- Published: March 2009
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Artstories. Edition No. 1
- Published: July 2008
- Region: Global
- 216 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
The decline of extended family networks that resulted in the
generation gap has given rise to concerns regarding the social and
moral education of children, the isolation of older adults and an
increase in negative stereotypes and attitudes about the aged and
aging. In an effort to address these concerns, government and
community service organizations established intergenerational
service learning programs that seek to connect youth with older
adults through educational and creative activities that benefit each
This book examines the nature of the learning and social
relationships that evolved among three generations of women and
girls previously unknown to one another, working together on a
collaborative narrative based in their lived experiences. Artstories©
is an age-integrated arts learning program designed to emulate the
creative learning environment of extended family networks, foster
social and moral learning and development, arts learning, cultural
and racial harmony, and a sense of community.
Educators, artists, arts administrators and museum
professionals interested in developing age-integrated community
arts programs should find the ideas here beneficial.
Pamela Harris Lawton.
Dr. Lawton, an artist,educator and researcher, coordinates the art education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She
holds a BA degree in Studio Art and Sociology from the University of Virginia, an MFA in Printmaking
from Howard University and an Ed.D. in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.