Training for West Valley Community Educators and Public Programming Professionals

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Wednesday, June 1 – Friday, June 3, 2022 from 10am-12pm MT

Welcome Community Educators & Public Programming Professionals! We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the West Valley Art Councils’ “Advancing Creative Aging in Arizona’s West Valley” initiative!

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
Session materials, zoom recordings, presentation slides:
Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources | Evaluation Survey

Day 1

Ageism Workshop and Creative Aging Program Models

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 10am-12pm MT:
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,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Program Preparation

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 10am-12pm MT:
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

Community Partnerships & Embedding Creative Aging in Your Organization

Friday, June 3, 2022, 10am – 12pm MT:
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 funding and fiscal sponsorship:
Teaching artist resources for class design & budgeting:

Training Description:

This 6-hour virtual training will take a cohort of Community Educators and Public Programming Professionals 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), 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. Participants will be introduced to best practices in both in-person and remote programming.

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Drawing
  2. Improvisation
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

Lynda Monick Isenberg (Drawing)

Vinny Mraz (Improvisation)

Trainer Facilitators

Asma Feyijinmi

Dane Stauffer

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

David Woehr (Program Manager)

Julie Kline (Director of Education & Training)