The History of Aging Artfully

In 2007 Jim Corcoran became aware of several retirement communities that function as artists colonies on the national scene. Jim visited the wonderful ‘Burbank Senior Artists Colony‘ in December 2008. After his visit Jim was convinced that a community dedicated to creative aging should become a reality in Portland.

In 2008, Jim partnered with Gary Marschke & eventually Mary Bedard. They formed an ‘Executive Team’ that meets weekly, working to realize the Aging Artfully Initiative.

Executive Team

Jim Corcoran, Founder

As a construction company owner and field technician Jim still found time to revel in his love of Jazz.

Jim is a ‘Jazz Missionary’ who founded the Willamette Jazz Society (2001) in Eugene. In 2004, Jim founded New Land Jazz LLC.

New Land Jazz sustained Jazz and the arts with professional development services and resources for jazz musicians: it presented a yearly Student Spotlight Concert with the highlight (aside from the performances) being the New Land Jazz Student Leadership Award. 2009 was the Fifth and final year the scholarship was awarded.

NLJ recognized leadership among the advanced jazz educators from the Portland Area through the New Land Jazz Superstars of Jazz Education. In 2010 Jim decided to concentrate all his efforts in this new initiative.

Jim has discovered a passion for elders in the Arts and continues his vision for the creative process with the Aging Artfully Initiative..

Jim can be contacted at: jim@agingartfully.org

Gary Marschke

A natural in Sales and Marketing, Gary’s philanthropic tendencies are nurtured by his commitment to Portland. His years of volunteer service benefits many Portland, Oregon community and neighborhood groups. Gary is a generous donor of energy in his adopted projects. AAI contributes to Gary’s vision by supporting art and elders in our community.

Gary can be contacted at: gary@agingartfully.org

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