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Thu 09 / 08 / 2022
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM



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Open to all


Hosted by Northwest Neighbors Village
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Creative Wellbeing in Later Life

Speaker: Professor Jon Kay

People over the age of sixty-five now outnumber those under the age of five for the first time in human history. Nevertheless, more older adults suffer from feelings of loneliness, boredom, and helplessness. However, older adults who maintain or adopt an art- or music-making practice often experience greater satisfaction in their lives. In this presentation, folklorist Jon Kay shares observations from more than twenty-five years of documenting the expressive lives of elders.

Jon Kay directs Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University where he also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is the author of Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers (2016), and the edited volume The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging (2018). He is the lead author of Memory, Art, and Aging: A Resource and Activity Guide (2020). Kay has produced more than 60 exhibitions, and 30 documentary films on a range of arts-related topics. In 2020, he was awarded a Bicentennial Medal for his service to Indiana University.

Free PDF Downloads of Jon Kay’s Books and Other Publications:

  • Memory, Art, and Aging: A Resource and Activity Guide (Traditional Arts Indiana, 2020)
    Free Download via Traditional Arts Indiana:
  • The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging (Indiana University Press, 2018)
    Free Download via IU Scholarworks:
  • Folk Art and Aging: Life Story Objects and their Makers (Indiana University Press, 2016)
    Free Download via IU Scholarworks:

Northwest Neighbors Village is a local non-profit dedicated to building a supportive community where older adults are valued and age with dignity. We are delighted to offer these programs for free to our neighbors, and keep you engaged and learning. To learn more about us or to support our efforts to enable older adults to thrive in Northwest, DC, please visit our homepage.