Monthly Archives: July 2015

102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of ‘Dancing In The Wonder’ | WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio

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A Great Share from Iona Senior Services

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Courtesy of the Original Post

 Regular readers of this curated information blog know that I consider Iona Senior Services in Washington DC to be a model for other communities to emulate. Today Iona is sharing the story of a 102-year-old artist living in the District of Columbia. Enjoy reading and listening to her story from American University Radio.

For my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life I am collecting stories of how the arts bring healing, happiness, and sustainability to our lives. I will also share these stories in the Creative Aging Resource Guide, to be published in early September. Please use the contact form to share how the arts are making your communities a better place to live.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of ‘Dancing In The Wonder’ | WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio.

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Maps in the River Regina MJ Kyle

Maps in the River
Regina MJ Kyle

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, Making Communities Age-Friendly.

Creativity and the Brain: What We Still Don’t Know – Pacific Standard

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FREE New Report from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

Creativity is at the heart of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. We know much more about the brain than we did 20 years ago, but our knowledge is still limited. The National Endowment for the Arts has just released a new report that we all need to read.

Tom Jacobs of Pacific Standard, a reliable source of information, offers a good overview of the report and its recommendations. There is a direct link to the full text of the report in the article.

Creativity and the Brain establishes a framework for  massive and much-needed interdisciplinary research to further our understanding of the brain and creativity. This foundation will give us a sound basis for new approaches in education, healthcare, aging, and the workplace.

Please use the contact form to tell us about creativity in your community.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT CREATIVITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

 Creativity and the Brain: What We Still Don’t Know – Pacific Standard.

Courtesy of Unknown Artist

Courtesy of Unknown Artist

Flowing Rainbow Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Flowing Rainbow Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2014

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, We Keep Creativity Alive.

Hospitals harness the soothing, healing power of art – Live Well Nebraska: Health & Medicine

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Hospitals and the Healing Power of Art–More Good News

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Spring Growing Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Spring Growing
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The arts and wellness revolution in healthcare includes the integration of the arts in the hospital setting. My research for Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life demonstrates how major hospitals, those on the cutting edge of medicine, are the leaders in integrating the arts into their work. This approach includes the use of expressive therapies in patient treatment and integrating music, the visual arts, gardens, and places of meditation into the physical setting. Major childrens’ hospitals, including Boston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis are models for the rest of the country. The Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Mass General in Boston, and others do the same.

Today’s post brings good news out of Nebraska for hospitals planning new facilities. The Omaha World Herald in its Live Well Nebraska section reports on the progress of the new Fred & Paula Buffett Cancer Center, opening in 2017. At the heart of an extensive healing arts program is Leslie’s Healing Garden, open year-round outside. The Center is also developing an extensive arts collection for the hospital and programs in the expressive therapies. The integration of the arts into healing has a strong research base and is becoming the norm in enlightened medical practice.

Please use the contact form to tell us about the integration of the arts in medicine in your community.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT INTEGRATING THE ARTS IN MEDICINE IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

Hospitals harness the soothing, healing power of art – Live Well Nebraska: Health & Medicine.

Portrait of a Rose Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Portrait of a Rose
Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Fireworks Series Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Fireworks Series
Regina MJ Kyle 2014

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive.

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup | Edutopia

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For All Teachers: Great Arts Integration Resources from Edutopia

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Courtesy of Unknown Artist

My book in progress Shaping Lives. Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life presents a new model for educating our children. Based on the integration of the arts and a philosophical foundation based on the interdependence of play, creation, and knowledge in human development, this model draws on the wisdom and strengths of both Montessori and Waldorf. As we work toward shaping the new process, integrating the arts into existing education practices offers a way forward.

Edutopia, supported by the George Lucas Foundation, is a valuable resource for teachers and schools. In today’s post Edutopia offers free access to many arts integration resources for teachers. Take advantage of this and share with others.

Please use the contact form to tell us how you are integrating the arts into the curriculum and methodologies of your schools.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT INTEGRATING THE ARTS IN YOUR SCHOOLS.

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup | Edutopia.

Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

10580801_10152311840058041_5455590614948523842_oThe Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

e-Resource Guide – Iona Senior Services

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Free Resource Guide from Iona Senior Services in Washington DC

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Courtesy of Iona Senior Services, Washington, DC

Courtesy of Iona Senior Services, Washington, DC

Readers of this curated information blog know that I am a big fan of Iona Senior Services in Washington, DC. This organization is a national model for what a senior services center should be. They have just published their new 2015-2016 Resource Guide for seniors and it is available FREE for download here. While the guide is most useful for those living in the greater Washington, DC area–the District, Maryland, and Virginia–it has information useful to all of us.

I highly recommend it as a model for other senior service agencies. Getting the information on available services to elders in our communities is essential. In far too many cases people are unaware of the possibilities available for them.

Please use the contact form to tell us about senior resource guides in your area.

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e-Resource Guide – Iona Senior Services.

Butterfly. Water, and Weeds at Sunset Courtesy of Unknown Artist

Butterfly. Water, and Weeds at Sunset
Courtesy of Unknown Artist

Courtesy of  Iona Senior Services

Courtesy of Iona Senior Services

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, Keeping Creativity Alive.

