Spotlight Archive

Point of View: Why Creative Aging? It’s More Than Personal—It’s Societal.

September 8, 2021

In this article, Lifetime Arts CEO and Co-founder, Maura O’Malley, shares how navigating the senior care system for her creative aunt in her eighties expanded her interest in educational arts programming for older adults, how Lifetime Arts’ approach has continued these efforts decades later, and how museums can impact their communities through creative aging programs.

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Two older adult participants and a teaching artist smile and admire a finished photography project.

Landmark Creative Aging Report Issued by AAM is a Call to Change the Narrative on Aging

June 7, 2021

Opening with an overview of aging and ageism in our country, this report commissioned by the American Alliance of Museums documents actions being taken to foster positive aging, and profiles the work of museums providing creative aging programming.

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Cover art: Museums and Creative Aging: A Healthful Partnership

Dismantling Ageism Key to a Healthy Society (Audio + Transcript)

March 21, 2021

What does ageism have to do with creative aging? Everything. Lifetime Arts co-founder and CEO, Maura O’Malley, and writer and anti-ageism activist, Ashton Applewhite, discuss the work they have done, separately and together, to demonstrate that older people are interesting, capable, creative, active, and relevant.

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Line drawing of two people clasping hands in solidarity.

Careful Planning, Continuous Refinement, Innovative Solutions for Online Programming in San Juan, PR

January 28, 2021

Our latest case study highlights Museo de Historia, Antropología, y Arte in San Juan, who delivered a new, fully-online visual arts program, La Vida es un Arte 2.0, (Life is an Art Form 2.0) during strict COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown measures. Through careful planning and continuous refinement, the hands-on museum staff worked through the challenges of remote delivery format, internet access stability, technical support, and delivering an engaging culminating event online.

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Screenshot of a 3-D, augmented art exhibition.

Art Made By Older Adults Looks Like ART

October 9, 2020

Older adults who have participated in creative aging programs have created some memorable and impressive artwork over the years. In this article, we highlight a selection of participant art and the creative aging programs that inspired their creativity.

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Collaborative project by participants at The Field Library in Peekskill, NY

Creative Aging During COVID-19

October 8, 2020

When COVID-19 forced lockdown orders this past spring, professionals working in creative aging and arts education mobilized to discuss the pandemic’s impact on older adults and on the arts community. This article highlights these groups who covered topics such as alleviating social isolation for older adults, teaching artist employment, organizational capacity, innovative programming, online access and technology support, and funding.

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LaGuardia Senior Center student, Margaret Yuen, sharing her pop-up memory book, “A Prosperous Family全家福,” Margaret used materials found around her home to create this pop-up using Spica Wobbe and Karen Oughred's instructional videos. Credit: The Memory Project: Storytelling through Visual Arts, Theater and Puppetry

As Programming Goes, So Does Training (Online)

October 8, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 has forced professionals in the creative aging field to navigate an entirely new virtual reality of professional development training by using innovative approaches to adapt the creative aging model for successful remote delivery. This article highlights the remote training and professional development work that teaching artists and organizations have accomplished during the pandemic.

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A live creative aging training in New York City, delivered by Lifetime Arts' Annie Montgomery and Antonia Perez.

Case Studies Offer a Crash Course in Creative Aging

October 6, 2020

One of the surest (and fastest) ways to understand exactly what creative aging programming is all about is to review short cases highlighting exemplary programs offered by a wide array of organizations that serve older adults. Browse this first series to learn how community educators in museums, public library systems, senior centers, arts organizations, and arts service organizations are combating social isolation and ageism through arts education.

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A group of four older adults, black and white, sit at a table and work on beading projects with teaching artist, Big Chief Darryl Montana, at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans
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