Creative Innovation & Art Bloom with “I Won’t Grow Up Project”

Louisville, Ky. – November 17, 2018 – This week nationally renowned artists are in residency at Signature HealthCARE locations across Kentucky as part of the Peter Pan inspired, I Won’t Grow Up Project.

“Opening ourselves up to imagination brings magic to life, and that’s powerful in aging care. This project, just like a good art installation or production, involves everyone, our elders, stakeholders, volunteers, families, community partners and more,” said, Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCARE and International Board Member of the Eden Alternative Registry.

Elders at Signature HealthCARE of Hart County imagined a box of treasured thoughts spreading positive thoughts and words of wisdom. They were inspired by the treasure in Peter Pan’s Neverland to invent a one-of-a-kind art installation.

Inspired by Peter Pan’s travels to Neverland, Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall hosted an around the world event where elders sampled delectable food from wish list travel destinations from Greece and Jamaica to China and South Africa.

Morgantown Care and Rehabilitation Center elders are putting imagination to work through their individual life stories and creating Wish Jar Necklaces with each elder’s wish and Tinkerbell-inspired pixie dust inside.

Elders at Signature HealthCARE at Jackson Manor are inspired by the fairies in Peter Pan. Jackson Manor elders have painted and created colorful fairy houses, herbs and solar butterfly lights with accompanying stories guiding fairies back home again.

The ”I Won’t Grow Up” Project artists include: Kevin Iega Jeff, Chicago based critically acclaimed and award-winning dancer and choreographer; Jeff Becker, New Orleans based renowned director, designer, and sculptor; Cheyenne Mize, Louisville native, musician and music therapist; Bobby Martin, Kentucky native, theater/film artist, cultural organizer, facilitator and teaching artist; Andee Rudloff, Kentucky native, artist and muralist; Nicole Garneau, performance artist, educator and healing practitioner; and Dominic Campbell, co-founder of Creative Ageing International.

The I Won’t Grow Up Project is a partnership between Signature HealthCARE and TimeSlips. It is funded by a Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Grant through the Kentucky Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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