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  • Flying High!

    jeanne_serenade_2012I feel like a rock star!  Within minutes of posting the press release about our MetLife Foundation and National Guild for Community Arts Education Award, emails from around the country started pouring in.  Incredible!  It was fabulous to hear from longtime friends like Barbara Wing and Connie Frigo.  I am on cloud nine.  Encore is exploding with energy.  The singers are so proud and supportive.  I never in my wildest dreams imagined what Encore would become.  And the work is only starting.  We are on the brink of major growth.  All this could not be possible without our fabulous singers and partners and of course my partner who is at my side constantly, my husband Larry.  Without him, I would be lost.  

    There is so much to do……., but with the help of my board which we continue to build, and my singers and partners, Encore will flourish.   Within five years, I would love to have many Affiliate Encore Chorales around the country.  All older adults deserve excellent arts education and that is our mission.

    I just returned from a wonderful “Singing at Sea Yoyage” on the Serenade of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean.   Ahhhhhhhh     Warm temperatures and beautiful blue water.  One of my favorite things was to be up at 6am to watch the ship pull into another exotic port.  There were only a handful of folks up at that time.  I would get a cup of coffee and sit on the aft deck of the ship and enjoy the solitude and beauty.  How they bring those ships in to such small spaces is truly amazing.  I freak out bringing Cantabile into a slip and I am not even driving!  Larry does the driving when it's time to dock the boat.   I just worry about scratching the pretty navy blue hull. 

    The Buffleheads are back.   Such cute little ducks.   They dive deep, stay down for about 20 seconds and then pop back up.   I watch them and wish I was out there playing with them.

    Gotta get crackin'.   Much to do on the computer before I leave to conduct Myerberg and then Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo.   Thursdays are long days.  But always fun.

    And………I have to write more grants!

  • Encore Awarded MetLife Foundation Grant

    guild_logo_colorEncore Creativity for Older Adults is excited to announce we have been selected as a recipient of a grant under the Metlife Foundation Creative Aging Foundation.  The MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program was funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Encore will use the grant to fund expansion outside of the MD/DC/VA area.  Read the full announcement by the MetLife Foundation and Naional Guild for Community Arts Education below:

    MetLife Foundation and National Guild Award $90,000 in Grants to Nine Creative Aging Programs

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    Arts education program to improve well-being of older adults

    New York, NY---MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education have announced the grant recipients of the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. Technical assistance and grants totaling more than $90,000 have been awarded to nine nonprofit arts education organizations that will deepen and expand professionally-led arts education programs for older adults. Each of the grantees has demonstrated the capacity to develop programs that can increase participants’ social engagement as well as mastery of one or more art forms.

    Grants were awarded to the following National Guild member organizations:

    Click here for a description of each program.

    The National Endowment for the Arts’ Creativity and Aging Study shows that professionally-led arts education programs can have extremely positive effects on the general and mental health of older adults. Older adults who participated in programs supported by the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program in 2009 experienced a statistically significant improvement in their moods, reinforcing the findings in the National Endowment for the Arts study. A report (PDF) detailing the results of the Creative Aging Program is available online.