How A Prison Art Program Is Promoting Self-Reflection In Incarcerated Men

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The Arts and Rehabilitation: A Revolution in the Making

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Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

The arts have the potential to change lives, even of those in prisons. We have far too many people in prison in the US and our prison system has far too narrow a philosophical foundation. Rehabilitation needs to be the focus–from economic, social, and moral perspectives.

In a post a few weeks ago, I shared information about the Art School working to rehabilitate prisoners in Karachi, Pakistan. Today’s post comes from California and demonstrates the importance of finding new approaches to working with prisoners. Our system needs to work more toward changing the lives and attitudes of prisoners. We need to look at countries like Norway with model life-changing programs.

Today’s post tells the story of one artist and her work with prisoners in California. Laura Penceco is the founder of Project Paint: The Prison Arts INiTiative. She uses self-reflection and the technical skills of an artist to introduce and study creativity among the prisoners. This interview with her and the illustrations of prisoners’ art offers new perspectives on the possibilities for rehabilitation and return to society of prisoners.

Please use the contact form to tell us about art in the prisons in your community.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT REHABILITATION IN LOCAL PRISONS.

 How A Prison Art Program Is Promoting Self-Reflection In Incarcerated Men.

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Courtesy of the Unknown Designer

Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive!

Redefining Aging and What It Means to Grow Old – Living Life – AARP

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Rethinking Aging, Mission of The School of Creative Aging

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Aging is the most natural process in the world. How we think and act about aging either supports creative aging or works to marginalize elders in our society. The School for Creative Aging envisions a new world where we respect the wisdom and contributions of elders in age-friendly communities. The AARP has many programs supporting vital longevity. The current issue of the AARP magazine, posted here, offers new ideas for activities for all of us. What do you dream of doing that you haven’t done yet?

Please use the contact form to tell us about active aging opportunities in your community.

Redefining Aging and What It Means to Grow Old – Living Life – AARP.

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, We Keep Creativity Alive.

World first: Singing improves mental wellbeing of older people – News Releases – Canterbury Christ Church University

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Music is the Heart of Wellness and Healing: From Your Curated Information Blog, Create & Be Well

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Courtesy of David Avocado Wolfe

The power of music flows through my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. Listening to music, playing an instrument, singing, dancing…all these bring us joy, memories, healing. The research on how music affects our entire life grows richer every day.

The Sidney De Haan Centre for the Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University (Kent, UK) has completed the first rigorous, scientific research study on the impact of community singing on the health of older adults. Community singing improves the health of those participating and ameliorates depression, loneliness, and other negative forces among elders. The poat today outlines the results and includes a link to the full study.

These results reinforce the outcomes of US and Canadian uses of music in the lives of those with dementia through the Music and Memory program.

Please use the contact form to tell us how music is a part of the life of seniors in your community.

 World first: Singing improves mental well-being of older people – News Releases – Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Courtesy of the Designer/Artist

River Dreams. Healing Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2015

River Dreams. Healing Waters
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging: We Keep Creativity Alive!

 

How to Follow Your Improbable Passion – Next Avenue

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Sunday is for Inspiration!

Music for Any Age…Brought to You by Create & Be Well, Your Curated Information Blog!

Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

Music is at the Center of Life, at the Heart of Wellness.

Music keeps making encore appearances in my research for Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. Today’s post comes once again from Next Avenue, a true cornucopia of information on creative aging.

It is never too late to follow your impossible dream of playing music. For over 25 years the Late Starters Orchestra at the Borough of Manhattan Community College has been offering New York’s seniors a chance to play. Ari Goldman, a former New York Times reporter, went back to playing the cello after 25 years. The players in the Downtown Symphony introduced him to the orchestra and the result is his wonderful book the Late Starters Orchestra.

Enjoy this offering from Next Avenue, perhaps buy Ari Goldman’s book, and find ways of making music an essential part of your life.

Please use the contact form to tell us about music and creative aging in your community.

How to Follow Your Improbable Passion – Next Avenue.

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Courtesy of Helen Kagan

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Courtesy of Original Poster

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, We Keep Creativity Alive!

The Body Never Lies: Dancers Use Age in Art – Next Avenue

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Sunday is for Inspiration, from Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, Brought to You by Create & Be Well, Your Curated Information Blog.

In Honor of National Dance Day

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

As I continue research for Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life, Canadian examples keep appearing. The Company of Angels is a dance company of amateurs over 60 founded in 2013 by outstanding choreographer Randy Glynn. What started as a flash mob to celebrate the opening of a local farmers market morphed into Dancing in the Third Act, a performance by a troupe of 60-75 year old seniors.

Enjoy this story and its accompanying video from Next Avenue, a great PBS source of information on creative aging.

Please use the contact form to tell us about dancing for creative aging in your community.

The Body Never Lies: Dancers Use Age in Art – Next Avenue.

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Fireworks Series Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Fireworks Series
Regina MJ Kyle 2014

The Kyle Group and The School of Creative Aging, We Keep Creativity Alive.