Professor Joan Jeffri and the RCAC to join the National Center for Creative Aging ☆

6/13/11 Professor Joan Jeffri and the center she created, the The Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC), will depart from Teachers College this September.  The RCAC will join the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, D.C., where Jeffri will continue at its helm. The degree program in Arts Administration, which Jeffri also directs, will continue to operate at TC under new leadership.

A part of the Columbia community since 1975, Jeffri founded the RCAC in 1985 to provide data and information in service of artists and the arts. Recent RCAC studies have focused on aging artists; from this work a project emerged, “Art Cart: Saving the Legacy,” which brought together students across disciplines to help older New York City visual artists catalogue their work.  This project will be offered again at both TC and Columbia during the 2012-13 academic year.  RCAC will also offer ”Art Cart” in Washington with a consortium of other colleges and universities.

“Joan Jeffri has been an innovative leader in reframing how we think about the arts and the human life cycle,” observed Thomas James, Provost of Teachers College, Columbia University.  “She and the center she created have carried to new heights our sense of potential for the power of creativity in opening new pathways for human development as our population ages, and I am delighted that this work can be lifted to a national platform with the center’s move.”

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