As the Partnerships in Aging Program advances a new narrative about aging and what it means to be an older person, art and creativity-centered activities have become a core component of its programming. This summer, the artists shown below gathered with Director, Cherie Rosemond, to connect with one another and build enthusiasm for programs and events at the nexus of aging and art. Creating art, no matter the medium, provides opportunities for connection to others, connection to self, and personal exploration.

We are very excited to bring together a group of people as deeply passionate as we are about creating a community in which every age is celebrated. Our group is comprised of artists from many disciplines, including photography, fashion, theater, film, radio and visual arts.

PiAP Art Meeting Photo

Pictured from left to right:

Lee Anne McClymont: Director/Producer of Courage Cocktail Radio Show. With funding from the Partnerships in Aging Program, Lee Ann produced a 5-part radio series entitled:  Long Lives Long View.

Sue Coppola: UNC professor in Occupational Therapy/Science – Sue uses literature in her classes to promote student’s understanding of “occupation” in later life

Chris Richman: photographer – Sponsored in part by The Partnerships in Aging Program, Chris is developing an exhibit for display at local venues called Living Long Lives.

Bolton Anthony: Bolton is an aficionado of film. He uses film to spark discussions about later life. Bolton is the founder of Second Journey.

Amy Elliott: Amy is the founder of Acting is Awesome. This fall, Amy will introduce Play Back Theater for older adults through the Ollie Program.

Morgan Adams: Inspired by Gene Cohen’s work on Creative Aging, Morgan is developing art programs for elders living in congregate housing.

Deb Suchoff: Deb is a Project Engage graduate who has been inspired to use her artistic talents to offer new programs at local Senior Centers.

Cherie Rosemond: Director, Partnerships in Aging, is a dancer and loves to create beauty using second hand “stuff.”