Creative Aging


READI to Age is an initiative of COA to expand Creative Aging training opportunities for teaching artists to work with older adult populations. As part of a grant awarded through the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and supported by the Aroha Philanthropies, COA will conduct a total of three (3) creative aging 10-day residencies in senior apartment facilities that includes training two (2) teaching artists in vital involvement strategies and utilizing best practices as recommended by NASAA and Lifetime Arts. Aligned with our READI framework, our focus is on developing opportunities for populations that lack access to quality arts learning experiences and to develop a cadre of teaching artists who are interested in and able to connect to these populations and deliver thoughtful and sequential arts experiences. 

Call for Teaching Artists

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is seeking two (2) teaching artists to participate in a paid professional development training program that will serve older adults living in senior apartment communities through residencies. COA will provide best practice strategies for working in the field of creative aging. The two teaching artists will work closely with a master teaching artist whose artistic discipline is songwriting. The two participating artists will each bring their own arts discipline into the process.

Teaching artists are individual practicing artists who specialize in teaching both in the classroom and in the community. The passion and commitment, experience, knowledge and skills that teaching artists bring to the classroom and to the community help to engage students (of all ages) in authentic arts and arts integrated learning, and to advance creative and critical thinking. 

While teaching artists are teaching partners, there is no requirement for teaching artists to be certified teachers. 

Be sure to review the submission details to learn more about the program before you submit your application.