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Lifetime Arts Launches Creative Aging in Libraries Program & Toolkit

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Oct 03, 2011
New York, NY
NYM

Lifetime Arts, Inc. and the Westchester Library System (WLS), in partnership with American Library Association Public Programs Office (ALA), announced on Monday, October 3, their receipt of a $450,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This two-year program, Creative Aging in New York State Public Libraries: A Regional Model with National Applicability, builds on Lifetime Arts' work with WLS and other public library systems over the last three years. It will demonstrate a new and robust model for public libraries to deliver and sustain meaningful instructional arts programs for an aging population.
 
The initiative will serve up to 1,000 older adults through instructional arts programs in up to 60 libraries in four demographically diverse public library systems. Lifetime Arts will provide extensive technical assistance and professional development for participating librarians and artists.  The project will promote program sustainability through the publication of The Creative Aging Tool Kit for Public Libraries, an online guide to be disseminated nationally by ALA's Public Programs Office.  The free tool kit will provide practical guidance on program implementation, partnership development,  as well as funding and sustainability strategies libraries can use to support arts programming. By demonstrating approaches for implementing creative aging programs in urban, suburban, and rural library systems, this project will provide replicable models for libraries across the United States.  

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