2021 Creative Aging Institute

NASAA’s Creative Aging Institute provided online professional development focused on trends and topics in creative aging for all 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. The Creative Aging Institute equipped 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 were invited to participate, as were state and national partner organizations with an interest in creative aging.



The 2021 Creative Aging Institute took 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 was 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 looked 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.



Learn more about all of the Creative Aging Institute speakers.


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