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Dec 16

“Artists Blaze the Way into Creative Old Age” #artistmuse #productiveaging #hooraysrs

If the above title piques your curiosity, then please head on over to https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/ and read Barbara MacRobie’s superb story on the extraordinary talented seniors here in Missouri. Sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer, painter Don Rayburn, ballet teacher Alexandra Zaharias, fiddler Cliff Bryan, and tap dancer Billie Mahoney serve as role models for all of us, no matter what our chronological age.

As MacRobie states,

“A noble age…an evocative way to describe a time that, as artists powerfully demonstrate, can be full of
growth and life. More and more of us are entering that time. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011 there were
about 40 million Americans age 65 and older. By 2019, there will be 50 million. By 2050, nearly 80 million.
As the population burgeons, arts organizations across the U.S. and in Missouri are responding. The
Missouri Arts Council is working closely with the National Center for Creative Aging to build a network of
Missouri organizations and artists offering programs that encourage older people to be actively creative.
Organizations such as Kansas City Senior Theatre and Artfully Aging conduct arts programs in community
settings. Organizations such as Studio 55 and Maturity and Its Muse provide education, social hubs, and
exhibit opportunities for elder artists from longtime professionals to those just embarking on their quest.”

Yes, it’s an inspiring story and how pleased I am that we were included! Thank you, Barbara, for the inclusion and enlightening us to the senior talents that abound.

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