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Love in a Cold Climate: Creative Ageing in Finland

From the report details:

How is Finland approaching the creative and cultural rights of and provision for older people? This report is aimed at practitioners such as artists and carers, as well as policy makers and funders anywhere in the world with an interest in what more can be done to support older people, especially vulnerable older people, to take part in culture and creativity. It includes a set of 18 case studies, as well as useful information about the Finnish context and reflections in relation to the field of creative aging in the UK.

Wyoming Community Foundation

“For 30 years the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) has connected people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. WYCF has granted over $70 million to charitable causes while also providing a variety of supports to our nonprofit agency fund holders.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2020, Wyoming Community Foundation granted $20,000 to the Wyoming State Arts Council to support a comprehensive creative aging training (teaching artists and librarians) program and seed grants providing 40 programs around the state. Other funders included the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.

Westchester Community Foundation

“The Westchester Community Foundation is a division of The New York Community Trust, which has been helping New Yorkers achieve results through philanthropy since 1924. We work with our donor-advisors to broaden their philanthropic horizons to support the causes and issues they care deeply about.”

Creative Aging Focus:

Westchester Community Foundation has supported creative aging programming through Lifetime Arts, offering workshop series in senior centers, LGBT service organizations and faith based community organizations.

The New York Community Trust

“The New York Community Trust (NYCT) connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2018, NYCT identified creative aging as an important area in NYC for increased investment. They invited Lifetime Arts, Hunter College Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and LiveOn NY (a senior advocacy organization) to work together to develop recommendations to advance creative aging in NYC.

MetLife Foundation

“Since its founding in 1976, MetLife Foundation has contributed more than $860 million to build stronger communities.”

Creative Aging Focus:

In 2011, MetLife Foundation’s arts and older adults departments joined forces and supported the expansion of Lifetime Arts Public Library Initiative to TX, FL and MA.

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

“Created in 1989, the Trust stewards the charitable intentions of May and Stanley Smith beyond their lifetimes. The Trust’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan aims to focus, deepen, and enhance our efforts to achieve significant, lasting, positive changes that promote well-being for individuals and communities.”

Creative Aging Focus:

The Smith Charitable Trust supports older adults in the western states and has provide general operating support to Lifetime Arts for their creative aging programs in public libraries through two major grants between 2011 and 2015.