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Arts of Life: Two Models for Creative Aging Programs

Published: 2018-06-25

Published: 2014

Author: Ellen Hirzy

Community arts education organizations—with their community roots and partnership potential—are ideal places to launch arts programs for older adults. With this potential in mind the National Guild’s Creative Aging Program, supported by MetLife Foundation, made grants to 38 member organizations between 2008 and 2013 to establish sustained, sequential arts education programs in a variety of visual and performing art forms. Replicable program examples emerged from the grantees. In this article, we explore two distinct program models that can be employed by community arts educators across the country.