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Accepting Applications for 2013 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program

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Nov 08, 2012

The National Guild has received a $175,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to continue the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. The national initiative—now in its fifth year— provides training, technical assistance and grants of up to $12,500 to catalyze the development of high quality arts education programs for older adults. The National Endowment for the Arts’ Creativity and Aging Study indicates that such programs can have strikingly positive effects on the general and mental health of the aging population.

Application guidelines and program details are available in the program section of the website.The application deadline is 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

An orientation webinar for prospective applicants has been scheduled for 1:00PM EST/10:00AM PST on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. The call is optional and there is no charge to participate. To register, go to The webinar will be posted to the Guild website by Friday, November 30, 2012.

"MetLife Foundation is committed to making quality arts education accessible for all people," stated Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation." As the only national program of its kind, the Creative Aging Program not only makes possible programs that can improve older adults’ health and quality of life, it also supports the dissemination of effective practices so that such programs can be established and sustained in communities across the country.”

The goals of MetLife Foundation’s Creative Aging Program (CAP) 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.

"Through MetLife Foundation’s increased support for the Creative Aging Program, we will enhance the capacity of nonprofit arts education organizations to develop and sustain successful creative aging programs, and deepen our ability to document and share effective practices,  modeled by grantees,  with the field,” said Jonathan Herman, executive director of the National Guild.


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