New Jersey State Council on the Arts: Creative Aging Communities of Practice

Project Description


Leveraging the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’s role in the state as a connector, a partner and an advocate positions the agency to develop a deep and collaborative network of creative aging service providers and teaching artists. This provides additional opportunities for New Jersey senior citizens to be engaged in creative aging activities, to develop artistic skills and creative techniques, and to deepen community social engagement. It will also help the state’s teaching artists learn new skills and access new opportunities working with New Jersey senior citizens. The goals of the Creative Aging Communities of Practice are to bring senior-focused art programs and practitioners together, align understanding of best practices, and provide training for teaching artists and service providers. To do so, this program will undertake a three-pronged approach: forming and facilitating a Creative Aging Community of Practice for professionals from a variety of senior service and creative aging backgrounds to meet regularly and discuss topics of mutual relevance; developing an online knowledge bank of creative aging best practices and resources; and offering the Creative Aging Learning Lab (CALLab) to teaching artists and senior service providers in a cohort-based,12-month professional development program.