In our last Arts and Aging blog we talked about famous artists who created new and exciting masterpieces in later life. Of course, it’s not just the masters who continue to thrive artistically as they age.
Meet Frieda Lefeber, who turned 100 last March. She celebrated becoming a centenarian with her first solo exhibition. According to an article on Philly.com Lefeber began attending art classes at age 76 and earned a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at the age of 83. The article explains that she originally intended to get a bachelor’s degree “but she admitted, her tendency to fall asleep while sitting in the front row during art history lectures was a barrier. So instead, she graduated with a certificate”.
While working as a registered nurse, Lefeber cared for the famous American folk artist Grandma Moses who started her own painting career at 78. Coincidentally, it wasn’t until her late seventies when Lefeber became interested in painting.
Numerous studies have shown how participation in the creative arts and lifelong learning positively impact an older adults mental and physical well-being. So it comes as no surprise that Lefeber continues to be active by updating her published biography and learning to cook for her daughter and son-in-law.
Music is another artform in which people tend to thrive artistically as they age. Take Leonard Cohen for example, at age 80 he continues to produce his enticing blend of poetry and music with his latest live album ‘Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour’.
Upcoming Conferences and Events
National Centre for Creative Aging
The Creative Age: National Leadership Exchange and Conference
May 18-21, 2015
“Join colleagues, peers, and key leaders in creative aging from across the nation and around the world for a dynamic constellation of events at this seminal gathering to explore the practice, the research, and the business of creative aging in America. Aligned with the 2015 White House Summit on Creativity and Aging the week will advance practice, foster national advocacy, and impact policy across the spectrum of creative aging.”
50+ Festival: Aging is Changing
June 1-4, 2015
“This year’s 50+ Festival at the Ryerson University Campus offers inspiring sessions that promote conversations about creative aging, reinvention, the business of aging and so much more. Join us as we celebrate new perspectives and approaches that will challenge your notions of living longer.”
ArtSage Midwest Arts & Aging Conference and Showcase
June 19, 2015
“Join us for an arts-infused day of keynotes and workshops from national and regional leaders in the field of arts and aging! Learn how to build arts programming for older adults based on best practices in the field. Plus—an exhibitor fair and artist showcase with outstanding ArtSage-trained professional teaching artists, and the first-ever ArtSage Awards!”