Stuart Kandell has received a Fulbright Global Scholars Grant to study creative aging in Japan and Germany. He recently returned from two months in Japan where he presented at an international conference on "Smart Ageing" at Tohoku University in Sendai (north of Fukushima). He interviewed 25 older artists (from age 60 - 88) for his research. An article on his work and life appeared in the Nikkei BP Online News, Japan's largest business online magazine.
Susan Perlstein and Stuart Kandell presented lectures and workshops at the first International Conference "The Creative Age" in Washington, D.C. September 25, 26, 2016. Organized by the National Center for Creative Aging, Perlstein is the International Liaison that brought practitioners from around the world.
In November, both were "down under" as featured presenters for the "Healthy People, Healthy Communities – Engaging with the Arts" conference in Sydney, Australia.
Stuart Kandell and Susan Perlstein spent three days in Salt Lake City to launch the initial "rollout" for Engage Utah's Creative Aging Program. They spoke to the entire Utah Arts Council and did two days of training for organizations and artists participating in the initial collaborations in and around Salt Lake. "Thank you for coming to Utah You have made a difference here." -Ken Crossley, Engage Director.
Susan Perlstein was the keynote speaker for the "Long Live Arts Festival" held May 20-22 in The Hague for arts and aging groups from across Europe, who gathered for the first time. Perlstein was introduced to Queen Beatrix who was in attendance. Both Kandell and Perlstein gave two well attended workshops. Click here to see a video of the conference highlights with Susan Perlstein.
Stuart Kandell was a featured presenter at the European Theatre Convention's Art of Ageing Conference held in Timisoara, Romania April 16-19. Theatre companies from around Europe gathered to study the impact of ageing, present original plays, and participate in Dr. Kandell's workshop. Click here to see the program and article written by Dr. Kandell.
Perlstein and Kandell were honored at the first national conference on creative aging across America. They were featured in the opening plenary as the pioneers of creative aging. And in the professional development day, they trained attendees in employing the creative arts.
Kandell and Perlstein gave three presentations at the 60th Anniversary Conference of ASA in San Diego. They led off with the "State of the Field of Creative Aging in America," giving an overview of the most recent happenings across the country. Then they gave an interactive workshop "Get a Life: Eat, Sleep, Play" that inspired participants to do theatre, dance and storytelling. And they convened a peer group for people interested in arts and aging. There were over 2,500 participants from around the country and all three presentations were packed.