During week eight of the LGBTQIA+ creative aging program, “Stay Gold,” offered at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson, COVID-19 hit and forced the museum to shut down. This article focuses on how the program was able to shift to an online format and maintain the real-time connection and social artmaking experience with older adult learners.
In this interview with Lifetime Arts trainer and teaching artist, Antonia Perez, she talks about how an interaction she had with a group of children where she taught them how to paint a public mural led to her teaching painting and drawing to local small community groups. Her intergenerational teaching artist experiences led her down the path of Creative Aging, as she worked as an artist-in-residence in the hospital setting, first with children and then later with adults who had life-threatening diseases. Antonia also shares her most memorable moments, her advice for other teaching artists, the most satisfying parts of this work, and more.
In this interview, Lifetime Arts’ Education Associate and theater artist, Julie Kline, who began her creative work with younger children, talks about how her experience with working with an intergenerational theater company, Roots & Branches Theater, led her to working creatively with older adults. She also shares an experience from one of her classes that demonstrates the benefits of Creative Aging for older adults.
This toolkit was developed by Generations United and the Leading Age LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from the RRF Foundation for Aging (formerly the Retirement Research Foundation). It was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities.