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MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program Grantees Announced

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Mar 13, 2013

MetLife Foundation and the National Guild have announced the recipients of the 2013 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program Grants. Grants totaling more than $125,000 have been awarded to eleven nonprofit arts education organizations that will deepen and expand professionally-led arts education programs for older adults:

Each grantee has demonstrated the capacity to develop programs that can increase older adults’ social engagement and mastery of one or more art forms. Each will provide sustained, sequential arts instruction to at least 25 older adults throughout 2013. Three grantees will receive supplemental funding of up to $2,000 to underwrite their participation in a project to document and disseminate the promising practices they employ.

Click here for a description of each program. 

The National Endowment for the Arts’ landmark Creativity and Aging Study showed that professionally-led arts education programs can have positive effects on the general and mental health of older adults. Older adults who participated in programs supported by the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program also experienced a statistically significant improvement in their moods, reinforcing the findings in the National Endowment for the Arts study. A report (PDF) detailing the results of the Creative Aging Program is available online.

"Making quality arts programs accessible to people of all ages is important," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation.  "We are pleased with the success of the Creative Aging Program and the positive impact it has made on the lives of older Americans."

"Through the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program, we will continue to enhance our members' capacity to develop, evaluate, and sustain successful creative aging programs, and share what they learn with the field," said Jonathan Herman, executive director of the National Guild.

The goals of the Creative Aging Program are to:

  1. increase the capacity of nonprofit community arts education providers to serve older adults;
  2. expand and/or deepen existing creative aging programs of high quality; and
  3. identify exemplary creative aging programs as models for the field.

In addition to funding the Creative Aging Program will provide technical assistance and training via a series of webinars, telephone consultations, and workshops.

The Creative Aging Program was initiated in 2009 by MetLife Foundation and the National Guild in response to the rapid population growth of Americans aged 60+, as well as the research demonstrating the health benefits generated by professionally-led, participatory arts programs for older adults. The program is part of the National Guild's multi-year Creative Aging Initiative, which, in partnership with the National Center for Creative Aging and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, published Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit in English and Spanish ( and which also produces training institutes for community arts education leaders. For more information on the Guild's Creative Aging Initiative, click here, or call (212) 268-3337 ext. 18.

Photo Credit: KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis, MN

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