Category Archives: Foundation

New York Times Article on Ageing and Creativity

Nice NYT article on Ageing and Creativity.

It starts with research that shows how young minds are much more imaginative, but older folks are more traditional and limited when asked to explain things.

Buit, how about this:

But there was a different pattern when it came to the social problems. Once again the preschoolers were more likely to give the creative explanation than were the 6-year-olds or adults. Now, however, the teenagers were the most creative group of all. They were more likely to choose the unusual explanation than were either the 6-year-olds or the adults.

At least an argument for multi-generational input!

The explanation offered might help us think our way into a new vision of ageing:

The answer: Childhood and adolescence may, at least in part, be designed to resolve the tension between exploration and exploitation. Those periods of our life give us time to explore before we have to face the stern and earnest realities of grown-up life. Teenagers may no longer care all that much about how the physical world works. But they care a lot about exploring all the ways that the social world can be organized. And that may help each new generation change the world.

I like to think that, at our best, we are often just like teenagers, precisely because we are no longer responsible for everything.  We can dream and imagine — but with the benefit of a lifetimes of learning, including our mistakes and unfulfilled dreams.  So, as we move our community into a broader outreach and learning mode, maybe we are more ready than we realize.  All we need is the practical support.

Any ideas for how to do the research to explore this?  In our strategic plan?

Collington Foundation Fundraising Dinner Photos

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Here are a few of the many attendees at the Collington Foundation extravaganza on May 19. The photographer apologizes profusely to all whose pictures were either not taken, or for whom the photo did not come out good enough to share.

Congratulations to the Foundation organizers and board for putting on such a successful and enjoyable evening. And thanks to the artists whose work allowed the Foundation to add over $4000 to its scholarship fund.

 

Showcasing Collington Artists and a Silent Auction Opportunity

We have some very special artists  here at Collington, and a silent auction now taking place in the corridor outside the auditorium provides an opportunity for residents to acquire a piece while benefiting the Collington Employee Scholarship Fund.  Here are some photos of the works available, showing how they appear in the impressive display.  There is detailed information about each artist for browsing.

The bidding will continue until 6PM on Tuesday, May 19.  Just put your name and bid on the sheet for the particular work of art.  And, keep an eye out as new bids appear.