Creative Aging Foundations for Montana Teaching Artists 2024

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May 15, 2024 from 9am-4pm MT

The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts Floor 2 – Rehearsal Hall & Veranda
415 E Lewis St, Livingston, MT 59047

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Welcome Montana Teaching Artists! We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Montana Arts Council’s Creative Aging Initiative. 

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Combatting Ageism


Training Description

Creative Aging Foundations provides an overview of the Creative Aging field, including an understanding of shifting demographics, different areas of practice, and the cross-sector nature of the work. You and your team will leave the training with concrete, first steps to incorporate Creative Aging into your practice. Core curricular topics covered include:

  • History of Creative Aging
  • Current research on arts and aging
  • Inherent biases about aging
  • Best practices in the field
  • What’s different about adult learning
  • How to apply K-12 arts ed expertise to 55+
  • How to develop responsive programming that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable

This course is designed specifically for arts educators and/or teaching artists. In addition to covering the topics above included in the core Creative Aging Foundations training, this course also will feature the examination and demonstration of approaches for teaching adult learners and to the development of skill-based, sequential lessons for older adults. Additional curricular topics include:

  • Exemplary programming from across this growing field across artistic disciplines
  • Embedding intentional social engagement activities 
  • Impact of ageism on creative aging program design and delivery
  • Best practices in both in-person and programming
  • Creative aging curriculum development
  • Partnering with older adult communities
Lead Trainers:

This is a headshot of Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Lifetime Arts Trainer.
Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Lifetime Arts Trainer
Headshot of teaching artist, Vinny Mraz. He has short dark brown hair and brown eyes with glasses. He is smiling.
Vinny Mraz, Lifetime Arts Trainer

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