Building Vermont's Creative Aging Capacity
Arts participation improves the emotional well-being of older adults, supports good health, strengthens social engagement, and brings purpose and joy to our lives as we mature. More than 9 percent of Vermonters are at least 65-years of age, and Vermont is on track to be the oldest state in the nation (65+) by 2032. Older adults in Vermont are and will continue to be vital members of our communities. A recent report from the American Alliance of Museums shows how cultural institutions can promote lifelong learning, joy and social connection for older adults.
The Creative Aging Initiative seeks to address challenges that many older Vermonters face such as isolation and limited access to meaningful arts learning experiences. In addition, older adults all too often experience the effects of ageism. The initiative seeks to develop the capacity of the state to support older adults while promoting health and wellness and social engagement through the arts. Key to this work is the development of a network that includes artists, local arts organizations, Vermont's area agencies on aging, and service providers for older adults in the state.
The initiative was born from a partnership between the Central Vermont Council on Aging and the Vermont Arts Council, and it received initial funding from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies. Learn more about support for the initiative.
Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster
The following teaching artists completed a multi-day training with Lifetime Arts, a national leader in creative aging program development. Artists worked closely with trainers around providing skill-based, sequential instructional lessons for older adults while focusing on the importance of embedding intentional social engagement opportunities into their programming.
This list is a resource for organizations looking to work with artists in their programming for older Vermonters. On the roster you’ll find artists available in your region, information about their disciplines, contact information, and links to more information about their art and teaching practices.
Professional development and program implementation support
The Council has partnered with Lifetime Arts, a national leader in creative aging program development, to offer trainings and program support for the initiative. In July 2021, Lifetime Arts trained Vermont-based teaching artists to design and deliver creative aging programs that will support older adult participants in connecting meaningfully and building relationships. Additionally, Lifetime Arts delivered an informational webinar for area agencies on aging, arts agency staff and volunteer services.
Training dates and details
No upcoming trainings.
Creative Aging Design and Development for Teaching Artists
July 19-21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
This training will provide an overview of Creative Aging Foundations and will highlight approaches to the development of skill-based, sequential instructional lessons for older adults. In addition, this course will focus on the importance of embedding intentional social engagement activities into programming and curricula. Participants will explore the subject of ageism and its impact on creative aging programming design and delivery. Teaching artists will be introduced to best practices in both in-person and remote programming.
Creative Aging Informational Webinar for Area Agencies on Aging, Arts Agency Staff and Volunteer Services
July 8 from 2-3 p.m.
In this one-hour informational webinar, area agencies on aging, arts agency staff and volunteer services learned about the history and background of the creative aging field, different areas of practice, the cross-sector nature of the work, and the first steps they can take to begin envisioning creative aging opportunities in their state.
The Creative Aging Initiative is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies.