Training for New Jersey Teaching Artists and Arts Organizations

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June 28-30, 2021, 2pm-4pm ET

Welcome New Jersey Teaching Artists and Arts Organizations. We hope you enjoyed attending this training as part of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Creative Aging Communities of Practice 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

Day 1

Ageism Workshop, Creative Aging Program Models and Older Adult Learners

Monday, June 28, 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,” Aroha Philanthropies [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Program Design Best Practices & Adaptations

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 2pm-4pm 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

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

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 2pm-4pm ET
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. Drawing
  2. Improvisation/Theatre
Lead Trainers:
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
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Lynda Monick-Isenberg. She has short brown hair, glasses, and is smiling.
Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Vinny Mraz (Improvisation/Theatre)

Lynda Monick-Isenberg (Drawing)

Trainer Facilitators

Ann DeVere

Asma Feyijinmi

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Stage Manager)

Julie Kline