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Lifetime Arts Featured in NPR Story on Creative Aging in Libraries

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Jul 07, 2017

A recent NPR story, which cites the working of Lifetime Arts (New Rochelle, NY) detailed the increasing role that libraries are playing in supporting creative aging programs. Noting that the Macon Branch Library in Brooklyn provides and Xbox bowling league and numerous other programs for older adults, the article observes that these types of initiatives “are a small part of efforts in Brooklyn and other cities to expand offerings for older adults at libraries.”

According to NPR, “Arts courses for older adults have also expanded. And participation is up by more than 50 percent since last year, maybe because of the wide array of options, from watercolor painting to salsa dancing to story-telling.”

Focusing on a memoir writing class at Brooklyn Central Library, the article notes that the students are not experience writers, and many have only recently learned to write in the library’s adult literacy classes. But they nevertheless gain a valuable sense of community and well-being from the programs.

Maura O’Malley, CEO and co-founder of Lifetime Arts, says that these classes are particularly valuable because they are taught by professional artists and result in a final performance.

"It's about rebuilding connections as you age and about finding new ways of living and expressing yourself. It's not about entertainment,” says O’Malley.

You can read the full article here

About Lifetime Arts

Lifetime Arts connects the people, funding, ideas and strategies necessary to increase the number and quality of professional arts programs for older adults. By helping to develop policy, sharing best practices and providing expert technical assistance in the design, funding and implementation of creative aging programs, we help organizations and individuals build livable communities for all ages.

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