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In-person, Virtual, Onsite, Offsite, and Blended: Making Responsive Programs Happen for Older Adults

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One of the many lessons we learned from the pandemic is that remote/virtual programming is a viable (and likely ongoing) method for program delivery. Whether offered onsite or remotely, all successful creative aging programs have something in common: they are responsive to the communities they serve.

By listening and learning, teaching artists and arts organization staff across the country are implementing inclusive programs where all older adults can build lasting friendships and create honest and meaningful art.

Queering Community Through Intergenerational Arts Experiences in the Museum.

“Stay Gold” is an intergenerational arts program for LGBTQIA+ people, that the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson has offered for several years. In this article the three individuals who contributed to the design and implementation of the program describe their effort to assess the program from the perspective of the participants.

Through in-depth interviews they tried to learn how such programs build museums’ capacities to work with “marginalized audiences” and how participants can build cross-age relationships through art-making experiences.

The article is important as a discussion of a successful LGBTQIA+ creative aging program that: (1) connects generations while building community, and (2) that has been institutionalized. It is also an important example of an LGBTQIA+ program assessment that can help MOCA Tucson and other museums refine their programs for a growing constituency.