TGG programs are being replicated in Asheville, NC through a partnership with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, NC. Our art therapy program director has trained facilitators there, and we have received grant funding from NC foundations to conduct programming. The addition of art exhibitions in the Asheville area will spread the concept of promoting senior artists and will provide additional revenue for TGG. This pilot project will enable TGG to seek future partners in other regions to further the mission of showcasing senior artists and providing art therapy for at-risk seniors. Use of our licensed curriculum materials will provide additional revenue.
Our executive director and program director were invited as keynote presenters to the National Conference on Creative Aging (NCCA) which brought together more than 300 leaders from across the country and around the world as it aligned with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) and the NCCA Professional Development Institute to explore the Practice, Research, and Business of Creative Aging. We were officially invited to present with the leadership exchange team that led The Research of Creative Aging: Placemaking and Community session, which integrated our expertise and practice in a collaborative exchange with colleagues in the field. The Research of Creative Aging: Placemaking and Community session address both content and issues vital to the field along with key inquiries identified during the 2014 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. The session, held in May 2015 will be documented with acknowledgement of our contribution as a leader in the field and may be used in resulting publications.