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New York 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 Focus:

An early supporter of lifelong learning, NYSCA was one of the first arts council in the U.S. to expand their Arts in Education program to include instructional arts programs for older adults. They have supported multiple trainings and seed programming projects throughout the state. In 2020, in collaboration with the NY State Office for the Aging, through a grant to Lifetime Arts, they established a cross-sector alliance to serve older adults through arts education.

New York State Office for the Aging

“The New York State Office for the Aging’s (NYSOFA’s) home and community-based programs provide older adults with access to a well-planned, coordinated package of in-home and other supportive services designed to support and supplement informal care. NYSOFA’s overall goal is to improve access to, and availability of, appropriate and cost-effective non-medical support services for older individuals to maximize their ability to age in their community and avoid higher levels of care and publicly financed care. NYSOFA achieves this through our network of 59 area agencies on aging.”

Creative Aging Focus:

NYSOFA recognizes the importance of creative aging programming as an antidote to social isolation of older adults. Their 2020-2021 collaboration with the State’s Council on the Arts is a national model for cross-sector state level support of older adult services.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

“Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.”

Creative Aging Focus:

The National Endowment for the Arts has long been a supporter of creative aging. They were one of the sponsors of Gene Cohen’s research, which was published in 2006 (“Creativity and Aging”). In addition to sponsoring multiple studies, forums and conferences around the arts and aging, the NEA has also funded many programs and efforts to build the field.

Boston Age Strong Commission

“We envision a city that embraces aging. Our mission is to enhance the lives of people 55+ with meaningful programs, resources, and connections so together we can live and age strong in Boston.”

Creative Aging Focus:

Age Strong initiatied a successful creative aging pilot with funding from Goddard House, a non-profit senior service organization. They partnererd with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and engaged Lifetime Arts to train teaching artists and community organizations to design and implement programs for older adults.