Program Site Type: Senior Centers

Creative Aging: Enriching the Lives of Older Adults Through Arts Education

“Enriching the Lives of Older Adults through Arts Education,” explains what creative aging programming is about, underscores the value of employing professional teaching artists whose curricula and teaching style provide a socially-supportive learning environment, and demonstrates the positive impact that these programs have on the older adults who participate.

Produced and edited by Annie Montgomery and Jacqueline DuMont for Lifetime Arts.
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Dances for a Variable Population performers dance in unison.

Partnerships Key to Sustainability for Dances for a Variable Population

Through clear and innovative programming, active demonstration of program benefits, and equal investment in their community of teaching artists and participants, Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) has been able to build successful, lasting relationships with a variety of partner organizations. These partnerships have formed the backbone of their programming, and sustained them throughout the 15 years of their existence.

Dave Johnson, Teaching Artist

In this interview with poet and teaching artist, Dave Johnson, he talks about how he got started as a teaching artist at Poets House, a poetry library in New York City. His teaching artist career led him to teaching poetry workshops to older adults in Brooklyn libraries, but mostly in senior centers, day centers, nursing homes and live-in facilities. Dave also shares his experiences working with older adults, along with the skills, challenges, surprises and rewards.

Bernie D’Ettorre, Teaching Artist

In this interview, visual artist Bernie D’Ettorre talks about how she began teaching art classes to Alzheimer’s patients at area art galleries. This led to her teaching Creative Aging classes to senior groups at nursing homes. Bernie also shares her advice for teaching older adults, along with the challenges and rewards that come with this work.