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Ageism is the #1 Barrier to Delivering Impactful Programming for Older Adults
Connecting Ageism, Wellness, and the Program Model
How old do YOU feel? Taking time to gain a solid understanding of the creative aging field, the creative aging arts education program model, and to hear what people of all generations think about aging, motivation, and ability will set you up for success. Thinking differently about older people will “future proof” your offerings and open up new funding streams. We invite you to start here.
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Don't Go It Alone: Tap Local Partners and Survey Prospective Participants
Getting Started: Partnerships and Program Planning
Being responsive to your community is the only way to plan and deliver creative aging programming well. Before you select an artform, figure out what your facility can support, who your local partners might be, and most importantly, what it is that older adults in your world WANT to learn.
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- Creating an Artistic Culture
- Mini-Case: Seeding Creative Aging at Greenwich House
- Roundtable Discussion: Artistic Goals
- Best Practices in Responsive Programming for Teaching Artists
- Responsive Programming: Facility, Community, and Patrons
- Partnering With New Communities That Serve Older Adults
- The Importance of Partnerships
- Preparing for Your Program
- Mini-Case: Planning a Creative Aging Program at CommonBond Communities
- Defining a Teaching Artist
- Hiring a Teaching Artist
- Planning with a Teaching Artist
- Mini-Cases: Flexibility and Adaptability in Program Delivery
- Budget Considerations
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How is Teaching Older Adults Different?
Designing Arts Education Programs for Older Adults
When teaching artmaking to older adults, there are some key things to keep in mind, but they might not be the things that you think. True, some adjustments may need to be made to accommodate a variety of abilities, but that is true in any classroom setting. Older adults are “serious” about learning, and also very quick to connect and have fun. Many of these topics are aimed at teaching artists, but it is critical and helpful for programmers and leaders to have a basic understanding of what they are hiring teaching artists to execute.
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- Older Adult Learners
- S.A.F.E. Planning for Older Adults
- Best Practices in Intergenerational Programming
- Best Practices in In-Person Curriculum Design
- Best Practices in Curriculum Design for Remote Programming
- Teaching Artist Conversation: Envisioning and Preparing Program Curricula
- Teaching Artist Conversation: Best Practices in Curriculum Development
- Teaching Artist Conversation: From In-Person to Remote
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The 'Nuts and Bolts' of Program Planning and Delivery
Program Implementation Toolkit
Any excellent program requires cross-departmental coordination (or a serious amount of time for a programmer working on their own), and creative aging programming is no different. That said, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and we have laid out the steps and best practices for you here to eliminate guesswork and ensure a smooth process for all.
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- Planning for Recruitment
- Program Registration
- Teaching Artist Conversation: Recruiting Participants in Senior Centers
- Program Implementation and Participant Retention
- Culminating Event Development for Organizations
- Culminating Event Development for Teaching Artists
- Culminating Event Prep and Implementation
- Evaluation Protocols
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A One-on-One with a Creative Aging Leader and Fundraising Expert
A Masterclass in Sustainability Strategies
We sat down with co-founder/CEO, Maura O’Malley, to capture insights, lessons learned, recommendations, and strategies that have worked for her in her career in arts education, and specifically, the creative aging work she has done since 2008 with Lifetime Arts. Watch these 4 short, informative vignettes to understand how to integrate creative aging into your organizational mission and long-term fundraising strategies.
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Remote and Hybrid Learning Will Continue
Adapting In-Person Curricula for Remote Delivery
The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a revolution in program delivery for older adults. With so many organizations working diligently to ensure that older isolated people have access to meaningful, purposeful social programming, both programmers and older adults realized that this was a viable option for continued engagement. This section will spell-out best practices in remote program delivery, which will be useful indefinitely as your organization succeeds in reaching people who were challenged by transportation and those beyond the borders of your local area.
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- Responsive Online Programming
- Online Planning and Preparation
- Mini-Case: How Greenwich House Delivers Online Programming
- Planning for Accessibility
- Remote Learning Interview: Stagebridge
- Demo of S.A.F.E. Skill-Building for Online Programming (Part 1 of 4)
- Demo of S.A.F.E. Assessment for Online Programming (Part 2 of 4)
- Demo of S.A.F.E. Feedback for Online Programming (Part 3 of 4)
- Demo of S.A.F.E. Social Engagement for Online Programming (Part 4 of 4)
- Phone Programming
- Synchronous Class Protocols
- Asynchronous Learning Extensions and Opportunities
- Right-Sizing and Adjusting Remote Programs and Culminating Events
- Pre- and Post-Synchronous Class Support
If you have a question about the course, or if you require our assistance for any reason, please contact Lifetime Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team is available Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-6pm ET.
About Lifetime Arts
Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults.
About E.A. Michelson Philanthropy
E.A. Michelson Philanthropy supports the development of artistic and creative opportunities—and the personal discoveries that go with them—for everyone. E.A. Michelson Philanthropy fulfills its mission to awaken creative expression and build communities through its three program branches, each with a different area of focus: Discovery Arts: Sparking wonder through creativity for children and youth; Vitality Arts®: Inspiring creativity for ages 55 and better; Humanity Arts: Enhancing homes and empowering creativity for adults with mental illness. E.A. Michelson Philanthropies is a private foundation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
About the NY State Council on the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens.
Creative Aging Foundations On Demand has been made possible through the generous support from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy and the New York State Council on the Arts. The development and production of this service is credited to Lifetime Arts staff and consultants, as well as teaching artists, arts organization staff, and senior service organization staff. Learn More