Living Art - Living Well

Is a four part Seminar Series

The series provides health professionals, students and faculty with an understanding of the important link between art and creativity in healthy aging. Each seminar explores ideas of how creativity affects the health of the body, mind and spirit of older adults. Specially chosen Maine master artists demonstrate their craft and discuss the role of those activities in their lives. To view the series scroll down to the Youtube link.

Mission

To provide health professionals, faculty and students with training and curricula tools that are relevant to today's older adult population's healthcare needs and expectations. To provide the imperatives of a rapidly changing healthcare delivery system. to provide opportunity for an aging rural state in which primary care providers and other health professionals with knowledge of older adult care can connect.

Funding Source

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Number UB4HP19207,  UNE-MGEC is one of 45 national GECs.

Participant Objectives

  1. Increase awareness and knowledge relating to the impact of art in aging and how artful creativity matters to the overall health of the body, mind and spirit of the older adult.
  2. Address the intersection of the role of art in aging and health of the older adult.
  3. Create greater affirmative attitudes toward aging through the use of art.
  4. Identify the relationship between artful creativity, others sense of self and quality of life.
  5. Increase knowledge of effects of creativity on older adults in relation to positive decision making and patient self management.

Partners

  • Cultural Resources, Inc.and the Maine Arts Commission
  • “Two Times Ten” is supported through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Co-sponsorship provided by:-
  • Cary Medical Center & Aroostook Agency on the Aging (Year 4)
  • Lincoln County Healthcare, Damariscotta (Year 3)
  • St Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, Lewiston (Year 2)
  • Funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources
  • and Services Administration HRSA Grant #UB4HP19207

Presenters Year Four -  held at the Caribou Inn & Convention Center, Caribou, Maine

  • Studio 1:  3/26/2014 : Tom Cote, an Acadian woodcarver and his granddaughter Ellyzabeth Bencivenga, explain the craft and the role it plays in their lives.
  • Studio 2:  4/30/2014: Molly Neptune Parker, Master Passamaquoddy Basket Maker, and her apprentice demonstrate their basketmaking craft.
  • Studio 3:  5/28/2014: Edmond & Brian Theriault, (father and son), demonstrate the snow shoe making tradition that started centuries ago with Native Americans.
  • Studio 4:  6/25/2014: Charles Stewart, Roger Darmboise & Don Levesque, are the "Les Chanteurs Acadiens" who celebrate Acadian culture through song and stories.

Presenters Year Three - held at Lincoln County Healthcare, Damariscotta

  • Studio 1: held on 3/6/2013: Molly Neptune Parker, Master Passamaquoddy Basket Maker, and her grandson George Parker demonstrate their basketmaking craft.
  • Studio 2: held on 3/27/2013: Tom Cote, an Acadian woodcarver and his granddaughter Ellyzabeth Bencivenga, explain the craft and it role it plays in their lives.
  • Studio 3: held on 4/24/2013: Bill Mackowski, Maine guide, bush pilot, pack and creel basket maker, demonstrate and talk about the art of snow shoe making.
  • Studio 4: held on 5/29/2013:  Sandy Davis, banjo player, penny whistle, and wooden flute player, demonstrate and talk about the role music plays in his life.

Presenters Year Two - held at St Mary's d'Youvuille Pavilion, Lewiston

  • Studio 1: held on 2/9/2012: Molly Neptune Parker, Master Passamaquoddy Basket Maker, and her grandson George Parker demonstrate their basketmaking craft.
  • Studio 2: held on 3/8/2012: Tom Cote, an Acadian woodcarver and his granddaughter Ellyzabeth Bencivenga, explain the craft and its role it plays in their lives.
  • Studio 3: held on 4/12/2012:  John Connors and Dave Wylie, talk about the history and life of traditional bateaux boats (logging boats).
  • Studio 4: held on 5/10/2012: Helen Sylvain, Irene Mercier and accordion player Irene Coady, sing and perform traditional New England and French Canadian songs.

Presenters Year One - held on the University of New England Campus

  • Studio 1: held on 12/9/2010:  Molly Neptune Parker, Master Passamaquoddy Basket Maker, and her grandson George Parker demonstrate their basketmaking craft.  Click here to view the presentation.
  • Studio 2:  held on 2/22/2011: Tom Cote and his granddaughter Ellyzabeth Bencivenga come from a long line of Acadian woodcarvers. They explain the craft and its role in their lives.  Click here to view the presentation.
  • Studio 3: held on 3/22/2011: John Connors and Dave Wylie build traditional bateaux (logging boats). They talk about the history of these boats and life as a log run worker on Maine’s rivers.  Click here to view the presentation. 
  • Studio 4: held on 4/19/2011:  Singing sisters, Helene Sylvain and Irene Mercier, and accordion player Irene Coady, perform traditional New England and French Canadian songs.  Click here to view the presentation.

Resources

  • Pilgrimage to the Heart is poetic variations of Etty Hillesium's journal and letters, "The Thinking Heart" a love story of a woman who moves through romantic love to a deeper more inclusive one and who refuses to allow her love of life to be diminished by the oppression of which she was subjected.
  • B.O.A.T.I.N.G: A compelling theatrical voyage through the often stormy seas of terminal illness.”