As part of our Catalyzing Creative Aging program, provided in partnership with Lifetime Arts, ten organizations receive seed funding to implement new creative aging programming after receiving in-depth training and coaching. As we read over final reports sharing the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from our Fall 2018 seed grantees, we recognized how much wisdom and practical advice could be gleaned from these organizations across the country. Each seed grantee piloted a new creative aging program in Fall 2018. Sessions intentionally integrated skills-based arts learning and social engagement.
In this article, we highlight stories from five of our grantees to illuminate common themes and provide helpful tips for any organization starting or deepening a creative aging program. These excerpts were pulled from grantees’ final reports and our “Kick-Start Creative Aging at Your Organization: Lessons Learned from the Field” webinar.