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Title: Building Intergenerational Bonds Through the Arts

Author (s):  Renya Larson

Abstract:  In this article, the author examines how intergenerational arts programs can be used to build and strengthen intergenerational bonds and build community—while helping older people to pass on culture. The author discusses the reasons for intergenerational arts programs, provides a sampling of outstanding programs and looks at ways youth serve elders, older and younger people serve together, and elders serve youth. For example, an older and a younger resident of a housing coop in New York work on a mural celebrating public housing.

Category: Arts/Oral History/Culture

Keywords: intergenerational programming, older adults, engagement, arts, community building, civic engagement, collaboration, creative arts, cross-age interaction, service learning

Reference: Larson, R. (2006). Building Intergenerational Bonds Through the Arts. Generations; 30(1): 38.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://generations.metapress.com/content/a88238754l061733/

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