Education and Mediation / New Media Art and Film at SK Stiftung Kultur, Studied at the dance department of the Deutsche Sporthochschule, Cologne
Dominik Bühler *1982, M.A. in theatre, film and television science, sociology and education at the University of Cologne

The SK Stiftung Kultur is committed to art photography, dance, film and theatre, the local idiom, as well as the mediation of literature and media art to children, youngsters and to intergenerational teams. A founding principle is participation – allowing them to get involved creates much more interest. This approach is reflected in school projects and openworkshops
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title Taste of Art: a Pop-Up Museum by Older People
Description In October 2015 the first pop-up museum created by older people will be found in the city of Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The pop-up museum will be located in a home for older people in the city centre. Ten active seniors are selected as guest curators of this museum, all working with the theme "Taste of Art". They are trained by professionals to create an exhibition with artworks by local artists and museums.
To what extent does ageing impact taste? To find answers we will offer a wide range of activities and debates in the pop-museum. We will invite philosophers and artists and organize intergenerational meetings.
The pop-up museum is accomplished through a cooperation and strong networking bonds between the field of art and that of business. The idea is new, simple and attractive for businesses, which allows them to get in touch with the growing population of older people.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
art educators
older people
Know/able to doThe audience will hear about our experiences in working with older people and in finding new ways of cooperation with commercial partners. They will learn how we apply out of the box thinking and how we take our plans to a higher level to make them more successful.
Presenters Ms. Marlies Juffermans
Bio Education: Social Studies, Dance Studies, Art Management, Fundraising & Sponsoring, at the moment student Master Art Education, Amsterdam (research on impact of dance on individuals with Parkinson disease)
Work previous: policymaker National Centre Dance (5 years), projectmanager arts and cultural diversity province of Utrecht (10 years)
At the moment: cultural entrepeneur, director Culta: projectmanagement and fundraising. Special focus on 55+: Co-founder of "Museum Voor 1 Dag gaat de provincie in"
Type Practice
Topic Engage Energetic Older People
Title Museum for 1 Day: Energetic older people as museum teachers
Description Museum for 1 Day (MV1D) brings museum collections and their stories to nursing homes and care facilities. The project aims to make art and cultural heritage accessible to older people, with physical and mental disabilities. It demonstrates that lifelong learning is possible for anybody, regardless of their limitations.

Active older people act as storytellers and are trained as experts on the museum collection. They also work on their presentation and teaching skills. Museum for One Day offers special training and meetings, that help to increase the skill set of the storytellers and offer an opportunity to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with each other.

This generation of energetic older people has had opportunities for higher education and continues to learn about art and culture. Because they are still active, they want to continue being intellectually and culturally challenged. In the workshop we discuss how Museum for 1 Day fulfills this need.
Targeted audience policy makers
museum staff
art educators
caregivers for people with dementia
volunteers
older people
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doThe audience will gain insight in the motivation of the volunteers doing cultural work, and especially this program. They will experience the challenges our program bring and the way we deal with them. We will also discuss the factors of success and failure and possible future challenges and obstructions.
Presenters Ms. Angela Manders
Bio Angela Manders, is Master of Education in Arts and self employed educational designer for 15 years now. Angela designed Museum for 1 Day for the city of Utrecht in 2011 and established the Foundation Museum for 1 Day in 2013 with Marlies Juffermans. The foundation has a board of 4 members and works with volunteers as storytellers. Museum for One Day shows the ability of museum collections to remain relevant and accessible even to older populations who are perhaps limited through physical and mental disabilities.
Type Practice
Topic Progressive Projects
Title Dancing into the Third Spring
Description The association "Dance Theatre Third Spring" exists since 1998 and promotes dance theatre projects for older people. The artistic directors are professional choreographers, theatre directors and dancers. The association also produces intergenerational projects, provides trainings in the dance field for older people and collaborates with schools and various organizations.
During our session we will present our work in different ways: talking about the start of our activity, following our history with video examples and extracts of our plays, and illustrating how we work with older people. Several older people will be present to tell how much they appreciate the work of our dance company. We will provide a good inside view in our goals and activities, so that participants will have a lot of information and practical solutions to take home with them. We are happy to answer any questions regarding our work and our 17 years experience.
Targeted audience practitioners
musicians
choreographers
dancers
Know/able to doThe audience will get a good inside view in an interesting project and receive practical input for their work with older people. They will broaden their view on art projects for older people and also gain knowledge on how to start a similar project.
Presenters Mr. Roger Nydegger
Ms. Zoé Kilchenmann
Bio Association Dance Theatre Third Spring
The Dance Theatre Third Spring exists since 1998 and celebrated 2013 with a big festival his 15 th anniversary and became a very important production centre for intergenerationally and professionally produced projects with older people in Switzerland. Theatre Third Spring got various prices for his work and is supported by the City of Zürich and was already invited to different Festivals in Europe.
All informations and videos are to bee seen on the hoempage
www.dritter-fruehling.ch

