Announcing States Leading Creative Aging: A New Partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy

May 24, 2023

In partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, NASAA is thrilled to announce the States Leading Creative Aging initiative. This new initiative will provide leadership grants of up to $100,000 to eight state arts agencies with existing creative aging programs that are poised to gain significant ground in meeting the needs of older adults in underserved communities throughout their state. Grant awards will be announced on May 31.

Additionally, the States Leading Creative Aging initiative will allow NASAA to continue providing high-quality professional development to all state and jurisdictional arts agencies, and the general public, through our annual Creative Aging Institute. State arts agencies will also directly benefit from a new suite of practical creative aging case-making resources, designed to help every state launch and sustain lifelong learning in the arts programs.

This new phase of our ongoing partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy is built upon the stunning success of the Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging initiative. To see inspiring examples of how state arts agencies catalyzed arts learning opportunities for older adults nationwide and elevated the issue of how the arts support healthy aging in America, please visit Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging. The transformative work accomplished by state arts agencies is also documented in the new Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging: Reflections on a National Initiative report. Please feel welcome to share these resources far and wide across your networks!

NASAA remains deeply grateful to our partners at E.A. Michelson Philanthropy and in state arts agencies for our continued work together in the creative aging space. Our collaboration represents a powerful and unique public-private partnership that advances equitable lifelong learning in the arts in communities across the country, and we are proud to be part of it.

For more information, contact NASAA Arts Learning Projects Director Susan Oetgen.