Ohio Arts Council: Creative Aging Curriculum Development Training for Teaching Artists 2024

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April 18th, 25th, & May 9th, 2024 from 3-5pm EST 

We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s creative Aging Initiative: Building Bridges to Sustained Communities.

All post-training resources, including session recordings & presentation slides, and a list of Lesson Plan and Curriculum Best Practices developed in breakout groups, are now available for your convenience.

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Day 1 

Social Engagement

Thursday,  April 18 from 3-5pm EST
Please review the following resources prior to Day 1:
Session Agenda
  • Experience Social Engagement Activities for creative aging classes and make connections to your own teaching artist practice
  • Share tips and ideas about how social engagement can be incorporated into your creative aging classes
  • Review creative aging curriculum best practices

Day 2

Assessment and Feedback

Thursday,  April 25th from 3-5pm EST
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:
Session Agenda:
  • Be introduced to assessment and feedback strategies and activities.
  • Analyze and make connections to how you assess your students and create affirmative feedback opportunities in your creative aging classes. 
  • Review examples of exemplary and mediocre lesson plans and discuss the components of a quality lesson.
  • Experience closing rituals and discuss why we do them in creative aging programs

Day 3

Curriculum Sharing

Thursday, May 9th from 3-5pm EST


Please review the following prior to Day 3:
  • Email your curriculums to Chiquita by the EOD on Friday, April 26th – email them to: Chiquita.MullinsLee@oac.ohio.gov 
  • The submitted curriculum will be shared with the 5 or so other people in your small artform groups
  • Read all curriculums by your small group members between April 27 – May 8th
  • Identify 2 questions about your own curriculum that you would like to receive feedback on from your group in the May 9 session
Session Agenda:
  • Go in-depth on creative aging curriculum best practices
  • In small groups, share feedback and suggestions about one another’s curriculums to support the strengthening of work
  • Be introduced to Culminating Event best practices and share their ideas and experiences for culminating events.


Post-training Resources

Curriculum Development Training:
April 18th, 2024 (Day 1) Session Materials:


April 25th, 2024 (Day 2) Session Materials:


May 9th, 2024 (Day 3) Session Materials:


Creative Aging Foundations:
March 18th, 2024 (Day 1) Session Materials:


March 19th, 2024 (Day 2) Session Materials:


March 20th, 2024 (Day 3) Session Materials:


Additional Resources:

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


Curriculum Development Training Description:

This course, aimed at teaching artists trained in Creative Aging Foundations, will feature the examination and demonstration of andragogical approaches to the development of skill-based, sequential instructional lessons for older adults. In addition, this course will focus on the importance of embedding intentional social engagement activities into programming and curricula across art forms.

Over the course of three intensive sessions, participants will:

  • Dive deeply into an examination of creative aging program design elements
  • Experience activities and techniques to assess their creative aging students, provide social engagement opportunities, and establish positive feedback protocols. 
  • Share their own experiences and ideas about how these design principles might be applied in their own artforms and teaching artist practice. 

Participants will leave this course with a refined creative aging curriculum of their own making, developed over the course of the three sessions.  During the third session, participants will exchange feedback and ideas about one another’s curriculum to support the development of one another’s work. Lifetime Arts trainers will facilitate dialogue in small groups and lend their own ideas and expertise to the feedback that each participant will receive. 

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
Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education and Training)