By Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access –
The TN Arts Commission, along with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), are pleased to announce the launch of the ENGAGE Initiative Creative Aging Toolkit for State Arts Agencies (SAAs). Following NCCA’s 3-year ENGAGE Communities of Practice Initiative for State Arts Agencies in Arts, Health, and Aging, this website showcases the exciting creative aging programs happening across Tennessee and throughout the country, and provides resources for organizations and individuals seeking to help strengthen the creative aging field.
The Tennessee Engage page can be found here.
What is the ENGAGE Initiative? The ENGAGE Community of Practice Initiative supported state arts agencies (SAAs) in developing infrastructure and programming in arts, health, and aging in their states between 2013 and 2016. Aimed at addressing the growing population of aging adults, this program sought to empower SAAs in helping people creatively flourish across their lifespan. With more than 40 states participating, it resulted in new state partnerships, new state grant initiatives, and new arts learning programs for older adults, expanding the creative aging momentum across the country.