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2021 Creative Aging Institute

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String Singalong at the Schoodic Arts For All Festival, Prospect Harbor, Maine.

2021 Creative Aging Institute

Virtual | July 20 - 28, 2021

NASAA’s Creative Aging Institute provides online professional development focused on trends and topics in creative aging for all 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. The Creative Aging Institute equips you with the inspiration and information you need to be a successful creative aging leader and champion in your state. All state and jurisdictional arts agency and regional arts organization staff and council members are invited to participate, as are state and national partner organizations with an interest in creative aging.



NASAA is offering the Creative Aging Institute free of charge, to make the learning accessible to participants.




The 2021 Creative Aging Institute takes place online via Zoom video conference. See the agenda for session details.


Featured Keynote

Ashton Applewhite

Nationally renowned anti-ageism activist and author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism Ashton Applewhite is the 2021 Creative Aging Institute keynote speaker! This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism charts Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging advocate, debunking harmful myths and stereotypes about aging along the way. The manifesto was listed as one of the “100 Best Books to Read at Every Age” by The Washington Post, and named one of “10 Books to Help You Foster a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace” by Forbes. In her time with NASAA’s Creative Aging Institute, Applewhite will look at ageism from a variety of angles: from discrimination in the workplace to the cost of the all-American myth of independence and the misinformed portrayal of older people as burdens to society.


For More Information

Contact NASAA Arts Learning Projects Director Susan Oetgen.

Banner image: Peyton Scott Russell’s creative aging course at the Minneapolis Institute of Art