Older adults have vital contributions to make to society as creators and community members. Abundant evidence shows that arts participation improves the emotional well-being of older adults, supports good health, strengthens social bonds, and brings a heightened experience of purpose and joy to our lives as we mature. However, older adults all too often experience the effects of ageism, isolation and limited access to meaningful arts learning experiences. State arts agencies can help to address these gaps by facilitating creative aging programming as an antidote to isolation, an affirmation of life and a pathway to flourishing for older adults.
NASAA expresses sincere appreciation to E.A. Michelson Philanthropy for its partnership as well as financial support of the States Leading Creative Aging and Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging initiatives. We salute E.A. Michelson Philanthropy’s visionary advocacy on behalf of the creative capacity of adults 55 and better. NASAA also thanks Lifetime Arts for its leadership and expertise in propagating exemplary creative aging practices nationwide.
Young@Heart Chorus; photo courtesy of Young@Heart. Explore their concert footage on YouTube
Photo courtesy of Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
Teaching artist Sangue Mboup with participants and family members after a New Jersey workshop in African drumming; photo by Erik James Montgomery
Playwriting with the Delaware Theatre Company; photo by Moonloop Photography
Utah artists at Sunshine Terrace; photo by Maria Ellen Huebner
A creative aging design class at ARCHbeta; photo by Ryan Leighton, courtesy of Maine Arts Commission
Delaware Art Museum’s adult education program; photo courtesy of Delaware Division of the Arts