Roger Nydegger, born 1958, artistic director, choreographer

Studies of sociology and Science of at the University of Zürich and Berne. Since 1989 he is workind as actor and director in a lot of theatre productions for children and adults ins Switzerland. Since 1998 he is founder and artistic director of Dance Theatre Third Spring and also produces professional theatre plays in different parts of the world.
www.gombo-noir.com
www.afriopa.ch
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title Carnival of the Here and Now - immersive theatre in care homes
Description “The Carnival of the Here and Now” is a form of immersive theatre where an additional company of body painters, whip crackers, puppeteers, belly dancers, musicians, circus, caricaturists and cocktail waiters fill the care home with indirect and direct practises.
The aim of this form of theatre is to nurture curiosity with residents in care homes for better social inclusion and health outcomes. The strength of the work lies in providing avenues for self-determined participation, free play and improvisation. We combine direct and indirect approaches, indirectly filling spaces with spontaneous artist led antics combined with direct one on one exchanges for connection and relationship building.
The carnivalesque and the residents live in the moment. The order of hierarchy and structure is suspended so mischief, surprise and delight may prevail in the here and now.
A community audience arrives and becomes participatory in nature in this transformative socially inclusive experience.
Targeted audience practitioners
theatre practitioners
health care professionals
social workers
caregivers
older people
Know/able to doThe presentation will demonstrate effective indirect arts practices in engaging hard to reach non-participatory residents in care homes. They will be informed on how to build essential partnerships across arts, health and education sectors and how to engage broader audiences in socially inclusive events with seniors.
Presenters Mr. Chris Mead
Ms. Stephanie Finn
Bio Director Chris Mead & Producer Stephanie Finn. Creature Tales core business is innovation, developing new ideas with diverse groups of people. Creative projects stem from research and are collaborative by nature, brokering partnerships across broad sectors. We are currently working in these areas: Indirect arts and dementia, immersive theatre in care settings, social isolation and life transitions, sex health and chlamydia, capacity building in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Awards - Arts and Community Health Award, Arts and Health Australia 2012. Finalist, Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards 2013. Semi Finalist, Tasmanian Community Achievement Award 2014. National Leadership Award, Arts and Health Australia 2014
Type Practice
Topic Think Global, Act Local
Title Inspiring Ideas for a Creatively Ageing Global Village
Description The presentation will explore the pathways that connect local ideas and global possibilities. It will demonstrate the value of creative ageing - enhancing quality of life and enabling social engagement and participation for older people who are well and seeking to maintain their health and wellbeing, as well as for people living with dementia and other chronic conditions.
Through attending and convening international events on arts, health and creative ageing, Margret Meagher has established a formidable network in policy, practice and research. She is a strong supporter of the efficacy of the practice and has collaborated with, and sometimes influenced, policy makers in Australia and internationally. This has led to innovative local and international partnerships in programming and evaluation methodology, to effectively measure outcomes and build the business case for creative ageing. After all, as the American psychiatrist Gene Cohen famously said: "Art is like chocolate for the brain".

