Training for Kansas Teaching Artists, Arts and Senior Service Organizations

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July 26-28 from 9am-11am CT

Welcome Kansas cohort. We hope you enjoyed attending this training as part of  the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission’s “Kansas Creative Aging Project” 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

Day 1

Ageism Workshop, Creative Aging Program Models

Monday, July 26, 2021, 9am-11am CT:
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 Program Design

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 9am-11am CT
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 – now and in the future

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 9am-11am CT
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:

Post-training Resources

Teaching artist resources for in-person & remote programs:
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 a cohort of teaching artists and arts organizations 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 Creative Aging Foundations, this training will also feature the examination and demonstration of andragogical approaches to the development of skill-based, sequential instructional lessons for older adults.

This course will also focus on the importance of embedding intentional social engagement activities into programming and curricula. Participants will explore the subject of ageism and its impact on creative aging programming design and delivery. Teaching artists will be introduced to best practices in both in-person and remote programming.

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Storytelling/Theatre
  2. Dance/Movement
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Director of Education, Annie Montgomery. She has shorter blonde hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Annie Montgomery
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Penelope McCourty
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Penelope McCourty (Dance/Movement)

Annie Montgomery (Storytelling/Theatre)

Trainer Facilitators

Asma Feyijinmi

Antonia Perez

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Stage Manager)

Nathan Majoros