Programme of work on active ageing and arts participation | Voluntary Arts

September 11, 2012

Voluntary Arts News from Voluntary ArtsProgramme of work on active ageing and arts participation

Voluntary Arts has begun a two-year project ART-AGE, Art based learning and active ageing with partner organisations from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden on the topic of active ageing and arts participation. The project is supported by the European Union lifelong learning programme Grundtvig.

The project will look at the impacts on individuals of learning through participating in the arts, with a particular focus on older people taking part in amateur arts activities, and will explore the linked questions:

What are the particular benefits of informal learning?

What is distinctive about informal learning in the arts?

What makes older people’s informal learning in the arts different?

The first project meeting took place in London last week, and featured a trip to visit the East London Late Starters’ Orchestra (ELLSO) in one of their final rehearsals for the Bandstand Marathon. ELLSO is a teaching orchestra for amateur musicians and late starter string players in London – http://www.ellso.org.

The project website will go live by the end of 2012, details of which will be published on the Voluntary Arts website and here in the e-news. In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving further updates, have any thoughts on the project or any suggestions of articles or studies that might form part of the project’s baseline research, please email info@voluntaryarts.org with ‘ART-AGE’ in the subject line.

via Programme of work on active ageing and arts participation | Voluntary Arts.

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