Category Archives: Issues & Trends

Creative Aging in Libraries Catches On Nationwide

Public Libraries across the country are starting to respond to the size and diversity of the nation’s growing older adult population.  They are experimenting with new approaches to serving Boomers and other generations of active older adults, offering job counseling services, health education, housing information, match-ups for community volunteering, financial planning advice and classes in PhotoShop and social media.

Creative Aging programs, or arts education for older adults, are one of the most promising indications of the trend towards “50+ Library Services”.  Taught by trained artist-educators, Creative Aging programs reflect new research on older adults that offers evidence for the benefits of skills development and social engagement.  Older adults who participate in structured, sequential arts education with peers have lower rates of illness and show fewer signs of the cognitive declines that can occur through social isolation.  The also reflect the positive benefits of the sense of accomplishment that comes through creative expression. Continue reading Creative Aging in Libraries Catches On Nationwide

Interdisciplinary Exhibitions at MoMA and the Met

Two recent back-to-back visits to major exhibitions in New York City –  Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 at MoMA and Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity at the Met – provoked some observations about curatorial trends in major art museums.  Although the two exhibitions were developed in different  institutional contexts, and focused on different artistic themes and time periods, they had telling similarities in their display and interpretation, among them:

  • an emphasis on the social networks behind the art;        
  • interdisciplinary and cross-media perspectives;
  • the inclusion of a number of women artists;
  • equal attention to lesser known images or objects and widely recognized pieces; and
  • extensive interpretive programming.                                                                                                                                                         

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