The following is a roster of current arts programs for seniors across Tennessee


C-MACC Community Multicultural Art Care Center

CMAC class314 E.Main St
Jackson, Tennessee 38301

Contact: Karen Blanton, (731) 293-8307,

Art Expands Seniors’ Horizons
C-MACC ArtCare facilitators discover and develop unique talents, abilities, and interests in the arts for seniors and Alzheimer’s students. Please visit our American Art Academy website and BraainBow Art gallery at Our fine arts classes, ”Art Expands Seniors’ Horizons” is active for over ten years in various nursing and assisted living facilities in our community. Our project serves art students at various locations: retirement villages, nursing homes, and assisted living.

Serving ages 50+

Creative Aging Memphis

creative aging memphis2029 Peabody
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Contact: Mia Henley, (901) 272-3434,

Creative Aging Memphis-Musical Performances and Arts Workshops
Creative Aging offers over 600 musical performances and hands-on workshops each year in over 45 communities where seniors live or gather. We work with over 60 professional artists and musicians to deliver our programs; since 2005, we have paid our artists over $1,000,000 in performance fees. In 2016, Creative Aging programming touched over 26,000 seniors, promoting cognitive vitality through the arts.

Creative Aging Senior Arts Series
Creative Aging MemphisCreative Aging’s Senior Arts Series includes four to five events that bring art, music and theater to seniors aging in place. These events are held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at Theatre Memphis, a centrally located, ADA compliant community theater.

Serving ages 65+

Blues City Cultural Center

BCCC314 A W Willis
Memphis, Tennessee 38105

Contact: Levi Frazier, (901) 502-1151,

If You Can’t Stand the Heat
Staged as a live soap opera, If You Can’t Stand the Heat uses the arts to engage age 50+ residents on health issues that disproportionately impact African American populations. These disparities include hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol and heart disease. Also, the role of caregivers is integrated throughout and each serial ends with a cliffhanger. At the end of each episode, health care professionals lead a discussion on the health issues that affect the seniors.

Serving ages 50+

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Brooks Museum1934 Poplar Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Contact: Kathy Dumlao, (901) 544-6246,

Tea and Tour for Seniors
Seniors can visit the museum for leisurely tours conducted by docents and afterward enjoy tea and treats provided by the Brooks Museum League. Admission is free for Brooks members or $3 if you’re not yet a member. Reservations are required. Tea & Tour is available from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on select Thursdays. Call the education department at 901.544.6215 for event dates and to make your reservation.

Serving ages 50+

Debra Tayloe Teaching Artist

1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305

Contact: Debra Tayloe,

“Getting To Know You” A Shared Journal/Memoir
This program builds awareness and understanding through arts-based communication by integrating the use of language arts and visual art to strengthen communication, understanding, caring, sharing and understanding of another’s life and viewpoints. The Teaching Artist will assist the participants in working collaboratively on a journal/memoir as a keepsake honoring this experience.

Serving ages 50+


Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Frist Senior Mondays919 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37206

Contact: Emily Beard, (615) 744-3331,

Senior Mondays
The Frist Center presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their “senior” status takes place the third Monday of each month. On these days, gallery admission is half price for seniors ($6), and a special senior parking rate of $5.00 in the Frist Center lots is offered, based on availability. Seniors receive a 15% discount on purchases made in the gift shop and on refreshments purchased in the Frist Center Café during the day. Snappy Pappy plays music of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby.

Serving ages 50+

Music for Seniors

Music for Seniors161 Rains Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203-5330

Contact: Sarah Martin McConnell, (615) 330-1937,

Live Performance Learning Labs at Nashville Public Library
Our Learning Labs are free eight-week series of once-a-week and inter-generational one-hour group lessons. They are taught at Nashville Public Library locations by qualified teaching artists, with materials and “loaner” instruments (if needed) provided by Music for Seniors. Learning Labs series for a variety of instruments occur in the spring and fall each year. In Spring 2017, we offered Ukulele, Percussion and Group Singing culminating in a public performance showcasing students’ accomplishments.

Serving ages 50+

New Dialect

4611 Elkins Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Contact: Kevin Bouldin,

I Am, I Believe, I See
I AM, I BELIEVE, I SEE is an hour-long creative movement workshop and mini-performance based on New Dialect’s original work, H E A P. The workshop was piloted for seniors at Fifty Forward’s Knowles Center. The workshop uses H E A P’s themes of self-identity and inclusion to connect participants to themselves and each other by using movement to encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, creative expression and collaboration.