Targeted audience policy makers
managers
practitioners
theatre practitioners
writers
artists
health care professionals
social workers
academics
researchers
Know/able to doThe audience will get an understanding of the immense potential and exciting opportunities in the global field of creative ageing, to meet the challenges of the world's exponentially ageing population. One of the key outcomes will be recognition of possible international collaborations around program development and research.
Presenters Ms. Margret Meagher
Bio Margret Meagher is leading the development of the creative ageing field in Australia and has well established international networks. Margret is the executive director of Arts and Health Australia (AHA) which hosts an annual international conference, with a specific focus on creative ageing. Margret is founder of The Centre for Arts and Health which is convening an international creative ageing conference at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery NSW in August 2015.

Margret is a member of the New South Wales (NSW) State Government Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing and is spearheading "creative ageing" within the whole of government ageing strategy.
Type Practice
Topic Engage Energetic Older People
Title How the Arts Serve Baby Boomers Throughout the United States
Description The age wave of active, energetic older people is creating a new demand for creative arts programs. Throughout the United States, institutions where older people gather (senior centers, libraries, museums, senior housing) are beginning to collaborate with cultural and ageing institutions (museums, libraries, theatres) to meet the growing needs. At the same time, there is also a growing awareness of meeting the specific needs of multicultural, multiethnic older people with creative activities that are appropriate and appealing. This workshop will be led by two of the most well known “pioneers of creative ageing” - Susan Perlstein and Stuart Kandell.

They will present an overview of programs throughout the United States where cultural institutions are collaborating with ageing services and provide a case study (Stagebridge Performing Arts Center). Workshop participants will be involved with interactive techniques that demonstrate ways of working with older people with no previous artistic experience and with older multi-cultural people.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
practitioners
artists
social workers
health care professionals
Know/able to doParticipants will increase their knowledge of successful, evidence based arts programs for energetic, older people in the United States. They will acquire some performing arts techniques, that can be employed with groups of older people, and will be inspired to create new programs and to expand current offerings for this
Presenters Mr. Stuart Kandell
Ms. Susan Perlstein
Bio Kandell has been called a “pioneer in the field of creative aging” and is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, which he founded in 1978 and ran until 2014. He currently travels around the world speaking, training artists, and working with organizations to implement creative aging programs. He is a founding Board member and national trainer for the National Center for Creative Aging.
Kandell has degrees in theatre and education and a doctorate in Intergenerational Studies. He is a featured speaker, winner of many honors, and has been featured on national TV and in many national publications and magazines.

Susan Perlstein is considered the “mother” of the creative aging movement. She founded and directed the National Center for Creative Aging (2001- 2007) and Elders Share the Arts ESTA (1979- 2003). She became the NYC Research Director for the landmark study on “Creativity and Aging.” She coordinated the first Mini White House Conference on Creativity and Aging and helped to organize the arts resolutions that were presented at the Whitehouse Conference on Aging (2005). Currently she is a consultant to the field advising on arts organizational development, training healthcare professionals, artists and organizations. She also replicates ESTA’s award winning programs: History Alive and Legacy Works.
Type Practice
Topic Intergenerational Practice
Title First Love – Building Tools for Glocal Creative Collaboration
Description Interactive session demonstrating the creation of FIRST LOVE, a theatre production by older people in The Bronx (United States), Antwerp (Belgium), and Villa el Salvador (Perú). Combining digital technology, live workshops, performances and multi-lingual exchanges between participants in all three countries, FIRST LOVE celebrates older adults’ energetic stories of romance and passion with joy and humour.
FIRST LOVE is a pilot exploring the potential of The World Carrousel: an international platform of community theatres using technology to work together on artistic projects.

