Participants discuss their visual art work during a workshop held at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center in Raleigh, NC. This program, offered by Pullen Arts Center, was made possible through Catalyzing Creative Aging, a partnership of Aroha Philanthropies, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Lifetime Arts. Credit: Teresa Moore Photography

WE WORK AT THE SYSTEM LEVEL

Lifetime Arts connects the people, funding, ideas and strategies necessary to increase the number and quality of arts education programs for older adults. Through a variety of services and initiatives, we provide practical support and resources to individuals and organizations that serve older adults or should serve them.  Lifetime Arts provides technical assistance, professional development, training and information services to support the design, funding and implementation of creative aging programs nationwide.

Creative aging workshops are anti-ageist, non-discriminatory, and succeed in enriching the lives of older adults because they are designed by professional teaching artists, include intentional social engagement and focus on building art-making skills over time.

Lifetime Arts is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate. We are doing the work to take our long-held anti-racist beliefs and turn them into intentional actions that impact our work and the way we run our organization.

BROWSE CURRENT INITIATIVES

State Arts Agencies

Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging

As part of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ (NASAA) Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging initiative supported by Aroha Philanthropies, NASAA has awarded $1,457,000 in grant funding to state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the country to grow their creative aging programs, practices and partnerships. NASAA and Aroha named Lifetime Arts as the recommended capacity-building partner for this national initiative. Nineteen (19) of the 36 state arts agencies included consulting, professional development, and program implementation services from Lifetime Arts in their proposals. 

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Cross-sector State Partnerships in Wyoming

Creative Aging in Wyoming Public Libraries

Creative Aging in Wyoming Public Libraries will implement a proven approach to older adult services and contribute to a statewide shift that places participatory arts at the core of senior programming. Wyoming has a total of 23 regional systems that support a total of 23 county libraries throughout the State which will serve as the main conduit for the training and as the program hosts. Lifetime Arts designed this initiative and trained teaching artists and librarians working in the state. We will also provide coaching and technical support for the resulting programming. 

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Cross-sector State Partnerships in New York

New York State Creative Aging Initiative

Created by a new partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Office for the Aging, the Creative Aging Initiative takes an innovative, evidence-based approach to healthy aging, underscoring New York’s leadership as the first age-friendly state in the nation. This initiative will be administered by Lifetime Arts who will train up to 25 staff members from seven area agencies on aging, plus 75 New York-based teaching artists, and provide implementation support and coaching for funded programming. 

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Library Systems

Brooklyn Digital: Connecting Through Creative Aging

Brooklyn Digital: Connecting through Creative Aging is an innovative partnership between Brooklyn Public Library and Lifetime Arts. This 18-month project, with up to 40 programs running between July 2021-July 2022, will advance arts education for older adults throughout Brooklyn in collaboration with local library branches. Programming will be open to all older adults, and will be promoted to NYCHA residents in that demographic. This initiative, made possible through support from The New York Community Trust, will expand the reach and impact of public library services and their community arts partners to an aging, underserved, and growing population.

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OUR MISSION

Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults. Our approach rejects outdated stereotypes that define older people as needy, incapable or frail. While we partner with and advocate for creative aging initiatives that serve all older adults (55+), our work focuses on serving independent adults interested in exploring creative expression in a social group setting. Our mission has 3 main components:

1. Encourage creative aging by promoting the inclusion of arts education programs in organizations that serve older adults

2. Prepare teaching artists to develop the creative capacity of older adult learners

3. Foster lifelong learning in and through the arts by increasing opportunities for participation in community based programming

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

We offer a variety of consulting and programming services, customized to meet the needs and budgets of organizations of any size. Contact us to set up a conversation about your organization’s goals to keep older adults socially-engaged, intellectually-stimulated, and connected through arts education.

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NEWS & UPDATES

ACCESS HUNDREDS OF CREATIVE AGING RESOURCES

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A Dedicated Space on the Web for an Emerging Field

Lifetime Arts’ The Creative Aging Resource website is a free info hub populated with hand-curated resources covering creative aging research, media coverage, case studies, organizational and expert profiles. We launched this site for the benefit of community educators, programmers, teaching artists, decision-makers, and funders entering or working in the field. This project is made possible through generous and continuous support from Aroha Philanthropies and The New York State Council on the Arts, and The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

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Point of View: Why Creative Aging? It’s More Than Personal—It’s Societal.

Our latest spotlight post (pictured above) features an article written by Lifetime Arts CEO and Co-founder, Maura O’Malley and published by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In the article, Maura shares how navigating the senior care system for her creative aunt in her eighties expanded her interest in educational arts programming for older adults, how Lifetime Arts’ approach has continued these efforts decades later, and how museums can impact their communities through creative aging programs. 

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