Lifetime Arts Receives $50,000 Grant from Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation for Creative Aging Programs in Westchester Libraries

The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation has awarded Lifetime Arts, Inc. a grant to  support their partnership with the Westchester Library System (WLS) –  Creative Aging in New York State Public Libraries: a Regional Model with National Applicability. This two year project, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services also includes the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library, and the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in upstate New York.  The initiative will serve up to 1,000 older adults through instructional arts programs in up to 60 libraries in these four demographically diverse public library systems. Funding from the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation  significantly increases the number of projects that will be funded in Westchester libraries.  Beginning in the spring of 2012 Lifetime Arts will begin orientations sessions for Westchester libraries which will allow them to apply for funds which will support instructional arts workshops (in all disciplines) led by professional teaching artists. These sessions will foster mastery and promote meaningful social engagement—two key ingredients for positive aging.


2 thoughts on “Lifetime Arts Receives $50,000 Grant from Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation for Creative Aging Programs in Westchester Libraries

  1. Have recently moved to Dobbs Ferry in Westchester and attempted participating in a recent call for writing pieces. Would like to know if my work can be used in the NYC library system as well and how to go about doing so. The local library said they probably would not use my work because it included other libraries and not just theirs. Please advise. A copy of my piece “My Love Affair With NY Libraries” can be sent if requested. Thank you. ( I believe they are a part of this program and made the call on this initiative)

    • Hello Matilda, thank you for the question. Lifetime Arts has been working with libraries to develop instructional arts programs for older adults. Unfortunately, we do not have any information about calls for writing pieces nor the initiative that you are referring to. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions or concerns at or 914-355-2304. Thanks!

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