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Artful Aging: How the Arts Are Transforming Aging

Monday, October 19, 10:00am – 11:30am

Cordoban, Mezzanine Level

Organized by Teresa Bonner, Program Director, Vitality + Arts, Aroha Philanthropies.

Presented by Beth Bienvenu, Director, Office for Accessibility, National Endowment for the Arts; Teresa Bonner, Program Director, Vitality + Arts, Aroha Philanthropies; and Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO, Lifetime Arts.

The creative aging movement is building momentum at the local, regional, and national levels, and successful programs are emerging and growing. This year, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging hosted the Summit on Creative Aging in America, a Pre-Conference to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Also this year, Aroha Philanthropies convened two groups of grantmakers in Palo Alto and Minneapolis to learn about the emerging field of artful or creative aging, discuss what the field needs in order to thrive, and how philanthropy can accelerate its development. This session will showcase the latest cross-sector partnerships and philanthropic efforts that are leveraging the creative arts to improve the quality of life and health of older adults. As part of the session, master teaching artist Annie Montgomery will create an interactive arts learning experience drawn from successful programs created for older adults.