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As the percentage of aging adults climbs in the United States, state arts agencies (SAAs) face an unprecedented need to serve this growing demographic. A primary source of funding and expertise with the ability to operate on state and local levels, SAAs have the capacity to forge lasting change. They are poised to drive the creation of sustainable infrastructure for arts in aging and health in partnership with the aging services industry, healthcare, and academia.

ENGAGE Initiative

National Center for Creative Aging

The ENGAGE initiative in Arts, Health, and Aging, was designed by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) in partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to prepare SAAs to play a leading role in advancing creative aging in our country and to support them in addressing critical issues they face in building a robust environment for lifelong learning in their states and regions.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is partnering with the National Center for Creative Aging and EngAGE Utah to carry out these initiatives. Our goal is to participate in ongoing professional development and to pursue a state-specific plan of action.


Free Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging
– National Center for Creative Again NCCA

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

NEA Awards for Creativity and Aging Projects

The document below features information on some of the recent NEA awards for creativity and aging projects. These awards span across the entire country and showcase a wide range of disciplines.

Podcast – National Endowment for the Arts

Rohan Spong – Documentary Filmmaker
Winter at Westbeth shines a light on artists and aging.

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit Web site is designed for the arts and aging services fields. This resource explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs and offers detailed advice and examples on program design, implementation, and evaluation.

We would like to thank our partners in this initiative. Together, we will be able to create awareness and foster dialogue among states so we can better serve the aging populations though creativity.