Catalyzing Creative Aging

The Catalyzing Creative Aging program is currently paused due to the pandemic. We are not accepting applications for a new Catalyzing Creative Aging cohort at this time.

We are committed to continuing to support creative aging practitioners field-wide. Please keep an eye on our Creative Aging Network page where information about relevant programming will be posted, and sign up to join our recurring Creative Aging Community Conversation—a monthly open-ended dialogue for constructive sharing and co-learning with fellow creative aging practitioners. If you have questions about these current offerings, please contact Ivy Young.


The National Guild’s Catalyzing Creative Aging program is a multi-phase initiative designed to support the establishment of new creative aging programs at nonprofit arts education organizations nationwide. We have served 3 cohorts of creative aging practitioners from 2017-2020.

Research shows that professionally-led, arts education for older adults fosters positive aging. Nonprofit arts education organizations are uniquely positioned to play a leading role in providing innovative programming for an aging population that is living longer, healthier lives. 

The program is presented in partnership with Lifetime Arts and provides group training, one-on-one coaching, and funding to community arts education organizations in order to:

  • Increase their capacity to serve older adults through skill-based, participatory arts programs; 
  • Provide models of high quality creative aging programs to the field;
  • Raise public awareness about the benefits of creative aging programs.


The following organizations participated in the 2019-2020 cycle:


Thank You to Our Generous 2019 Catalyzing Creative Aging Supporters