Art Cart: Saving the Legacy
Art Cart: Saving the Legacy - A Feasibility Study for a National Model of Health Promotion and Wellness Among Older Adults administered eight measurements in social inclusion, morale, productivity, and safe functioning in a studio setting in New York City and Washington, DC. Research participants were 62 years old or over, with a mean age of 78. Nineteen older artists participated in the Art Cart: Saving the Legacy project documenting their work, while the control group consisted of 16 older adult artists who did not participate in the Art Cart programme. Results comparing Art Cart participants to general population surveys (National Long Term Care Survey) showed that at baseline, Art Cart participants reported statistically significant better physical capacity compared to older respondents. Sixty percent do volunteer work (twice the percentage of general population). None presented symptoms of depression, compared to 11% to 16% range of people with clinically relevant depressive symptoms reported in the 2008 Health Retirement Study.
Art Cart: Saving the Legacy is an inter-generational, interdisciplinary project that matches aging professional artists with teams of advanced students in the arts, health and aging to help document their work and save national legacy. In addition to the health findings, a programme evaluation revealed the importance of the core issues of identity and self-esteem, life review, the ability to learn new tasks, and the fact that the artists are now in a better position to produce their art, market it, donate and sell it, apply for grants and protect their legacies by arranging for wills and estate plans. The original research was funded by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the data analysis and dissemination report was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For the full study please go to www.creativeaging.org/rcac or the NEA webpage, arts.gov/artistic-fields/research-analysis/research-art-works-grants-final-papers
For more information please contact: Will Penrose, Research Consultant, The Research Center for Arts and Culture; artsandcultureresearch.org/