NOAH 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops

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The Creative Age: Arts, Health and Aging

Overview: The Creative Age: Arts, Health and Aging Pre-Conference will present effective practices to help arts in health providers understand not only the challenges of aging in later life but its potential through creative expression. Creative aging will be addressed in term of flourishing by and through arts in health programs to support the boom of people living longer and healthier lives as well as the challenges of caring for older people with chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive illnesses. Attendees will take away core understandings of program development including partnership development, funding and marketing through a groundbreaking case study of the award winning Goddard House of Boston.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome – A Music Ice Breaker

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM – The Creative Age: Arts, Health and Aging Overview – The Potential in Living Longer and Healthier Lives through Arts Engagement

Gay Hanna, PhD MFA, Arts Consultant, MedStar Health Philanthropies Group; Lisa Wong, MD, Pediatrician, Musician, Co-Assistant Co-Director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative Harvard Medical School and Julia Langley, Faculty Director of the Arts and Humanities Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

9:55 AM – 10:30 AM   – Sky Above Clouds: Finding our Way through Creativity, Aging, and Illness

Wendy Miller, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, REAT, LPC, BCPC, Founder and Clinician, Create Institute. Author; Sky Above Clouds

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Aesthetic Break: Audrey Albert King, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT, CMA – Dance/Movement Therapist, Dancer

11:00 PM – Noon – Case Study: Goddard House – Serving their residents, caregivers and community through arts engagement, Panel includes – Candace Cramer, MA, MBA, CPA – Chief Executive Officer, Goddard House; Erica Curcio, MA, LMHC, ATR, CDP – Enriched Life Director, Goddard House Assisted Living; Ginny Mazur, MA, LMHC, ATR – Community & Academic Arts Advisor, Goddard House

With Panelists who reside at Goddard House: Bridgina Benson – Lead resident farmer for our organic vegetable farm with Green City Growers of Somerville, MA.  Tap and dance/movement therapy participant.

John Kaufman – Noted film and Heavy Metal blogger.  Developed and leads a film program, Reel to Reel, for Goddard House residents on both traditional and memory support assisted living.

12:10 PM – 12:45 PM   Aging and the Human Spirit: Images, Insights and Interventions from the Arts

Sandra Bertman, PhD, FT, LCSW. Thanatologist, Good Shepherd Community Care. Scholar, Arts and Health Institute, Lesley University

12:45 PM- 1 PM The Creative Age – Challenges and Opportunities- Group Discussion 

Learning Objectives:

1. To identify three (3) evidence benefits of arts engagement related to healthy aging including caring for the caregiver

2. To recognize arts engagement as part of strength based holistic care of older people

3.  To demonstrate a knowledge of ageism and other age related bias; and, how arts engagement can mitigate them.

4. To identify three (3) ways arts engagement can be integrated into the continuum of care supporting older people and their caregivers


Arts in Health: A Toolbox for Starting Your Own Program

Instructors from the NOAH Board, Ambassadors, and the Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH) will guide attendees through the process of starting an arts in health program. Attendees will receive resources for developing programs in their communities, learn about the field of arts in health and how to advocate for it, and hear case studies from experienced professionals. Topics to be covered include:

  • Arts in the Environment
  • Expressive Art Therapies and Clinical Art Therapies
  • Artists in Residence
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Philanthropy and Funding


Physician Burnout – Why, What Helps, & How Can the Arts Address It?

NOAH Board Member and facilitator Dr. Alan Siegel will explore the epidemic of Physician Burnout and changes that can be implemented to address this national crisis. This workshop will give attendees tools for developing arts engagement activities in health and wellness settings for professional caregivers and includes hands-on experiential instruction.

Dr. Simon Talbot, Harvard hand transplant surgeon and one of the editors on the article, “Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury”, will address the topic of moral injury as well as other drivers of burnout, how to develop resilience, and evidence-based solutions. Attendees will learn about arts-based modalities to address this crisis, and have the opportunity for hands-on participation through observing, engaging with music, and making art. Everyone is welcome to engage at their own level. CME will be provided.

Register for these workshops and other NOAH conference offerings here.