Are you looking to add some “splash” and creativity to your engagement programming? Discover how the fundamental principles of creative aging, each guided by research and best practices, can boost your current work and speak to they why behind your program, including your ability to address social connection, growth, wellness, and ageism.
You will leave this workshop knowing how to explain the amazing work you do in terms anyone can understand the value of - the research about how wildly effective creative engagement is, the basic principles of creative aging, and specific areas that your programming addresses.
This workshop is geared towards any professional in aging services, with emphasis placed on those who develop or deliver programs meant to directly engage older adults (for example, your department or program may focus on wellness, activities, exercise, social connection, community arts, mental or emotional health, education, nutrition, etc).
Virtual: We're going to have fun in this interactive workshop! This won't be your standard Zoom meeting. Cameras on, bring paper and writing utensils (we support your multi-color highlighter habit).
In-Person: We'll make our way to your team, wherever you are in the world, carrying our art supplies with us. These workshops have incredible energy that will inspire your team! Depending on location, there may be additional travel fees associated.
Facilitators from Creative Spark, a Front Porch Program:
Jessica McCracken, MPA, brings people together through the creative process. Her career began at the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts, Institute on Aging in 2007. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Arts Management. With great dedication to collaboration, Jessica co-founded Creative Aging San Francisco, a collective of individuals utilizing the arts to support healthy aging.
Katie Wade, MEd, LPC, is passionate about ensuring we all have access to creative means of connecting with ourselves and others as we grow older. After working as a mental health therapist with older adults in an inpatient setting, Katie maintained a private practice while providing social connection programming and other services to older adults and caregivers, and now nurtures and grows innovative creative aging programs.