In the new year, we celebrate identity. Our third age is characterized as a period of reflection, synthesis and exploration of self. Join us to examine how identity is shaped by community, how our sense of self changes, yet stays the same over the course of a lifetime, and ultimately, celebrate the many ways we make meaning out of life’s tragedies, joys, and mundane moments. Through creative demos, interactive experiences, and interviews, we invite you to discover new understandings of what it means to be you.
Covia’s mission is to promote and cultivate healthy communities for positive aging through an innovative continuum that actively supports the whole person. Covia believes aging should be a positive experience. They strive to support well-being every step of the way. As an organization, Covia helps seniors get the most out of life wherever they live, in a way that reflects individuality and choice.
Creative Aging Symposium Speakers
Founder of EngAGE, Tim Carpenter envisioned a society with transformative opportunities for older adults—spaces filled with enthusiasm and beauty, with creative programs and multi-generational housing. Tim’s pioneering efforts garner multiple leadership awards, including the prestigious Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation. You can find his enlightening conversations with leading thinkers at his Experience Talks podcast.
Born and raised in the Caribbean island nation of Curaçao, Gabri Christa is a member of a crossroads culture. Gabri ‘s mission is to transform the understanding of humanity through the arts. Her multi-disciplinary and wide-ranging work expresses the politics and poetics of interchanging races, rhythms, and histories through film, choreography, performance, curation, writing, and more.
Renee Jones is a photography instructor, artistic director, and gallery director. Self-taught since childhood, Renee honed her skills through photography workshops in San Francisco when she became homeless in 1995. Her passion lies with black and white photography, where her street photos capture the essence of humanity through movement, joy, suffering, and humor. Always learning, Renee has recently been exploring themes of pain, healing, and identity through poetry.
Born in Brooklyn to Panamanian parents, Gregory Pond has written 4 books of poetry, aftermoon – Blackened Blue – 4:00 a.m. (DARK) – 4:00 a.m. (LIGHT). Gregory is a member of Revolutionary Poets Brigade and volunteers as facilitator of Poetically Speaking, a weekly conference-call program for seniors offered by Covia Well Connected. His literary influences include Langston Hughes, e.e. cummings, and Gwendolyn Brooks. He currently lives in San Francisco.
Wheel of Joy
Facilitated by Creative Spark, a Covia Community Service, Wheel of Joy is an interactive experience designed to deepen our understanding of what brings us joy and how we sustain those meaningful moments in the midst of extraordinary changes and hardship. Creative Spark, generates inspiring and energizing direction for aging service professionals, fostering new programs, elevating current ones, and ultimately, creating lives better lived.