The State of Our Art: A Review of Theories Used in Intergenerational Program Research (2003–2014) and Ways Forward


This article conveys the process and results of the authors’ examination of 10 years of recent research on intergenerational programs. Their core question was whether and how, “theory is being used in the field of intergenerational practice.” They review a variety of theoretical perspectives and how they were used. They also consider how more theoretical understanding could inform the field and recommend some research directions. The report provides a grounding in the varied theories that influence design of programs. It could be helpful to anyone considering developing, reshaping, or improving an intergenerational program, including an arts program.

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subject terms

Creative Aging

Creative Aging > Arts Education

Creative Aging > Creative Aging Model

Creative Aging > Intergenerational Programming

Creative Aging > Program Models

Creative Aging > Skills Mastery


Valerie Kuehne

Julie Melville

related organizations

University of Alberta

University of Victoria

resource type

Articles and Blog Posts




Canada, Intergenerational, Research