The Toledo Museum of Art: Creative Aging Foundations Training for Teaching Artists

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March 20 – 22, 2023 from 10am-12pm EST

Welcome Teaching Artists! We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Toledo Museum of Art creative aging initiative made possible through E.A. Michelson Philanthropy’s Vitality Arts Project for Art Museums.


What you need to know:

  • All training recording links and presentation decks are available in each training day section and all post-training resources are available for your convenience.
  • Presentation slides include a “Resources & Chat links” section with clickable links which were posted in the chat of the live sessions. 
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

Monday, March 20, 2023, 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

Monday, March 21, 2023, 10am-12pm EST:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Day 3

Older Adult Community Partnerships and Teaching Artist Preparation

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 10am-12pm EST:

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)

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. The two main goals of building artistic skills and creating opportunities for your students to engage socially are the foundation of every creative aging program.  Utilize this worksheet to build a responsive program that will best serve the students and community you hope to work with, while keeping in mind adaptations you may need to make to fit their needs and capacity.

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?

Post-training Resources

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. Photography
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Sarah Jacobus. She has short purple hair and brown eyes with glasses. She is smiling.
Sarah Jacobus, Lifetime Arts Trainer
Rhynna Santos, Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Rhynna M. Santos (Photography)

Lynda Monick-Isenberg  (Drawing)

Trainer Facilitators

Ann deVere

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education & Training)

Nathan Majoros (Director of Programs)

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