Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
This live event will not be recorded.
Chair: Laura Marcus Green (South Carolina Arts Commission)
“It’s your quilting time:” Advancing Creativity as We Age
Amy E. Skillman (Goucher College)
Creative Aging and Sweetgrass Basket Makers in South Carolina
Minuette Floyd (University of South Carolina)
Preserving Iu-Mien Refugee Ritual and Literacy Traditions
Jeffery L. MacDonald (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, retired)
Circles in the Squares: Memory and Creativity Across Generations, Cultures, and Sectors
Laura Marcus Green (South Carolina Arts Commission)
open discussion time
“We grow in value as we age.” So says comedian Margaret Cho. Our later years are often considered a time of loss, decline, and disconnection. While these phenomena factor into many people’s experience, aging may bring a season of evolving, maturation, and new perspectives. Our cultural roots, creativity, and learned skills accompany us on our pathway through life, sometimes a continuous thread, or perhaps a return or discovery later in life. Presenting examples from diverse communities, this panel draws upon field research, auto-ethnography, and community-based public folklore to explore creativity and cultural connection as resources for navigating our later years.