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.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Adult Education

Aging & Longevity > Lifelong Learning

Aging & Longevity > Positive Aging

Aging & Longevity > Vitality & Wellness

Community Engagement

Community Engagement > Community Engagement

Community Engagement > Diversity & Inclusion

Creative Aging > Intergenerational Programming


Eli Burke

Carissa DiCindio

Harrison Orr

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MOCA Tucson

University of Arizona

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Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (AZ)



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