Creative Aging Foundations for Wayne County Public Library

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September 11-13, 2023 from 10am-12pm EST

We hope you enjoyed this opportunity as part of  the Wayne County Public Library’s creative aging initiative.

What you need to know:

  • Use the DAY 1, 2, 3 buttons below to navigate to each day’s session materials. This includes session recordings and presentation slides for each session. 

  • All post-training resources are available for your convenience.

  • We would love your feedback! If you have time, please consider filling out our training evaluation below:


Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources 

Day 1

Ageism Workshop and Creative Aging Program Models

Monday, September 11, 2023 from 10am-12pm EST:


Please review the following resources prior to Day 1:

“Creative Aging: Enriching the Lives of Older Adults Through Arts Ed” [3:12]

“Let’s End Ageism,” TED Talk by Ashton Applewhite [11:38]

“Creative Aging: Isolation to Connection,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Program Preparation

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 10am-12pm EST:


Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Day 3

Successful Creative Aging Program Implementation: now and in the future

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 10am-12pm EST:


Please review the following resources prior to Day 3 and think about how you might adjust them for your community:

For Library and Arts Council Staff:

For Teaching Artists:

As you begin to think about what kind of creative aging program you will teach, use the following worksheet as a starting point to envision your program.

You can respond to these questions in a personal notebook. Or you can use the links below to download these prompts as a worksheet in PDF or Word Document formats.

Post-training Resources

Vision Planning
  • Envisioning Your Creative Aging Program Worksheet: For Teaching Artists (PDF) | (DOCX)
  • Envisioning Your Creative Aging Program Worksheet: For Organizations (PDF) | (DOCX)
Lifetime Arts Evaluation Templates
Teaching artist resources for in-person & remote programs:

Research supporting the creative aging arts education model:

Technology support & accessibility considerations:

Combatting Ageism


Training Description:

This 6-hour training will take Library Staff, Arts Council Leadership, and Teaching Artists through the Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Foundations course. We will cover:

  • 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
  • The planning, implementation, and sustainability of successful programming
  • Developing impactful cross-sector and community partnerships
  • How to deliver both in-person programming

In addition to covering the topics included in the core Creative Aging Foundations training, this course for teaching artists 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 remote programming
  • Creative aging curriculum development
  • Partnering with older adult communities

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Drawing
  2. Theatre

Lead Trainers:

Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Lynda Monick-Isenberg. She has short brown hair, glasses, and is smiling.
Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Lifetime Arts Trainer
This is a headshot of Vinny Mraz, Lifetime Arts Trainer.
Vinny Mraz, Lifetime Arts Trainer

Demo Artists

Lynda Monick-Isenberg (Drawing)

Vinny Mraz (Theatre)

Trainer Facilitators

Jade Lam

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Annie Montgomber (Senior Education Designer & Trainer)

Read staff bios