Thriving Better Together: Creative Aging & Resilience

This series is now completed. Webinar recordings will soon become available to Guild members and everyone who registered for the series.


An older adult in a maroon-colored sweatshirt holds a tambourine above their head and smiles at another older adult, who is smiling back at them and facing away from the camera.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center (Dallas, TX). Photo by Danielle Maggio


According to AARP, one in three Americans is now 50 or older—and by 2030, one in five will be 65+. Yet, ageism runs rampant in U.S. society, and older adults and their needs are often invisibilized. Social isolation—which has been greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—has well-documented negative health impacts, especially for older adults.

The arts and culture sector as a whole has not yet responded with the urgency needed to address these issues. Creative aging programs, which provide sustained arts instruction for adults ages 55+ in a variety of socially supportive community settings, offer promising results—including proven psychological, physical, and emotional health benefits. However, care must be taken to ensure that our creative aging programs honor the wisdom and lived experience of older adults, and don’t replicate cycles of ageism and other forms of oppression. 

Participants of the Thriving Better Together: Creative Aging & Resilience series will leave with a strong understanding of social isolation and its consequences, important factors to consider as we meet older adults where they are, and ways to raise the visibility of—and advocate for—this crucial work.


Whether you’re just starting a creative aging program for the first time, or you’ve been doing it for years, our amazing lineup of speakers will have something to offer—especially in light of the new challenges posed by (and increased social isolation caused by) the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Investing in strong, creative, resilient communities of care for our elders is, likewise, an act of care for all current and future generations. Join us in building towards this future!

An older adult smiles at a baby they are holding. The baby is pointing at a painting on the wall, which is of the same older adult holding the same baby.

Pullen Arts Center (Raleigh, NC). Photo by Teresa Moore


Real-time ASL interpretation will be provided by Pro Bono ASL for all webinars. Closed captioning will likewise be provided via Zoom. Facilitators and presenters will verbally describe what is on screen and state their name before speaking.

Planning Committee

Thriving Better Together: Creative Aging & Resilience was planned in collaboration with a planning committee (read their bios here) comprised of national thought-partners engaged in creative aging work, many of whom are alumni of the Guild's Catalyzing Creative Aging program. 


Eepi Chaad (Director of Community Engagement, Art League Houston)

Gavin Farrell (Executive Director, Powers Music School)

Russ Grazier (CEO, Portsmouth Music and Arts Center)

Tiffany Jackson (Director of Education, Bishop Arts Theatre Center)

Eliza Kiser (Director, Pullen Arts Center)

Vita Litvak (Associate Director of Adult Education, Fleisher Art Memorial)

Maura O'Malley (CEO/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts, Inc.)

Sylvia Sherman (Program Director, Community Music Center - San Francisco)




This program is made possible in part by generous support from Aroha Philanthropies.