Everyday Creativity in Later Life: art, technology & community

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Gross J

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64 Million Artists

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This publication reports on an action research project, ‘Do, Think, Share’, that took place in Leicester between March 2017 and April 2018. It was a collaboration between 64 Million Artists and Leicester Ageing Together (LAT), and was supported by the Baring Foundation and Nominet Trust. The aim of this report is to examine the implications of the project for understanding the roles of creativity and digital technology in later life.

The report is aimed at:
• The LAT consortium, its sixteen partner organisations, and older people living in Leicester
• Wider populations of older people across the UK
• Individuals, groups, organisations, networks, local authorities, funding agencies and policy makers working with older people and/or seeking to enable and promote self-led or everyday creativity.

The project aims are articulated around the following areas:
• Social Challenge: Older people can often feel socially isolated and a lack of creative agency. Volunteers working with older people seek resources and inspiration to creatively enrich their relationships with them
• Solution: An online resource that brings together ideas for people to do, think about and share with each other, using creativity to help connect and motivate
• Value Generation: The digital resource will offer a suite of shareable and adaptable creative tools, as well as a space for community sharing. New tools can be prototyped and added over time
• Social Value: Older people better connected, services have simple and usable tools to run their own activities, enabling cost-savings on external providers and providing more social opportunities for older people and volunteers
• User Value: Developing personal connections. Engaging in new activities that promote a sense of agency and wellbeing. Inspiration and resources for carers and volunteers

The findings contained in this report derive primarily from semi-structured interviews conducted between June 2017 and March 2018. Interviewees included staff at a range of LAT organisations, as well as staff at 64 Million Artists and members of the wider project team. Further data was collected through evaluation forms completed by participants in the Derby Creative Challenge Group. A thematic analysis was then undertaken, across each of these data.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Gross, J. D. (2018). Everyday Creativity in Later Life: Art, Technology & Community. London: 64 Million Artists.