Created by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at The Actors Fund (AF), The Performing Arts Legacy Project is an online platform to document and represent the work of older professional artists in the U.S. and save our national legacy. This platform is the first known dedicated place to allow artists to present their lifetime careers holistically and under their control.
While The Performing Arts Legacy Project is a tool targeted to older professionals, it can also be used for professionals all along the spectrum of their careers to document their work as it evolves.
From Creative Aging Network – NC’s Facebook page:
Located in Greensboro, the Creative Aging Network – NC (CAN-NC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to creative programming for older adults throughout the state. Artists work in the community with existing aging service providers to implement creative classes such as painting, dancing, singing, poetry, writing and storytelling. When implemented with staff support and participation, creative programs enhance the person-centered care concept and honor the voices of elders as well as those working closest with them.
CAN-NC also partners with universities to conduct research on originally designed programs. Through this collaborative work we can better meet our goal of improving the quality of life of older people through the creative arts.
‘Arts and Minds is dedicated to helping people living with mental challenges through the arts. They offer arts courses throughout Cambridgeshire. Arts and Minds have continued to offer creative workshops during COVID-19, including “Virtual Creative Cafe,” an 8-week program of online creative activities, and “Creative Care: Invitation to Create,” where artists share invitations each week for older adults to explore the spaces they are in new ways using only the simplest of materials and everyday objects.’
‘Founded in 2012 with partners Creative Scotland, the Baring Foundation, and Age Scotland, Luminate is Scotland’s creative aging organization. In 2018, Luminate implemented a year-round program to develop creative activities with, by and for older people.’ To continue arts programming during the pandemic, they created Luminate@Home, an online programming opportunity for older adults led by professional artists, and feature different artforms including crafts, poetry, music and dance.
From the Creative Aging International website:
“We work creatively with companies, organizations and individuals worldwide developing innovative programs tailored to place and bringing together best practice for thought leadership. Our work transforms for the better how we view and approach aging – as individuals, as artists, as companies, as governments and as societies.”
“The mission of the Guild is to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. We accomplish this by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. Through these actions, the Guild aims to address our country’s widening opportunity gap.”
Creative Aging Focus:
The National Guild’s Catalyzing Creative Aging program is a multi-phase initiative designed to support the establishment of new creative aging programs at nonprofit arts education organizations nationwide. The program is designed and presented in partnership with Lifetime Arts and will provide group training, one-on-one coaching, and funding to community arts education organizations.
From the NASAA site:
[NASAA] is the professional association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA is a national, not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that champions public support for the arts in America.
Together, NASAA and the state arts agencies advance the arts as an essential ingredient in the well-being and prosperity of our nation’s individuals, communities and families. State Arts Agencies (SAAs) support lifelong learning in the arts, and with NASAA’s leadership have begun to prioritize creative aging programming as core to their work.
“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.”
Creative Aging Focus:
Lifetime Arts’ exclusive and in-depth focus on building the capacity of organizations that serve (or should serve) older adults to develop, implement and sustain arts education programs for older adults in community settings and online. Acknowledged as the national experts in the field, they develop and disseminate best practices, training, professional development and major cross sector partnerships at the national, state and local level.
“Grantmakers in the Arts is a national association of public and private arts funders – providing members with resources and leadership to support artists and arts organizations.”
Creative Aging Focus:
Creative aging has become an important area of examination by Grantmakers in the Arts. They have supported and hosted multiple creative aging presentations at their conferences.