Training for Delaware Library Programmers

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May 10-12, 2021, 10am-12pm ET

Welcome Delaware Library Programmers. We hope you enjoyed attending this training as part of Delaware Division of the Arts’ Access Creative Aging initiative, made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies.

What you need to know:

  • All training recording links are available in each training day section
  • All post-training resources are available for your convenience
Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources | Evaluation Survey | Program Plan Coaching

Day 1

Ageism Workshop and Creative Aging Program Models

Monday, May 10, 2021, 10am-12pm ET:

Please review the following resources prior to Day 1:
“Creative Aging: Enriching the Lives of Older Adults Through Arts Ed” [3:12]
“Overview of the Field” with Vinny Mraz [6:14]
“Let’s End Ageism,” TED Talk by Ashton Applewhite [11:38]
“Creative Aging: Isolation to Connection,” Aroha Philanthropies [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Adapting Remote Program Design

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10am-12pm ET
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Creative Aging: In-Person to Online from Aroha Philanthropies on Vimeo.

“Creative Aging: In-person to Online,” Aroha Philanthropies [3:20]

Day 3

Preparing for Programming – For Now and the Future

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 10am-12pm ET
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:

Post-training Resources

Research supporting the creative aging arts education model:
Technology support & accessibility considerations:
Teaching artist resources for class design & budgeting:

Program Plan Coaching

To support the development and implementation of your funded creative aging programs, Lifetime Arts will review your program plans, provide written feedback, and host a virtual coaching session for library programmers and their teaching artists partners.

  1. First, programming librarians will determine which artforms are appropriate for their facility (or select a platform for remote program delivery); survey the community to determine their interests, and hire teaching artist to teach the creative aging program series.
  2. Collaboratively, library programmers and teaching artists will determine a program timeline, develop a curriculum (designed and written by the teaching artist), and establish a budget.
  3. Next, teams will submit program plan documents to Lifetime Arts for review. NOTE: All program plans must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the program start date.
  4. Once your plans have 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.

Seed Grant Timeline

Round 1: July – December 2021
All participating libraries will be eligible to receive funding for one creative aging program plus coaching from Lifetime Arts.

Round 2: January – June 2022

Eligible libraries will be selected by the Delaware Division of the Arts to receive additional funding for a second creative aging program and additional coaching from Lifetime Arts.


Training Description:

This 6-hour training will take a cohort of library programmers 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

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Ballroom/Social Dancing
  2. Storytelling
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Director of Education, Annie Montgomery.
Annie Montgomery
Director of Education
Daniela Del Giorno
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Daniela Del Giorno (Ballroom/Social Dancing)

Annie Montgomery (Storytelling)

Trainer Facilitators

Clark Jackson

Jade Lam

Staff Facilitators

Julie Kline

David Woehr (Stage Manager)