ERIC Number: ED488729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Community Connections: Intergenerational Links in Art Education
La Porte, Angela M., Ed.
National Art Education Association
Intergenerational programs have become widespread since the mid-20th century, emphasizing "activities that increase cooperation and exchange between any two generations. Typically, they involve interaction between young and old in which there is a sharing of skills, knowledge, and experience" (Newman, 1986, p. 6). They developed in response to concerns that different age groups had become socially isolated from one another. Sociologists and gerontologists became convinced of the social and psychological benefits of intergenerational activities, such as elevated self-esteem and sense of autonomy among seniors and improved attitudes of each age cohort towards the other. This book is intended to inform and energize an intergenerational movement in art education. Part I, composed of six chapters, includes some current research in the field of art education. Part II describes a variety of intergenerational programs across the United States. These contributions provide a foundation of research and curriculum from which stimulating new programs can evolve. They programs enrich and deepen the educational experience of the participants and promote many social and psychological benefits. Following an introduction and a preface, this book is divided into two parts. Part 1 contains the first six chapters: (1) "The Educational, Social, and Psychological Implications of Intergenerational Art Education" (Angela M. La Porte); (2) "Intergenerational Explorations of Snapshots: Lives in Transition" (Kathleen Keys, Heather Ferrell, and Karen Willie Passey); (3) "Artstories[c]: Exploring Intergenerational Learning Connections Through Narrative Construction" (Pamela Harris Lawton); (4) "Seniors with Cognitive Disabilities: Assisting Visual Memory" (Erin Tapley); (5) "Bringing the Outdoors In: An Intergenerational Community Service Mural Art Project" (Michelle Tony Zelkowitz); and (6) "The Acoma Experience" (Steve Willis). Part 2, contains the concluding six chapters of the book: (7) "Community Connections: Living History Arts" (Marsha Gildin and Susan Perlstein); (8) "Linking Generations Through Film and Foodways" (Kristin G. Congdon, Natalie Underberg, and Sterling Van Wagenen); (9) "The Creative and Performing Arts as a Generational Bridge" (Pamela Costanza); (10) "Legacy Thrones: Intergenerational Collaboration in Creating Multicultural Public Art" (Mel Alexenberg and Miriam Benjamin); (11) "Generations Together" (Diane B. Barret); and (12) "Behind the Tomato Curtain: Interdisciplinary Museum-Based Learning" (Alison Aune).
Descriptors: Psychology, Memory, Art Education, Intergenerational Programs, Older Adults, Interdisciplinary Approach, Films, History, Art Products, Community Programs
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Art Education Association, Reston, VA.