In April 2019, in continuation of a statewide training being conducted by Lifetime Arts, Education Director, Annie Montgomery, and teaching artist, Julie Kline, traveled to northern Wisconsin to deliver two full-day professional development workshops on Creative Aging programming for public librarians working in suburban and rural libraries. These training sessions were sponsored by the Winnefox Library System, and were funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
In July 2019, Aroha Philanthropies and the Minnesota State Arts Board offered the third in a series of Creative Aging trainings for teaching artists working in all arts disciplines. The event, held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, was designed to equip teaching artists with the skills to design and teach successful, skill-based, socially-engaging arts education workshops for older adults. Aroha and Lifetime Arts recruited a diverse team of teaching artists for this, the largest teacher training that the two organizations have partnered to design and deliver.
To meet the growing demand for Creative Aging programming across the U.S., for the first time ever, the National Guild for Community Arts Education introduced a Creative Aging Track at their 82nd national conference held recently in Austin, TX. Lifetime Arts CEO, Maura O’Malley, and Director of Education, Annie Montgomery, helped to guide the development of the new track and traveled to Austin along with our Trainer, Julie Kline, to deliver two sessions; the “Catalyzing Creative Aging Institute,” and “Arts Equity: Combating Ageism to Fuel Creative Aging Programs, Funders and Partnerships.”