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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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