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Catalyzing Creative Aging

The Catalyzing Creative Aging program was paused in 2020 due to the pandemic. We are not accepting applications for a new Catalyzing Creative Aging cohort at this time. The Guild is currently taking time in a Portal of transformation to reimagine and rebuild all programs.


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