Training for West Valley Teaching Artists

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Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 10am-12pm PT/MT

Welcome Teaching Artists! We are thrilled to have you join this training as part of the West Valley Art Councils’ “Advancing Creative Aging in Arizona’s West Valley” initiative!

We are looking forward to meeting you. We have a lot to cover over the three sessions, so please plan to join each day on time.

What you need to know:

  • Please use the Zoom link below to join all three days of training
  • We have specified some light, yet key pre-work for each session
  • All presentation decks will be made available for your convenience
Session assignments:
Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources | Evaluation Survey

Day 1

Ageism Workshop, Creative Aging Program Models, and Older Adult Learners

Monday, May 23, 2022, 10am-12pm PST/MST:
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 Design Best Practices and Adaptations

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10am-12pm PST/MST:
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

Older Adult Community Partnerships and Teaching Artist Preparation

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 10am – 12pm PST/MST:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:

Post-training Resources

Teaching artist resources for in-person & remote programs:
Teaching artist resources for funding and fiscal sponsorship:
Teaching artist resources for class design & budgeting:
Research supporting the creative aging arts education model:
Technology support & accessibility considerations:

Curriculum Coaching

To support the development of your creative aging curriculum, Lifetime Arts will review your curriculum outline, provide written feedback, and host a virtual one-on-one coaching session for teaching artists.

  1. First, teaching artists should complete their curriculum outline using either one of these two templates:
  2. Next, teaching artists will submit curriculum outlines to Lifetime Arts for review. Curriculum Submission Form
  3. Once your outline has been submitted, you will be invited to schedule a 20-minute coaching session when we will review your plans and provide customized guidance to help ensure your success.

Coaching Timeline

June 3 – July 29, 2022

Schedule your coaching sessions and submit your curriculum outline by July 22, 2022


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 (shown above), our teaching artist 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. Social Dance
  2. Improvisation
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, Clark Jackson. His head is buzzed and he has dark eyes. He is smiling.
Clark Jackson
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Daniela Del Giorno (Social Dance)

Clark Jackson (Improvisation)

Trainer Facilitators

Asma Feyijinmi

Dane Stauffer

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education & Training)