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The Arts Councils Arts and Older Peoples programme is helping to support a professional development opportunity for dancers and choreographers working with older people.
Next year, Scotland's world famous festivals will be joined by another major event, an inspiring and ambitious annual festival of the arts for, by, with and about older people organised by Creative Scotland and Age Scotland, in partnership with The Baring Foundation.
Over 200 arts participants (aged 50+), policy makers, local authorities and health boards united on Tuesday, 29 March 2011, to celebrate the benefits of a creative older population.
The three year Arts and Older People Programme,launched in July 2010, provides older people with the opportunity to use arts as a creative vehicle to explore and highlight social justice issues through a series of artist-led interventions.
In 2006, a group of artists associations and individuals came together in response to the growing awareness of the serious challenges facing Canadas professional senior artists. With the intention of developing programs and services to respond to these challenges, they launched the Senior Artists Research Project (SARP) in 2009 to investigate the circumstances, situation, needs and interests of senior artists.
The Arts Council is developing a pioneering new programme, in partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies, to greatly extend opportunities for older people to engage with the arts.