Arts and Aging

As arts audiences grow older, there is increasing demand for quality arts programming for older adults. In partnership with Grantmakers in Aging and Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers in the Arts has been involved in the growing movement for arts and aging. In 2011, GIA hosted a Thought Leader Forum on Arts and Aging, which brought together frontrunners in funding health, wellness, and the arts and aging fields with arts and aging practitioners, researchers, and other experts to explore their common ground and the benefits of working together.

October 5, 2017 by Monica
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), with the generous support of the Bush Foundation, has announced the release of its arts and creative aging toolkit to be sent to every elder care facility and local arts agency in North Dakota and South Dakota, 300 elder care activities coordinators in Minnesota, and every state arts agency in the country. Reaching 1,200 organizations, it is one of the largest efforts of its kind. Read More...
June 9, 2017 by admin
I pulled my car out of the driveway and parked in front of my neighbors’ house across the street. A few moments later, my friend, Marvin Morales, a thirty-one-year-old Guatemalan PhD student in biology at the University of Florida, opened the door. His right arm hung across his shirtless torso in a navy-blue sling. Across his collarbone there was a rectangular piece of gauze. I asked Marvin how he was feeling. Not good, he said. The pain in his shoulder had kept him up most of the night. Read More...
June 9, 2017 by admin
I was privileged to have facilitated GIA’s Funder Forum on Arts in Medicine this past February in Orlando, Florida. In that role, I had the opportunity to listen to and learn from the gathered practitioners and funders. Since then, I have reflected on what for me was an exceptional day of sharing and exchange that I think benefited both the participants and the growing arts-in-medicine field. Here is some of what emerged. Read More...
June 9, 2017 by admin
One of the key issues of our time is health care. We know that it is complicated because of its vast scale of services and intimate reach into every life, family, and community in this country. The search for access to high-quality health care for millions of Americans is often difficult. Medical advances of the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries have extended the life span, cured pandemic diseases like polio, and have made it possible to manage chronic illnesses once debilitating. Read More...
March 4, 2016 by admin
The following is an abridged report prepared for Grantmakers in the Arts from The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, held in collaboration with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging on May 18, 2015, at the National Endowment for the Arts. The summit was co-presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging. Read More...
July 9, 2015 by admin
A Personal Experience Informs Philanthropy Read More...
September 25, 2014 by admin
Old people have danced forever. We just forgot that for a time.— Liz Lerman In June, Ellen Michelson, president of Aroha Philanthropies, and I attended the first National Leadership Exchange of the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, D.C. It was an extraordinary conference, filled with inspiration and information on this emerging field. Read More...
September 3, 2013 by admin
September 2013, 9 pages. Grantmakers In Health, 1100 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 452-8331, gih.org. Download:    Innovative Crossroads: The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging (221 Kb) Read More...
March 18, 2013 by admin
36 pages, February 2013. National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20506. (202) 682-5400. http://arts.gov/ Download: Read More...
May 12, 2012 by admin
116 pages, May 2012. Partners for Livable Communities, 1429 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-5990 www.livable.org. Download:    Stories for Change (2.5Mb) Read More...