Utah Division of Arts and Museums: Creative Aging Foundations Training for Teaching Artists

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October 17 – 19, 2022 from 9-11am MT

Welcome Teaching Artists (& Library Staff). We hope you enjoyed this training as part of the Utah Division of Art & Museums’ “A Lifetime of Arts Elevated” initiative.


What you need to know:

  • All training recording links and presentation decks are available in each training day section
  • Presentation slides include a “Resources & Chat links” section with clickable links which were posted in the chat of the live sessions.
  • All post-training resources are available for your convenience
Use the DAY 1, 2, 3 buttons below to navigate to each day’s session materials, session recordings, and presentation slides:
Training Description | Trainer Bios
Post-training Resources 

Day 1

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

Monday, October 17, 2022, 9-11am 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 Design Best Practices and Adaptations

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 , 9-11am 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

Older Adult Community Partnerships and Teaching Artist Preparation

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 9-11am MT:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 3:
For Teaching Artists:
For Librarians:

“Responsive programming: Facility, community, and patrons” Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Foundations Toolkit video [10:21]


“Planning for Recruitment” Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Foundations Toolkit video [10:21]

Post-training Resources

Here is a link to a PDF containing a list of best practices when partnering with new communities. This list was developed by facilitators based on conversations had in Day 3 breakout groups: Partnering with New Communities Best Practices (PDF)

 Resources for Library programmers:
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:

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 the core Creative Aging Foundations training, this course for teaching artists also will feature the examination and demonstration of approaches for teaching adult learners and to the development of skill-based, sequential lessons for older adults. Additional curricular topics include:

  • Exemplary programming from across this growing field across artistic disciplines
  • Embedding intentional social engagement activities 
  • Impact of ageism on creative aging program design and delivery
  • Best practices in both in-person and remote programming
  • Creative aging curriculum development
  • Partnering with older adult communities

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Improv
  2. Drawing
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 (Improv)

Trainer Facilitators

Daniela Del Giorno

Clark Jackson

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Julie Kline (Director of Education & Training)

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