Training for New York State Arts & Senior Service Organizations

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October 25 -27 from 10am-12pm ET

Welcome New York State Arts & Senior Service Organizations. We hope you enjoyed this training as part of New York State Council on the Arts’ “Creative Aging for All Communities” initiative 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, Creative Aging Program Models

Monday, October 25, 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,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Remote Program Design

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 10am-12pm 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

Preparing for Programming – now and in the future

Wednesday, October 27, 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 in-person & remote programs:
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 arts and senior service organizations through the Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Foundations course. We will cover:

  • CCurrent 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. Photography
  2. Storytelling/Theatre
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Director of Education, Annie Montgomery. She has shorter blonde hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Annie Montgomery
Director of Education
Rhynna Santos
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Annie Montgomery (Storytelling)

Rhynna Santos (Photography)

Trainer Facilitators

Ann DeVere

Jade Lam

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Virtual Training Producer)

Julie Kline (Education Associate)