Participants will become familiar with The World Carrousel's virtual office, its functionality and steps to become active in this digital platform. Filmed scenes of FIRST LOVE are shown, as well as a digital presentation of the stages of developing FIRST LOVE. The objective of the session is a refreshed commitment to lifelong learning in the arts.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
technologists
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doParticipants will gain insights in the processes we use in order to facilitate local communities to co-create in a global context. They are invited to join the World Carrousel in future projects.
Presenters Ms. Mia Grijp
Miss Ira Vander Borght
Bio Mia Grijp is an actress, director and artistic leader of Sering. She started her career as an actress in theatres and television in Flanders. In the eighties she began writing, directing and producing her own productions. That led to the founding of ‘ Sering ‘ , becoming one of the driving forces and advocate of the social-artistic work in Flanders. Inside her own organization she applies theatre-format as a tool for reintegration of socially excluded individuals. Participants vary in age between 5 -85. In 2003 she developed, for Sering, The World Carrousel and became one of the co- founders.

Type Practice
Topic Discover the Digital Era
Title Improving the accessibility of museums for older people by technological and virtual devices
Description Museum Our Lord in the Attic in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) is a national monument. The original 17th-century house has a hidden church in the attic, that was built during the Reformation for secret Catholic public services. In 2015 Museum Our Lord in the Attic will expand: an adjoining house to the museum will be equipped with an elevator, giving visitors with limited mobility full access to the church and the historic rooms.

To ensure that the technology really meets the needs of the older people, the tool is developed together with a target group. Students and older people examine various technologies together, such as virtual and augmented reality, interactive objects and video. These co-creation workshops ensure an optimal exchange of knowledge and experience between both groups.
By offering the opportunity for real-time interaction between museum visitors with full and limited mobility, their shared experience will significantly deepen and enhance the museum experience.
Targeted audience museum staff
art educators
practitioners
artists
technologists
designers
volunteers
older people
students
Know/able to doParticipants will get a better understanding of co-creation and participatory design processes, particularly with regard to museum content and storytelling, and possible innovative applications of new digital and interactive technologies in the museum sector.
Presenters Ms. Janine Huizenga
Mr. Andrew Bullen
Bio OUR LORD IN THE ATTIC is one of the oldest museums in Amsterdam. Behind the characteristic facade of the house lies an original 17th-century home and a complete hidden church. This hidden church 'in the attic' was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services.

JANINE HUIZENGA works as a digital media designer, teacher, consultant and organizer of workshops and events around digital media design and societal change.

ANDREW BULLEN consults for large-scale European municipalities and clusters in the Culture and Creative Industry sector, and creates, designs and moderates conferences, workshops and events throughout Europe.
Type Practice
Topic Feel the Arts
Title Connecting through Music with the ManiMelo method
Description This presentation gives insights into the important role music can play in the lives of older people and more specific of those living with dementia. Hanne Deneire will give an overview of active, receptive and intergenerational possibilities.
As the founder and artistic director of House of Music, Hanne Deneire developed her own music methodology and created a unique music method called ManiMelo. In her presentation she will give a theoretical approach with examples, but also offer practical advice about the various ways in which music can be applied by anyone who works with older people. As a creative tool ManiMelo is simple to use, so you don't need to be a professional musician to implement this method. Music will change your world and that of your community and gives an impulse to a broader movement. Let's trigger our creativity and engage older people through music.
Targeted audience caregivers for people with dementia
health care professionals
practitioners
musicians
managers
policy makers
Know/able to doThe audience will learn what the possibilities are of working with music and older people, in both an active and receptive way and as well as intergenerational. They will understand how the ManiMelo method can be used and be convinced of its effect by the experience of the presentation itself.
Presenters Ms. Hanne Deneire
Bio Between 2005-2008 Hanne worked as a music therapist at the nursing home, De Hazelaar in Antwerp and from 2005-2012 she was a lecturer in Community Art at the Antwerp Conservatory. As the founder and artistic director of House of Music, she refined her own music methodology to create a unique music method called ManiMelo.
In 2011, Hanne became the national project leader for a singing project for people with dementia, The Voice of our Memory, through the auspices of the Flemish Dementia Expertise Centre, Choir&Voice and House of Music. Her compositions, projects have been put into practice throughout Europe.
Type Practice
Topic Intergenerational Practice
Title Facilitating Intergenerational Co-design: Unexpected Collaborations between Young and Old
Description Sina Kazemi, Conor Trawinski and Minsung Wang are young designers, who act as advocates of intergenerational collaboration. Individually they have been developing methodologies and tools to facilitate intergenerational co-design, and in recent years they have worked together on various co-design projects that involved older people.

