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November 15 – 17 from 10am-12pm ET

Welcome Teaching Artists! 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, and Older Adult Learners

Monday, November 15, 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 Program Design Best Practices and Adaptations

Tuesday, November 16, 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

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

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10am-12pm 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:


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. 

  • 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 questions in the Chat 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.

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

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, 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. Ballroom/Dance
  2. Collage
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, Ann deVere. She has black hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Ann deVere
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Daniela Del Giorno (Ballroom/Dance)

Ann DeVere (Collage)

Trainer Facilitators

Asma Feyijinmi

Clark Jackson

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Stage Manager)

Julie Kline (Education Associate)

Annie Montgomery (Director of Education)