You Are Looking at a Happy Man: Older Adults Thrive in Creative Aging Programs

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“You are looking at a happy man!
I am in a good mood, I’m not depressed, I am looking forward to life in general because of this experience.”

— Matthew Carlino, Brooklyn, NY

Creative aging programs use the arts to improve the quality of life for older adults.

In the video below, Mr. Carlino and his friends from the Bay Ridge Library in Brooklyn, NY talk about how participating in our free, fine arts workshops is fun, social, and makes them feel good about life:

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Since 2008, we have engaged thousands of older adults in our programs, connected them to the arts and each other, and sparked new ways of thinking and living.

This game-changing work is redefining what it means to grow older in America.
Please support us as we expand our offerings from 4 to 12 states in 2014.

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$500,000 Federal Grant for Expansion of Creative Aging Programs in 22 Library Systems Across 12 States

SECOND NATIONAL LEADERSHIP GRANT AWARDED TO LIFETIME ARTS & WLS

Westchester County, NY — Lifetime Arts, Inc. and Westchester Library System (WLS) announced today their receipt of a $500,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Creative Aging in America’s Libraries extends the work of Creative Aging in New York State Public Libraries, which was funded with a $450,000 IMLS National Leadership grant in 2011. This work builds on the past five years of Lifetime Arts’ work with public library systems and teaching artists to improve the lives of older adults through arts instruction.

Designed to improve, expand and sustain creative aging programs in public libraries AND position libraries as community cornerstones for positive aging, the Creative Aging in America’s Libraries project will serve up to 150 librarians in 22 library systems across 12 states who will form the inaugural cohort of Lifetime Arts Affiliates. Major project partners include AARP Foundation and Selfhelp Community Services.

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A recent Lifetime Arts creative aging program at Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library

Increasingly recognized as an important contributor to positive aging efforts, the field of creative aging focuses on the beneficial and powerful role of participatory arts education in enhancing the quality of life for older adults. American librarians have lacked arts-based program models, exposure to new knowledge on aging, and the resources required to offer sustainable, interactive programs. Now, with Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building initiative, they will have access to expert technical assistance and peer support necessary to create meaningful programming for the growing and increasingly diverse aging American population.

Creative Aging in America’s Libraries will provide a practical, replicable and sustainable approach for transforming older adult library services to align with new knowledge, societal priorities and collaborative practice. As members of the Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, librarians will participate in in-depth training, receive ongoing technical assistance, participate in a national peer network and receive support to implement programs in their communities.

The first cohort of Affiliates will include public libraries in: Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe, AZ; Sacramento and San Diego, CA; Boulder and Pikes Peak, CO; Hartford and New Haven, CT; Miami-Dade, FL; Portland, ME; Boston and Somerville, MA; Brooklyn, Westchester and Queens in NY; Cuyahoga and Dayton-Metro, OH; Beaverton City, Cedar Mill and North Plains, OR; Allegheny County and Philadelphia, PA; and Seattle, WA.

Acknowledging the award, Lifetime Arts CEO and co-founder Maura O’Malley said,

“This significant grant from IMLS will help catalyze a major shift in how public libraries across the country respond to the needs and interests of older patrons. Along with our national partners, library colleagues and collaborating artists, we are eager to get to work and begin the institutionalization of creative aging programs across the country.”

Westchester Library System Executive Director Terry Kirchner added,

“Westchester Library System is so pleased to continue to champion creative aging in public libraries. Continued support from IMLS and this national expansion of the Lifetime Arts model is an important milestone for all of us who are concerned with the role of America’s libraries as centers for positive aging.”

About Westchester Library System

The Westchester Library System (WLS) includes 38 member public libraries located throughout the County and is one of New York State’s 23 public library systems. The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. For more information, please visit http://www.westchesterlibraries.org.

About Lifetime Arts

Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization working nationally to promote the creation, expansion and sustainability of professionally conducted arts programs for older adults. Lifetime Arts has gained national recognition as a major contributor to the development of creative aging policies, best practices, and information services, artists training resources, technical assistance, and advocacy.

For more information about Lifetime Arts visit www.lifetimearts.org, call (914) 355-2304, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Visit www.creativeagingtoolkit.org to learn how to plan, implement, evaluate and sustain creative aging programs in a public library setting.

Lifetime Arts Awarded $85K Grant by The Michelson Foundation in Support of Capacity Development Project

Improving the lives of today’s older adults – an ever-growing segment of the U.S. population who will soon number 77 million and who definitely don’t identify as “old” – is a gargantuan task. “Creative aging” programs – professionally led arts workshops aimed at people 55+, facilitate skill-building, promote social engagement and are making a difference in the lives of older adults.

Lifetime Arts’ exclusive and extensive work in developing and delivering successful, creative aging programs has attracted the generous support of the Michelson Foundation whose mission is to promote creative and fulfilling lives.

For adults in their ‘encore’ years, arts participation can open the creative spirit, build social engagement, encourage new skills and bring joy. The Michelson Foundation is pleased to support Lifetime Arts’ valuable work in bringing the power of the arts to many more older adults across the country,” said Foundation President Ellen Michelson.

With their signature program, The Creative Aging Libraries Project, The Creative Aging Roster and the newly launched Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries, Lifetime Arts has emerged as a leader in the field of creative aging. This $85,000 one-year grant will strengthen the organization’s capacity in the strategic areas of Communications and Development.

The Lifetime Arts Capacity Development Project will provide enhanced staffing and consultant resources and will enable the New York-based, non-profit to maintain the highest professional standards while expanding services and programs nationally. Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO offered the following in gratitude and recognition from the Michelson Foundation:

The Michelson Foundation’s commitment to performing arts education and positive aging are a natural fit with Lifetime Arts’ mission to encourage creative aging by promoting the inclusion of creative and positive aging programs in organizations that serve older adults. We are thrilled to receive this generous award and are very grateful that it will allow us to respond to the growing demand for our work across the country.

In addition to supporting strategic communications and development plans; the grant will help launch a Lifetime Arts press kit; enhance the organization’s website; and develop additional Creative Aging Toolkits to serve senior centers, arts and cultural organizations and other creative aging stakeholders.

About The Michelson Foundation
The mission of the Michelson Foundation is to promote creative and fulfilling lives.

About Lifetime Arts
Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization working nationally to promote the creation, expansion and sustainability of professionally conducted arts programs for older adults. Through a variety of services and initiatives, Lifetime Arts provides practical support and resources to organizations that serve older adults. Lifetime Arts has gained national recognition as a major contributor to the development of creative aging policies, best practices, and information services, artists training resources, technical assistance, and advocacy. For more information about Lifetime Arts visit http://www.lifetimearts.org, call (914) 355-2304, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Contact:
Maura O’Malley
Lifetime Arts, Inc.
(914) 355-2304
momalley@lifetimearts.org