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Seeding Artful Aging

Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Artful Aging initiative grants nearly $500,000 to 15 nonprofits to expand artful aging programs in the U.S. 

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS, MNAroha Philanthropies has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to 15 nonprofits through its “Seeding Artful Aging” initiative to develop and enhance successful Artful Aging programs throughout the U.S.

Chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 200 applicants, the 15 selected organizations will form the first cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha in this exciting initiative to expand Artful Aging opportunities, awareness, and impact.

Grant awards range from $17,000 to $50,000 and will fund innovative programs to run between January 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.

Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. Successful Artful Aging programs are driven by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

The 15 selected grantees and their funded programs include:

Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
Experience/Arts in New Hampshire’s North Country
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Integrace Fairhaven
Cultivating Creativity
Sykesville, Maryland

Johnson City Public Library
Fullness of Time: Exploring the Arts and the Gifts of Aging
Johnson City, Tennessee

Keshet Dance Company
Fine Wine Dance (Moving FWD)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Minnesota Opera
Voices of Opera
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Newark Museum
Creative Aging at the Newark Museum
Newark, New Jersey

Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
Growing Art-FULL!
St. Cloud, Minnesota

School One
Working Stories
Providence, Rhode Island

Silicon Valley Creates
ShakeXperience: Life Experience Meets Classic Texts
San Jose, California

Space One Eleven
Art in the Making
Birmingham, Alabama

Taller Puertorriqueño
Imagine the Possibilities
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Storytelling: Poetry, Stage, and Song
New York, New York

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Create at The Carle: Art Classes for Adults
Amherst, Massachusetts

United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation
Story Lines: Sharing Life Experiences with the Generations through Art, Music and Drama
Chelsea, Michigan

YMCA of Rock River Valley
YMCA Senior Arts Project (Y-SNAP)
Rockford, Illinois

Aroha Philanthropies is delighted to partner with these organizations to advance the Artful Aging movement nationally.

Grantees will collaborate with Aroha to document their effectiveness and share that information widely in order to:

  • demonstrate the power and impact of Artful Aging programs to a broad national audience;
  • encourage arts and cultural organizations to develop participatory arts education programs for older adults;
  • encourage organizations that serve older adults to develop arts education programming; and
  • disseminate program implementation models.

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