Subject Term: Creative Aging Model

Art Therapy: Enhancing the Lives of Older Adults

From the toolkit:

Art can be a powerful activity for older adults. For many seniors art is a lifelong passion, for others, art is a hobby that they never had the time to pursue. No matter the situation, having an art program in your community can contribute substantially to the overall quality of life of your residents.

Transforming Community: The Art of Active Aging

From the YouTube Video Description:

In this lively talk, Tim discusses the cutting edge developments in programming toward senior health, creativity and civic engagement. He presents case studies of seniors who have engaged in new lifestyles in later life and experienced profound advances in health, longevity and life satisfaction. Anecdotal stories are tied to research that shows that aging can be a window to opportunity, a second act, a natural progression through the phases in adult development – and a key to a happier, fuller later life.

National Guild for Community Arts Education Benchmarking Data Report 2019

From the National Guild for Community Arts Education site:

The latest edition of the National Guild’s Benchmarking Data Report is now available! This report contains a wealth of data—on staff and faculty compensation, instructional fees, income and expense ratios, and more—that can inform your planning and budgeting and help funders and policy makers better understand the needs and impact of our field. The data, gathered from 179 Guild member organizations, is presented in easy to read charts and tables.

For the first time, the report also includes sections on racial equity, creative aging, and analysis of salary information by organization type, type of community served, and organizational budget size.

Data was collected in 2019 before the pandemic and this summer’s uprising and call to reckoning about structural racism and anti-Black violence. This means that the data provides a valuable snapshot of where the community arts education field was just before these transformational events.

Accessing the Report

The 2019 Benchmarking Data Report is available to all Guild members that participated in the survey, free of charge. For access, contact programs@nationalguild.org.

The report is also available for purchase. Guild members receive a discounted rate (Guild membership is currently “pay what you can”).

Creative Aging 101: Older Adult Learners

In this video, Lifetime Arts trainer, Abigail Jefferson, introduces applicable to teaching older adults that inform best practices in creative aging program design. Additionally, she presents considerations and adaptations that may need to be implemented to accommodate the learning needs of older adults.

Creative Aging 101: Overview of the Field

Lifetime Arts trainer, Vinny Mraz, discusses the rapidly shifting demographics of the older adult population and the related implications; the three areas of practice in the field; and the cross-sector collaboration required to support wellness and combat social isolation through arts education.