Nebraska Arts Council: Creative Aging Foundations for Teaching Artists 2023

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November 28-30 from 6-8pm CT / 5-7pm MT

We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Creative Aging Arts Program made possible through the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ States Leading 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 now available for your convenience. This includes a list of best practices when partnering with new communities, developed by facilitators in Day 3 breakout groups.

  • Please see below for more information on curriculum coaching.

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Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources | CURRICULUM COACHING

Day 1

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

Tuesday, November 28 from 6-8pm CT / 5-7pm MT
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

Wednesday, November 29 from 6-8pm CT / 5-7pm MT
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Day 3

Older Adult Community Partnerships and Teaching Artist Preparation

Thursday, November 30 from 6-8pm CT / 5-7pm MT
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. 

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.

Curriculum Coaching

To support the development of your creative aging curriculum, Lifetime Arts will review your curriculum outline, provide written feedback, and host a virtual one-on-one coaching session for teaching artists.

  • First, teaching artists should complete their curriculum outline using the In-Person Creative Aging Program Curriculum Outline (DOCX) template.
  • Next, teaching artists will submit curriculum outlines to Lifetime Arts for review. 
  • Once your outline has been submitted, you will be invited to schedule a 20-minute coaching session when we will review your plans and provide customized guidance to help ensure your success.

Coaching Timeline

Coaching Sessions: November 30 – December 22, 2023

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023


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:

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. Dance
  2. Drawing
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Daniela Del Giorno. She has dark hair styled in a ponytail. She has brown eyes and is smiling.
Daniela Del Giorno Lifetime Arts Trainer
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Clark Jackson Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Daniela Del Giorno (Dance)

Lynda Monick-Isenberg  (Drawing)

Trainer Facilitators

Antonia Perez

Dane Stauffer

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Annie Montgomery (Senior Education Designer & Trainer)