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Lifetime Arts Launch Report on Teaching Artists and Creative Aging

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Oct 20, 2016

Lifetime Arts (New Rochelle, NY) has released a report, entitled Teaching Artists Speak! Creative Aging from the Teaching Artists Perspective, that summarizes the results of a survey conducted over the course of 2016. The surveying initiative developed in part out of the Creative Aging Survey Project, a working group launched during the National Guild’s 2015 Teaching Artist Development Track. Led by Maura O’Malley at Lifetime Arts, the group committed to designing a survey that would “investigate teaching artists’ interest levels in working with older adults, their knowledge and experience, and their training needs.”

The report was written based on survey responses from over 200 teaching artists. Some of the most important results include:

  • The survey showed that the overwhelming majority (96%) of respondents are interested in  teaching art to older adults.
  • The most significant challenges reported were lack of employment information and opportunities, inadequate and unstandardized compensation, and location of programs (i.e. proximity or ease of commuting to the location.)
  • The survey also revealed that 88% of respondents already have experience working with older adults.


Read the full report, along with recommendations for advancing the field, here.
 

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