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 E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, COA conducted a total of three (3) creative aging 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. 

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is furthering our work in Creative Aging by offering additional training opportunities and building a network of individuals interested in this work. If you are a teaching artist, a service provider or anyone interested in Creative Aging, then complete this brief survey

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