Tennessee Arts Commission: Creative Aging Foundations for Teaching Artists 2024

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February 12-14 from 9-11am CT / 10am-12pm EST 

We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Tennessee Arts Commissions’ Creative Aging Initiative 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.
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Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources 

Day 1

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

Monday, Feb 12 from 9-11am CT / 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

Tuesday, Feb 13 from 9-11am CT / 10am-12pm EST 
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Day 3

Older Adult Community Partnerships and Teaching Artist Preparation

Wednesday, Feb 13 from 9-11am CT / 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. 

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.

We have also included for your review, a creative aging curriculum outline. No need to fill this out, just take a look at it if you have some time. You may already have an outline that works for you, this is just to reference and/or to adapt as needed. For anyone completely new to curriculum development, this outline is a wonderful starting point.

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:

Resources for host organizations:

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. Drawing
  2. Sketch Comedy
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
Demo Artists

Lynda Monick-Isenberg (Drawing)

Vinny Mraz  (Sketch Comedy)

Trainer Facilitators

Jade Lam

Asma Feyijinmi

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education and Training)