Training for New Jersey Senior Serving Organizations

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October 18-20, 2021, 2pm-4pm ET

Welcome New Jersey and Senior Serving Organizations. We hope you enjoyed this training as part of New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Creative Aging Communities of Practice made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.

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
Post-training Resources | Evaluation Survey | Participating on Zoom

Day 1

Ageism Workshop and Creative Aging Program Models 

Monday, October 18, 2021, 2pm-4pm 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,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Program Preparation

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 2pm-4pm ET
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Creative Aging: In-Person to Online from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy on Vimeo.

“Creative Aging: In-person to Online,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [3:20]

Day 3

Implementing Programming – For Now and the Future

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 2pm-4pm ET
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:
Please fill out:
Briefly look over these templates and think about how you might adjust for your community:

Post-training Resources

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


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 the participants learn from one another as much as from the trainers.  To do this successfully, we ask all participants to actively participate and engage during the sessions just as if we were together in person. 

Full and active participation looks like:
  • Keep video on if you have a camera on your computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Limit distractions in your learning space.
  • To remain focused on the training, set aside other work-related responsibilities during the three sessions. 
  • Engage in all activities and contribute ideas when invited to do so. 
  • Ask questions and share resources with your fellow learners. 
  • Please review training assignments and videos in the portal prior to each day’s session. 
Preparing for Participation:
  • Please have paper or notebook and pen/pencil/marker available for notes and activities during the training.
  • On Zoom, please keep your microphones muted, unless asked to unmute yourself.
  • 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.
  • Break-out room group discussions will be used often, please be ready to fully participate.

Some discussion questions are personal – especially with regards to feelings regarding age and aging.  Please share only what you feel comfortable sharing.

Training Description:

This 6-hour training will take a cohort of Senior Service 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

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Dance
  2. Storytelling
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Daniela Del Giorno. She has dark hair styled in a ponytail. She has brown eyes and is smiling.
Daniela Del Giorno
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Dane Stauffer. He has short brown hair and is smiling,
Dane Stauffer
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Daniela Del Giorno (Dance)

Dane Stauffer (Storytelling)

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Stage Manager)

Julie Kline (Education Associate)