Lifetime Arts: Delivering Arts Education Programs for Today’s Older Adults


Now in its fifth year, the Creative Aging Public Libraries Project is a demonstration and capacity-building program that supports collaborations between professional teaching artists and public libraries resulting in free instructional arts programs for older adults. The program has been developed by Lifetime Arts, a national nonprofit organization based in New York, in partnership with eight major library systems in four states. To build the capacity of libraries to initiate, develop, and sustain creative aging programming, Lifetime Arts provides incentive grants to select library system partners and employs a replicable program model and approach that includes professional development, ongoing technical assistance, and access to resources for participating librarians, library administrators, artists, and other partners.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Purpose

Aging & Longevity > Vitality & Wellness

Creative Aging

Creative Aging > Creative Aging Model

Creative Aging > Creative Expression


Shannon McDonough

related organizations

American Library Association (ALA)

Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries

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Gene D. Cohen