Delaware Division of the Arts

The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life.

Creative Aging Profile

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The Modern Maturity Center has a long history of serving the needs of all senior citizens in Kent County, Delaware. Incorporated in 1969, the services provided have grown exponentially to include an on-campus medical facility, fitness and swimming, social and theatrical events, and a home to the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In 2011 they introduced their  Early Memory Loss program, Front Porch, the first of its kind in Delaware, providing support for those dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.

As a presenting partner, staff leadership at the Modern Maturity Center of Dover were involved in the planning and execution of the 2016 Delaware Creative Aging Workshop. Information, training and resources gleaned from their participation will create new partnerships and opportunities in the arts and enhance their Front Porch programming.

Delaware Creative Aging Workshop

The Delaware Division of the Arts presented the 2016 Delaware Creative Aging Workshop in partnership with the Delaware Division of Services for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and the Modern Maturity Center (MMC). It was designed to cultivate the development of meaningful arts engagement programming to benefit Delaware’s rapidly growing aging population.

The MMC hosted the event that brought together more than 75 participants from across the state representing arts organizations, artists, and the senior care industry. All involved had an interest in stimulating healthy aging and learning more about the creative aging field.  Led by the National Center for Creative Aging, the workshop culminated with the participants developing unique action plans for creative impact in their particular settings.

Delaware Creative Aging Funding

Arts organizations receive support for creative aging activities as part of their General Operating Support (GOS) grants.

For other organizations, arts programming designed to engage teaching artists with seniors qualifies for funding consideration in the Division’s Arts Access grant category.

Resources & Tools

Delaware Creative Aging Workshop and Videos

Delaware Creative Aging Workshop resource booklet

Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Modern Maturity Center Dover, Delaware

Demographics

Over the past 10 years, Delaware has experienced a 24% growth in population by those over the age of 60

The high rate of growth is due to the fact that Delaware is an attractive place to live and retire

By 2035, it is estimated that more than 30% of the overall population will be 60 or over

Creative Aging Point Person

Paul Weagraff, Director

Paul Weagraff came to the Delaware Division of the Arts in 1997 as the Arts in Education Coordinator, after a 17-year teaching career in public and private schools. Beginning in August 2001, Mr. Weagraff assumed the position of Deputy Director, assisting in the management of the agency’s internal projects and programs. Since October 2006, Mr. Weagraff has served as the Division Director.

Mr. Weagraff holds a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University in Secondary Education (History) and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Temple University (History & Religion). Mr. Weagraff remains active as an actor in neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania, having performed with many theaters throughout the area.