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Uprooting Ageism: Shifting our Thinking to Serve Older Adults

Published: 2018-11-09

Published: 2018

In many ways, our field is not set up to meet the diverse—and ever-expanding needs—of the student population over 55. Shifting that reality will require deep examination—from individuals, arts organizations, funders, and other stakeholders—and a concerted effort from arts educators around the country. To help with that process, one might ask: how did we get here as a field and what are some possible steps forward? In this article, we’ll look at the pervasiveness of ageism, systemic issues facing creative aging, and some institutional strategies for shifting thinking—and processes—in a way that advances equity for older learners.