ReFraming Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts

Silvermine Arts Center

Feb 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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“It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years to life―
our objective must also be to add new life to those years.” John F. Kennedy

ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts, an exhibition on view at the Silvermine Arts Center from February 16–March 24, 2019, will feature artists who are making the some of strongest works of their careers. Their visually compelling art in a variety of media addresses socially relevant humanities ideas—engaging visitors of every age. ReFRAMING Agingwill debunk myths about aging, deepen visitors’ understanding of why lifelong creativity matters, and inspire intergenerational bonds—illuminating what it means to age creatively in our youth-oriented society when people are living longer.

The Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided generous support for dynamic humanities programs—a keynote lecture, moderated panel discussion, and family day storytelling. The exhibition and programs are free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 16 – OPENING EVENTS

· 1 – 2 pm Exhibition Preview

· 2 – 4 pm Public Opening and Keynote LectureThe Science Behind the Art: How Everyone Can be Creative, and Why it Matters with James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticutand a leading scholar on creativity


· 2 – 3 pm “Better with Age" Lecture and Conversationwith Robin Jaffee Frank, PhD, Director of Strategy and Development, Silvermine Arts Center, author and art historian

· 3:30–5 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A on Creativity and Healthy Aging moderated by a physician from the Geriatric Assessment Center

Saturday, March 23 – FAMILY DAY

· 2–3 pm Conversationwith award-winning painter, children’s book Illustrator, and author Leonard Everett Fisher and Anne Butler Rice, Director of Education at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

· 3–4:30 pm Drawn Together – A Multigenerational Experience

Story Time: Readings ofthe critically and popularly acclaimed books Drawn Togetherby Minh Lê, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat; and Inkling by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith. Both stories are about how making art connects family members across generations.

Art Making: Following the Reading, Silvermine Teaching Artists will lead art-making activities for children and accompanying adults.

Artwork – James Grashow, Herons in the Stream , Corrugated board, wood, acrylic

Contact Name: Roger Mudre

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Contact Phone: 203.966.9700 x26

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Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840

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