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January 10-12, 2022 from 9am-11am CST / 10am – 12pm EST:

Welcome Teaching Artists! We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Louisiana Division of the Arts’ “Creative Aging Louisiana” 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 and presentation decks are available in each training day section
  • All post-training resources are available for your convenience
Training Description | Trainer Bios | Participation Guidelines Community Agreements
Post-training Resources | Evaluation Survey | Participating on Zoom

Day 1

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

Monday, January 10, 2022, 9am-11am CST / 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,” Aroha Philanthropies [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Program Design Best Practices and Adaptations

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 9am-11am CST / 10am – 12pm EST:
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

Partnering with Older Adult Communities: Envisioning Creative Aging Programs and Curriculum Development

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 9am – 11am CST / 10am-12pm EST:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:

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:

Guidelines for Participating in Lifetime Arts Training

The Creative Aging Foundations course is designed so that learners can engage experientially and actively throughout the three days of training. Lifetime Arts Trainers will offer guidance and expertise in creative aging, but our main goal is to create a collaborative learning environment where participants learn from one another. To do this successfully, we ask all participants to actively participate and engage during the sessions just as if we were together in person.

We request that you:
  • Keep your video on if you have a camera on your computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Keep your microphones muted, unless asked to unmute yourself.
  • Engage in all activities and contribute ideas when invited to do so.
  • Break-out room group discussions will be used often, please be ready to fully participate.
  • Add questions or comments to the Chat anytime. Trainers will track the questions and will address questions that come up during the Q&A sections at the end of every day. Feel free to share resources with your fellow learners via the chat as well.
  • Review training assignments and videos in the portal prior to each day’s session so you can be fully prepared to engage in the training. The resources for each day are marked in the portal. These resources will be referenced often in the training and your responses will be discussed in break out groups during the synchronous sessions.
  • Have paper or notebook and pen/pencil/marker available for notes and activities during the training.

Community Agreements

  • Be present. Honor this time to learn and share in community with others.
  • Limit distractions in your learning space: To remain focused on the training, set aside other work-related responsibilities during the three sessions.
  • Take care of yourself: Do what you need to be present in the space
    Some discussion questions are personal – especially with regards to feelings regarding age and aging.
  • Please hold space for one another, and share only what you feel comfortable sharing.
  • What’s said here stays here, what’s learned here leaves here.

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 Creative Aging Foundations (shown above), our teaching artist 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. Collage
  2. Improvisation
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Ann deVere. She has black hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Ann deVere
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

Ann deVere (Collage)

Vinny Mraz (Improvisation)

Trainer Facilitators

Lynda Monick-Isenberg

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Education Associate)