In 2007 the College inaugurated the Linden Center for Creativity and Aging, which is housed in and administered by the Gerontology Institute of the School of Humanities and Sciences. The idea for the Linden Center began when College alumni Judi and Jay Linden recognized the need to better understand the links between aging and creativity and the opportunities aging presents for all persons and institutions in society.
The Center’s initial projects centered around curriculum development, creative expression, model programs, student internships, and public education on creativity. These efforts were bolstered by the Institute’s award of a $150,000 grant from the New York State Music Fund, which, along with the Center’s start-up gift from the Lindens, funded over 100 campus and community creative activities.
The Linden Center’s current focus is the continuation of the Enduring Masters, a program series that started with the New York State Music Fund grant and that features musicians, composers, and other artists, performing and reflecting on aging and their art. The Ithaca College School of Music is an important partner in presenting this series.
The Gerontology Institute welcomes new partnerships and collaborations around creativity and aging. If you would like to discuss a potential project, please contact the Institute’s director, Rhoda Meador.