Organization Type: Other Professional Org

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

IMLS is a federal agency. “The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.”

Creative Aging Focus:

IMLS supported several creative aging programs including Creative Aging in New York’s Libraries and Creative Aging in America’s Libraries. Both were multi-year, multi-library and multi-state initiatives that provided training, technical assistance and seed programming.

Grantmakers in Health

“Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community’s knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.”

Creative Aging Focus:

Grantmakers in Health includes creative aging resources and publishes articles, as well as information and opportunities, focusing on the arts and healthy aging.

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)

“COSLA is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its purpose is to provide leadership on issues of common concern and national interest; to further state library agency relationships with federal government and national organizations; and to initiate cooperative action for the improvement of library services to the people of the United States.”

Creative Aging Focus:

COSLA, in collaboration with Lifetime Arts, promotes creative aging to state libraries through webinars, live presentations, surveys and partnership development efforts.

American Library Association (ALA)

“The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is ‘to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.'”

Creative Aging Focus:

The ALA’s Public Programs Office has partnered with Lifetime Arts to host two pre-conferences at the annual ALA conference. ALA/PPO partnered with Lifetime Arts and Westchester Library System for the IMLS National Leadership projects in 2011 and 2014. Programming Library, their online journal, hosted multiple blogs highlighting library-based creative aging programs from all over the U.S.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

“The American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies. Since 1906 the Alliance has been a leader in developing best practices and advocating for museums, as well as providing a host of opportunities to museum staff and volunteers. More than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners benefit from the work of the Alliance.”

Creative Aging Focus:

The Alliance is collaborating with Aroha Philanthropies and Lifetime Arts to usher a museum cohort through their creative aging program, Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums. Twenty museums are participating and you can follow their stories on the Alliance’s Ad Summa blog, which aims for the highest and best exploration of arts and aging, with a focus on museum practice.