The designers believe that the transfer of knowledge is a two-way street. Hands-on experiences can take advantage of various traditional and modern mediums, leading to unexpected collaborations between the young and old, that in turn produce surprising results.
To demonstrate this mentality three case studies will be presented, that share the designers' experience of intergenerational co-design, and illustrate its manifestation and potential: Grandma the Hacker, WeCollaborate Toolkit and Breadcrumb Workshops.
Targeted audience practitioners
artists
technologists
designers
health care professionals
social workers
Know/able to doThe aim of the presentation is to inspire and challenge the audience to take their creative and technological skills and initiate activities that involve people of various backgrounds and generations to work together, leading to concrete and surprising results.
Presenters Mr. Minsung Wang
Mr. Conor Trawinski
Bio The presenter is Minsung Wang, a communication designer based in Eindhoven. He graduated from the Man and Leisure department of Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2014 Minsung initiated Breadcrumbs, a project focused on introducing people to accessible technology, and furthermore exploring how people can actively engage technology.
The overall presentation is a partnership between three independent designers: Minsung Wang, Conor Trawinski and Sina Kazemi. Conor Trawinski is a social designer based in Eindhoven and initiated the WeCollaborate project, while Sina Kazemi is a designer focus on entrepreneurship and innovation and initiated the Grandma the Hacker project.


Research

Type Research
Topic Research meets Practice
Title Cultural Gerontology in the Arts and Music: Challenges for Research and Training
Description The presentation will provide an overview on research topics and methods in the field of cultural participation by older people. These topics and methods are related to scientific reference disciplines which are needed for an interdisciplinary approach towards older people and culture.
Especially music is a key to quality of life in older age: what is the impact of making music, what does music mean for older people and what are the aims and success factors for making and enjoying music in older life? Answers will be given based on evaluated projects and interdisciplinary research studies.
Practitioners are important researchers too: action research is a trend-setting way to establish and legitimise cultural programmes for older people. This type of research ensures a close interrelation between practice and research and leads towards a more reflective practice. Two professional training programmes “Cultural Gerontology in the arts / in music” from Germany will be presented.
Targeted audience researchers
practitioners
students
Know/able to doThe audience will discover examples of interdisciplinary research projects (e.g. neuropsychology and music), be introduced to different research methods in the field of older people and culture and learn about the importance of action research and further education in the field of older people and culture.
Presenters Mr. Theo Hartogh
Bio Studies: music, piano, biology and educational science at the conservatories and universities in Hanover and Hamburg; Dr. phil. about the topic "Music education for mentally disabled people" at the Technical University of Chemnitz; Habilitation at the University of Leipzig about the topic "Music geragogics"; since 2005 Professor of Music Education at the University of Vechta/Germany and lecturer in further education programs on the topic of ”Musikgeragogik” and “Kulturgeragogik”. Main research and publication areas: music education in old age (music geragogics), music in social work, music therapy
Type Research
Topic The Added Value of Art
Title Act Your Age
Description Director of the Dutch Dance Festival, Peggy Olislaegers, will present the latest insights gained from the various projects the Dutch Dance Festival has created with older participants. She will question the general image of ageing and explore new formats of cultural participation.
Peggy Olislaegers will discuss the specific effects of each dance project: the effect on the older – sometimes frail - participants themselves, on the audience that is attending the projects, and on the participating professionals, both from the field of arts, health care and science. She will outline which competences and attitudes are needed from the various professional participants to make the project a success. She will end with recommendations for sponsors and organizers. In her analysis, the role of the top segment of the professional dance field and upcoming choreographers are an important reference.
Targeted audience practitioners
choreographers
dancers
researchers
health care professionals
Know/able to doParticipants will gain insights on which competences and attitudes are needed from various professional participants to make a success of a project with older – sometimes frail - participants. Recommendations for sponsors and organizers will also be given.
Presenters Mrs. Peggy Olislaegers
Bio Peggy Olislaegers (1966) has been the artistic and general director of the Dutch Dance Festival since 2010. She is one of the leading mentors for the European projects Act Your Age and Performing Gender and is also working as a dramaturge for, amongst others, dance company Rambert , London.
The Dutch Dance Festival celebrates, stimulates and boosts current developments in Dutch dance en opens up these developments to a broad audience. Every first weekend of October, the festival presents a diversity of remarkable performances from up-and-coming choreographers as well as from established dance companies in the city of Maastricht.
Type Research
Topic Older Professional Artists
Title The Later Stages in Artistic Development of Older Artists
Description This presentation introduces the first results of the project “The Art of Ageing” - part of the “Like an Artist” programme of the Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (The Netherlands) - that examines how older artists give meaning to the later stages in their artistic development. Our approach combines empirical fieldwork with classic hermeneutics. The analysis of both data sets gives the most complete insight in the experiences of these artists in later life.

