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Creativity and Aging in America

2015 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Professional Development Institute
convening May 18 through 21, 2015 | Washington, DC



Join colleagues, peers, and key leaders in from across the nation and around the world-in Washington DC May 18-21, 2015 for a dynamic constellation of events at this seminal gathering to explore the Practice, the Research, and the Business of Creative Aging in America. Aligned with the 2015 White House Summit on Creativity and Aging the week will advance practice, foster national advocacy, and impact policy across the spectrum of creative aging.

The 2015 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference is comprised of three signature events: the 2015 NCCA Leadership Exchange Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20 2015 at Arena Stage; the NCCA Professional Development Institute (PDI) on Thursday, May 21, 2015; and a robust constellation of Community, National Advocacy, and Field Networking Events May 18-21, 2015.

Visit the 2015 NCCA Conference Overview to explore your options (click on the title of any event or session to learn more) or head to 2015 NCCA Conference Registration and register now! 

From dynamic plenary sessions and hands-on workshops to poster presentations, networking events, and training sessions every event is crafted to retool practitioners, showcase best practice programs, generate innovation, expand networks, and build capacity-all in the heart of the nation's Capitol City. CEU credits are available in multiple disciplines.


2015 NCCA Conference Keynote presenters include: Nora Super, White House Conference on Aging; Sunil Iyengar, the National Endowment for the Arts; Susan Perlstein, Elders Share the Arts; Sandra Gibson, DeVos Institute for the Arts; Tim Carpenter, EngAGE;  Jorge Merced, Pregones Theater/Teatro Pregones; and Tony and Helga Noice, 2010 Gene Cohen Research Award Winners.


Click below for the interactive version of the 2015 Creativity and Aging in America Overview

Attendees across the spectrum of creativity and aging--from family and professional caregivers to artists, practitioners, researchers, arts insitutions, health and human services agencies, and senior service organizations and administrators--will gather to experience the:


2015 NCCA Leadership Exchange convening May 19-20, 2015 for 1.5 days at the state-of-the-art Arena Stage along DC's Southwest waterfront for powerful leading edge conversations, idea exchange, and capacity building focused on the practice, the research, and the business of creative aging;
NCCA Professional Development Institute convening Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Washington,DC, area cultural institutions and aging services sites (including The Kreeger Museum and IONA Senior Services) with in-depth workshops that will stimulate and enrich creative aging programming and practice; and a series of Commmunity, National Advocacy, Speical Interest Groups, International Ambassador, and Field Networking events May 18-21 surrounding the 2015 Leadership Exchange including the White House Summit on Creativity and Aging co-presented with the National Endowment for the Arts and a powerful Legislative Briefing take place throughout the week at locations clustered on and around Capitol Hill.

Together, these dynamic events will generate and foster creativity, advocacy, networking, and innovation across the spectrum of creative aging and support regional, national, and international connections in preparation for the 2016 NCCA International THE CREATIVE AGE Conference to be held in Washington, DC.

What You Will Experience

The Practice of Creative Aging | Innovative, evidence-based practices in creative aging that have been field tested and are ready for replication locally, nationally, and globally will be the focus of an exciting track designed by master teaching artists and practitioners.

The Research of Creative Aging | Discover emerging research demonstrating the impact of creative expression on healthy aging in a track designed by leaders in the field.

The Business of Creative Aging |  Learn about cutting-edge business models and sustainability strategies through a track designed by professionals who are reshaping aging in America.

CEU's are available through National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB NCERS), Social Work through the Washington Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium.