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DATE, 2023 from 10am-12pm EST

Welcome Teaching Artists! We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with you as part of  the [HOST ORG] creative aging initiative made possible through [FUNDER or INITIATIVE]

We are looking forward to meeting you. We have a lot to cover over the three sessions, so please plan to join each day on time and take notes.

What you need to know:

  • Please use the Zoom link below to join all three days of training
  • We have specified some light, yet key pre-work for each session
  • All presentation decks will be made available for your convenience


Use the DAY 1, 2, 3 buttons below to navigate to each day’s session materials:
Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources 

Day 1

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

DATE, 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 Design Best Practices and Adaptations

DATE, 10am-12pm 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

DATE, 10am-12pm EST:
Please review the following prior to Day 3:

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

These questions are designed to help organize your thoughts around building a responsive creative aging program.  Keep in mind that the key goals are building artistic skills, and creating opportunities for intentional social engagement.  Programs should also be responsive, and may need to be adapted to fit the needs and capacity of the communities you work with.  While we will use the insights you gain here as a jumping off point for group discussions on Day 3, your responses to these questions will not be shared or reviewed.

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.

  1. Personal mission/spark: What draws you to work in creative aging? What do you believe is your greatest asset/strength to bring to this work?
  2. What is your biggest concern about teaching creative aging programs?
  3. List all art forms you teach.
  4. Describe the age groups and settings you typically work with.
  5. How might you adapt a program you already teach to younger students – or a different population of learners – to better serve older adults?
  6. What do you want older adults to learn in this class? This can include specific skills, techniques, fluency in terminology and concepts.
  7. What are some methods/activities within your art form(s) that could enable social engagement between older adult participants?
  8. What are some ideas for the culminating event for this program?

Teaching artist resources for in-person & remote programs:

Teaching artist resources for funding and fiscal sponsorship:

Research supporting the creative aging arts education model:

Technology support & accessibility considerations:

Combatting Ageism


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. Chinese Brush Painting
  2. Storytelling
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Clark Jackson. His head is buzzed and he has dark eyes. He is smiling.
Clark Jackson, Lifetime Arts Trainer
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Jade Lam. She has dark long hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Jade Lam, Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Clark Jackson (Storytelling)

Jade Lam  (Chinese Brush Painting

Trainer Facilitators

Asma Feyijinmi

Dane Stauffer

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education & Training)

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