A first data set is collected through interviews with Dutch artists in their studios. By means of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, we look for recurring themes that characterize the artists's experiences. A second data set consists of a corpus of later works of the artists that they have referred to in the interviews. A visual and semiotic analysis of these works reveals in what way the ageing process of the artist might be a topic of investigation in their practice.
Targeted audience researchers
artists
older people
Know/able to doThe participants will be informed about the set-up and preliminary results of the project “The Art of Ageing” and get a better understanding of the lived experiences of older artists. The latter may potentially help them to look at the ageing process with fresh eyes.
Presenters Ms. Aagje Swinnen
Ms. Pieternel Fleskens
Bio Aagje Swinnen is Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, Vice-chair of the European Network in Aging Studies and co-editor of the journal Age, Culture, Humanities. She has published on the cultural representation of age, gender, sexuality and disability in a variety of cultural texts (e.g., The Gerontologist, Journal of Aging Studies and Dementia).

Pieternel Fleskens is head of the Hubert Van Eyck Academy that enables collaboration between artists, academics and society at large. In addition, she is a scholar specialized in artistic research at Maastricht University.

Pieternel Fleskens is head of the Hubert Van Eyck Academy that enables collaboration
Type Research
Topic Research meets Practice
Title Friendship and health as influences on arts participation by older people?
Description Recent research pointed to the general trend of declining arts participation from ages around 64. However, identification of particular determinants that promote or hinder arts participation by older people remains limited. This study aims to identify the relationship between socio-demographic and health variables, and social networks on the one side and arts participation on the other. Older people (aged 65-80) who develop productive artistic practices in non-profit art associations are of special interest.

Data from the Belgian Ageing Studies show that a membership of an art association is determining for the attendance rate in cultural activities in general. Important motives to participate in art association appear to be frequent contact with friends and physical health. Research results indicate that age, gender, mental health, perceived ageism, and other social networks (relatives and neighbors) are not significantly related to arts participation. Conclusively, practical implications and policy issues raised by the research are critically discussed.
Targeted audience researchers
academics
policy makers
practitioners

Know/able to doAfter attending this session, participants will be able to understand which motivators and barriers are most important in explaining arts participation in later life. Both policy makers and practitioners (on local and international level) can benefit from the important insights and recommendations for recruitment and retention of older arts participants.
Presenters Ms. Free De Backer
Bio Free De Backer is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Educational Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research focuses on change and innovation in (arts) education and lifelong learning. She collaborates with the Belgian Ageing Studies (BAS), which is one of the research groups in the Department of Educational Sciences. BAS is involved in assessing and measuring needs of older people in local society and in the development and implementation of intervention strategies.



 

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