Creative Aging Foundations Training for Delaware Teaching Artists 2022

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October 24 – 26, 2022 from 4-6pm EST

Welcome Teaching Artists! We hope you enjoyed this training as part of Delaware Division of the Arts “Access Creative Aging” initiative. We enjoyed our time with you, and we would love your feedback:


What you need to know:

  • All training recording links and presentation decks are available in each training day section
  • Presentation slides include a “Resources & Chat links” section with clickable links which were posted in the chat of the live sessions.
  • All post-training resources are available for your convenience
Use the DAY 1, 2, 3 buttons below to navigate to each day’s session materials, recordings, and presentation slides:
Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources 

Day 1

Ageism Workshop, Creative Aging Program Models, and Older Adult Learners

Monday, October 24, 2022, 4-6pm 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 Design Best Practices and Adaptations

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 , 4-6pm EST:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Creative Aging: In-Person to Online from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy on Vimeo.

“Creative Aging: In-person to Online,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [3:20]

Day 3

Older Adult Community Partnerships and Teaching Artist Preparation

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4-6pm EST:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:

Post-training Resources

Here is a link to a PDF containing a list of best practices when partnering with new communities. This list was developed by facilitators based on conversations had in Day 3 breakout groups: Partnering with New Communities Best Practices (PDF)

Teaching artist resources for in-person & remote programs:
Teaching artist resources for funding and fiscal sponsorship:
Teaching artist resources for class design & budgeting:
Research supporting the creative aging arts education model:
Technology support & accessibility considerations:

Training Description:

This 6-hour training will take 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 and remote 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. Storytelling
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Asma Feyijinmi. She has light curly hair and dark eyes with glasses. She is smiling.
Asma Feyijinmi Lifetime Arts Trainer
Headshot of Director of Education, Annie Montgomery. She has shorter blonde hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Annie Montgomery Senior Education Designer & Trainer
Demo Artists

Annie Montgomery (Storytelling)

Antonia Perez (Drawing)

Trainer Facilitators

Sarah Jacobus

Dane Stauffer

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education & Training)

David Woehr (Program Manager)

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