Funder: The New York Community Trust

Creative Aging Programming: Lessons Learned

This webinar was offered to teaching artists, arts organization and senior center staff in NYC who completed a Creative Aging program and wanted to bring their programming to the next level.

During the workshop, participants:

  • Reflected upon the challenges and successes of past residencies
  • Brainstormed and identify action steps toward future successful partnerships
  • Learned about planning templates and tools for use in future programming

This free professional development opportunity is part of the New York City Creative Aging Initiative which has been made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust.

Arts Learning and the Older Adult

This webinar was primarily aimed at senior center staff, but was applicable to Creative Aging arts organization staff and teaching artists. The webinar dived deep into best practices and principles related to adult learning.

Attendees learned about:

  • The research behind Creative Aging programming
  • Universal design, diverse learners, and how teaching artists design programs that takes individual learner’s needs and goals into account
  • The difference between passive, “drop-in” arts programming and sequential skill building arts programming
  • The positive impact that sequential, skill-building arts programming has on senior center members and the community at large

This free professional development opportunity is part of the New York City Creative Aging Initiative which has been made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust.

Writing A Great Creative Aging Proposal

This webinar was offered to NYC-based teaching artists and arts organizations interested in writing a proposal for a Creative Aging program in any arts discipline.

Attendees learned about:

  • The two main pillars of Creative Aging programs: skills mastery and social engagement
  • Strategies to connect their program plans to best practices in Creative Aging program design
  • Best practices in writing a Creative Aging program grant
  • The importance of the culminating event and how to use it as an opportunity to connect the senior center and the older adult participants to the wider community

This free professional development opportunity is part of the New York City Creative Aging Initiative which has been made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust.

Planning for Maximum Impact: Culminating Events in a Senior Center Setting

This webinar was offered to senior center staff in NYC who planned a culminating event for a Creative Aging program at their location.

During the workshop, attendees:

  • Viewed examples of quality culminating event formats across various art forms (visual, performing, and literary)
  • Learned about working with teaching artists to plan and coordinate the events
  • Built excitement for culminating events among senior center staff, Creative Aging program participants, and in the community through internal and external marketing and outreach
  • Learned strategies to use the event to increase community connections to the senior center and to amplify the creative voices of the older adult participants

The moderators, Annie Montgomery and Lindsey Francis, interviewed Director of HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center, Allison Simmons Brownley, about her connections with local artists and experiences in development to find grants and organizational partners to provide the most engaging and beneficial programming possible.

This free professional development opportunity is part of the New York City Creative Aging Initiative which has been made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust.

Preparing for a Creative Aging Program

This webinar was offered to teaching artists, arts organization and senior center staff in NYC  who delivered Creative Aging programming and were applicable to SU-CASA residencies. This webinar also served as a way to connect attendees with other Creative Aging program stakeholders in NYC.

Attendees learned about:

  • The importance of partnerships in the planning process
  • The specific roles and responsibilities that contribute to successful program implementation
  • Proven marketing and recruiting techniques

This free professional development opportunity is part of the New York City Creative Aging Initiative which has been made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust.

Designing Flexible Arts Programming in a Senior Center Setting

This webinar was offered to teaching artists and arts organization staff in NYC who delivered a Creative Aging program in any arts discipline in a senior center setting, and were applicable to SU-CASA residencies.

Attendees learned about:

  • Program models appropriate for senior centers
  • Capacity of senior centers to support Creative Aging programming
  • Ways to adapt their programs to match the organizational capacity of the senior center and the interests of the participants

The moderators, Annie Montgomery and Abigail Jefferson, interviewed Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Roster Artist, Spica Wobbe, about her experience teaching in the SU-CASA program and how she adapted her plans to suit the needs of both the center and the participants.

This free professional development opportunity is part of the New York City Creative Aging Initiative which has been made possible through the generous support of The New York Community Trust.