The AARP has begun to do creative placemaking through its Livable Communities initiative, and we interviewed a New Jersey chapter leader who  innovated a Facebook live series as a way to connect the community during the pandemic. The series engaged New Jersey musicians and a local music historian to entertain, engage, and educate the public about research findings on the positive correlation between music making and listening and brain health. Listen in on this conversation with Christine Newman-Young, Director of Outreach at the AARP-New Jersey chapter and creator of the Melodies of the Garden State series, which was webcast in September and October of 2020. The chat was part of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking's Community Coffee Talk series recorded September 24, 2020. 

Host: Andrea Orlando  lives, records, and writes from her home in New Jersey. Contact her at


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