I’m an arts organization or museum, and I want to start a creative aging program…

There are a couple of things you can do!

First, check out all toolkits we listed from a variety of creative aging experts that can help you design and implement a programs. From there if you are interested in further training then feel free to reach out the NCCA and we will be happy to discuss ways we can support you or find others who can!

Looking for inspiration? Then go to our Creative Aging Directory. There you will find arts and aging programs from across the United States serving a variety of people in different settings.

You can also reach out to your state agency staff member responsible for creative aging listed on the Find an Arts Agency Page

Where on earth do I find funding? 

Great Question! Creative aging programs can be funded in a variety of ways – through individuals donations to foundations and government agencies to corporations. We recommend exploring federal and state grants that exist in the intersection between arts and aging. For inspiration on what’s been awarded at The National Endowment for the Arts check out their grant database that can be found here: https://apps.nea.gov/grantsearch/ Other federal funding resources: National Endowment for the Humanities and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

We also recommend checking out Aroha Philanthropies, and their “Seeding Vital Aging” initiative.   Finally, the Foundation Center is a great place to start in your quest for funding. Not only do they have an extensive database of grantmakers they also have terrific tools on how to create a knock-out proposal!

Have a resource or funding opportunity you would like the field to know about it? Let us know at info@creativeaging.org!

I am an artist, and I want to work in the field of creative aging…

We are so delighted that you want to work in this field. You’ll definitely need training. Go to your state arts agency first, and see if they are providing any training. If not, a good place to start is with our free online-teaching artist training. From there check out our creative aging friends under resources, and see if they have any upcoming trainings.  They all offer a variety of training’s throughout the year and could have just what you are looking for.  Can’t find what you need? Then give us a call at 202-895-9456!

I work with older adults, and I want bring a creative aging program to my facility…

This is terrific news. Check first with your state arts agency and see if that have any resources that can support your program, and then check out Lifetime Arts National Teaching Artist Roster to see if there is an artist near by that can help you start a program! Looking for more resources or training? Then feel free to call us at 202-895-9456.