USA - International Document

The Creativity and Aging Study

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Cohen G

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National Endowment for the Arts

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Other Paper


The National Endowment for the Arts and the George Washington University conducted a multisite national study with the aim of evaluating the effects relevant to general health, mental health, overall functioning, and sense of well being in older persons caused by active participation in cultural programs provided by professional artists involved in visual and literary arts, music, and other cultural domains. These programs draw upon a range of art and cultural disciplines, such as painting, pottery, dance, music, poetry, drama, material culture, and oral histories in a creative context. This paper reveals strikingly positive differences in the intervention group (those involved in intensive participatory art programs) as compared to a control group not involved in intensive cultural programs.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Cohen G (2006). The Creativity and Aging Study. USA: National Endowment for the Arts.