Lifetime Arts connects the people, funding, ideas and strategies necessary to increase the number and quality of professional arts programs for older adults. 

Lifetime Arts offers a variety of consulting and programming services, customized to meet the needs and budgets of organizations of any size. 



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Foster a Creative, Social Community to Help Older Adults Thrive

While creative expression is the main thing that people think about when they consider creative aging, the social engagement aspects of this type of programming are right up there in terms of what makes these arts workshops so gratifying for participants. Lifetime Arts presents a webinar on this topic as part of their partnership with the engAGED National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults offered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Learn how one retired college professor characterized his experiences signing up for, and then getting “addicted” to creative aging workshop series he attended in Tennessee. Also highlighted are best practices in SAFE program planning — a model that ensures that teaching artists are designing curricula that encourages open sharing and fosters great relationships among participants.

Power and Impact of Creative Aging Programs: Conversations with GIA

Creative aging programs provide older adults with a renewed sense of purpose, improved wellbeing and connection but aging services have been slow to embrace them. Since 2016, Aroha has seeded Vitality Arts programs in 50 nonprofit organizations working in three learning cohorts across the United States.

Aroha’s partner, Lifetime Arts, provides intensive training and technical assistance to grantees, and Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry developed an evaluation protocol. Speakers: Teresa Bonner, Executive Director, Aroha Philanthropies; Maura O’Malley, CEO and Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts.


Lifetime Arts Featured in Inaugural Creative Aging Track at National Guild Conference

November 13, 2019

 To meet the growing demand for Creative Aging programming across the U.S., for the first time ever, the National Guild for Community Arts Education introduced… Read more

Catalyzing Creativity 2019-2020 Cohort

2019-2020 Catalyzing Creative Aging Cohort Announced

October 21, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 22, 2019 Arts education programs designed to engage the vitality of older adults New York, NY—Twenty nonprofit arts education organizations from 13… Read more

Thern Anderson leads the Movement and Writing session.

50 More Minnesota Artists Trained in Creative Aging Program Model

August 7, 2019

On July 29 and 30, Aroha Philanthropies and the Minnesota State Arts Board offered the third in a series of Creative Aging trainings for teaching… Read more


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City of Boston Announces New Creative Aging Program

October 11, 2019

Arts programming throughout the City to be tailored to older adults BOSTON – Friday, October 11, 2019 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh along with the… Read more

Bomba Dance Workshop, Casita Maria, Bronx, NY (National Guild)

Catalyzing Creative Aging 2019-2020 Applications Now Open

June 27, 2019

  Our population of adults over age 55 in the U.S. is rapidly growing, and research shows that participatory arts education programs for older adults… Read more

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Innovative “School of Drag” Event Mixes Generations and Gender Performance

May 29, 2019

“We compartmentalize our community, and particularly when it comes to age, this begins early on in our lives. We are missing huge opportunities for intergenerational… Read more


Where Do I Belong: Finding the Right Place to Retire and Create

September 24, 2019

I’ve never lived more than thirteen miles away from Yankee Stadium.  As I enter my “third act” I’m feeling psychologically ready to retire, which impels… Read more

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A Tug of WAR: Work, Aging and Retirement

July 22, 2019

An article by Jill Smolowe in Next Avenue posed the question: “Do we slow down because we retire? Or do we retire because we slow… Read more

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Wired for It: How Music Making Benefits the Older Adult Mind

June 19, 2019

In Next Avenue‘s most recent Vitality Arts Report, I came across an article championing the benefits of music making to older adults. To anyone who… Read more


Debra Pasquerette

October 1, 2019

Debra Pasquerette, teaching artist and Manager of Community Engagement at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA, has worked with… Read more

Robin Bady

June 11, 2019

Lifetime Arts’ Roster Teaching Artist and award winning storyteller, Robin Bady, has been teaching theatre, writing and storytelling for as long as she can remember. Her… Read more

Lisa Spraragen

February 8, 2019

A graduate of Brown University with a Master’s in Music Performance from NYU, Lifetime Arts Roster teaching artist, Lisa Spraragen is a classical and flamenco guitarist… Read more


Lifetime Arts Welcomes Office Manager and Project Coordinator

November 18, 2019

Lifetime Arts is thrilled to welcome Seungil Shawn Choi as Office Manager and David Woehr as Project Coordinator. Shawn assists us in the management of our organization’s expanding… Read more

NASAA Leadership Institute Features Creative Aging Experts

September 23, 2019

On September 18-20, Aroha Philanthropies and Lifetime Arts presented, “Collaborations in Creative Aging,” at National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ 2019 Leadership Institute, hosted by Rhode Island State Council… Read more

Lifetime Arts Trainer Selected to Join the 2019 Creative Community Fellows Cohort

September 19, 2019

Lifetime Arts Trainer, Vinny Mraz, has been selected to join the fifth international cohort of National Arts Strategies (NAS) 2019 Creative Community Fellows for his crucial… Read more