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New National Survey on Teaching Artists and Creative Aging

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Mar 16, 2016

Lifetime Arts (New Rochelle, NY), with support from Aroha Philanthropies and the National Guild, has released the first ever national teaching artist survey on Creative Aging. The survey will help the field gain a deeper understanding of training and resources needed by teaching artists, overall interest in working with older adults, and areas of focus for further inquiry.

Lifetime Arts developed the survey concept during the Teaching Artist Development track at the 2015 Guild Conference. Alongside eight distinct working groups that were launched at the conference (check out Eric Booth's GuildNotes article on the TA Development track for more info), the Creative Aging Survey Project working group commited to gathering data related to future training, program development, and funding needs in the growing field of creative aging.

Creative Aging has the potential to strengthen and expand arts programming for older adults (55+) and provide exciting employment opportunities for teaching artists. Whether independent contractors, or employees of arts organizations, teaching artists (TA's) are being asked to design and deliver programs that address the potential for creativity, learning and social engagement to improve the quality of life for older adults.

  • But what do TA's know about this work?
  • What kind of professional development (PD) is available to prepare TA's to do this work?
  • Who hires teaching artists to work with older adults?


Fill out the survey to help gather information and inform the future of teaching artist development.

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