Serving ages 50+

Watkins College of Art

Watkins2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Contact: Maggie Fansher, (615) 277-7455,

Community Education Program
Watkins offers a wide array of classes and workshops for adults and seniors who are interested in pursuing a life of creativity. Classes are offered three times a year and range from one day to six weeks to nine weeks and cover an array of topics including painting, drawing, fiber arts, woodworking, interior design, creative writing, photography, film, graphic design, 3D design, and more.

Serving ages 50+

Arts for Hearts Clarksville

Arts For hearts200 South 2nd Avenue
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

Contact: Rita Arancibia, (931) 237-7647,

Arts for Hearts Clarksville 50+ Create-Explore & Love Art
Arts for Hearts artists and volunteers hold bi-monthly art classes at Summit Heights Public Housing that target older adults. The program also accepts other individuals under 50 who live in public housing and those with disabilities. The program has been in operation since September 2016.

Serving ages 50+

Muse Wisdom

Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Contact: Thandiwe Shiphrah, (615) 837-6487,

Gemstone Poets: Inspiration for Creative Aging
Gemstone Poets is a series of workshops designed for older adults that offer opportunities for creative expression and social engagement through reading, writing and recitation of poetry. Participants learn to use a variety of poetic tools (metaphor, simile, rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration) to give form to their thoughts, feelings, memories, and observations. Incorporating classic and contemporary poetry as springboards, the workshops draw on poetry’s capacity to enrich the human spirit.

Serving ages 50+

Ponder Anew

My-Fathers-War-Carol-and-Robert34924 Barclay Square Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37013

Contact: Carol Ponder, (615) 227-3876,

My Father’s War
In 1989, Herschel Ponder sat down at his kitchen table to write his WWII memoir. Carol Ponder, his daughter, and her husband, Robert Kiefer, created a performance verbatim from the memoir. Robert IS Herschel telling his story. Carol adds songs and narrative. The show, with creative writing and performing workshops/residencies, are a proven catalyst for healing and creative engagement for veterans and non-veterans. They also provide programming grounded in Appalachian storytelling and song.

Serving ages 50+

Global Education Center

ballet-plata4822 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-3432

Ellen Gilbert, (615) 292-3023,

Pathways to Understanding
Pathways to Understanding is a multicultural arts program that brings diverse cultural arts traditions to seniors throughout Middle Tennessee through workshops, performances and inter-generational programming. Examples of program activities include a multicultural arts camp for seniors in which participants study drum, dance and storytelling from a wide array of cultures; Fit-at-Fifty dance and movement classes; cultural performances at area senior living centers with accompanying workshops.

Serving ages 50+



Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Museum Art1050 World’s Fair Park Dr
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Contact: Kate Faulkner, (865) 525-6101,

Memory Care Art Workshops
These free workshops are open to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss and their family members and caregivers. Participants create art objects using a variety of art mediums, such as painting, ceramics and printmaking with the guidance of a TN Arts Commission Teaching Artist.

Arts and Alzheimer’s Tours
Once a month KMA docents lead a discussion with residents of local assisted living communities about a featured museum gallery or exhibition. The docents share information about pieces of art to promote positive emotional expression and reflection among the participants.

Serving ages 50+

The WordPlayers

PlaybackPO Box 53717
Knoxville, Tennessee 37950-3717

Contact: Jeni Lamm, (865) 539-2490,

Playback Theatre
Playback is a form of improvisational theater where real life stories are brought to life on the spot using dialogue, movement, and music. An audience member shares an experience from his or her life and we play it back, capturing the heart or essence of the experience. The stories may be humorous or serious: memories from long ago, last week, or just this morning.

Serving ages 50+

Knoxville Opera Company

612 E. Depot Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Contact: Brian Salesky, (865) 524-0795,

OPERAtion Outreach!
As part of KO’s OPERAtion Outreach!, which produces 85+ annual education/outreach events, KO takes our Opera 101 program to several senior living facilities, making it more accessible to groups that may not normally be able to attend other productions. This entertaining, educational introduction to musical theater/opera features sung selections interwoven with information about the history of musical theater/opera, concluding with an interactive Q&A session between the audience and artists.

Serving ages 50+

Tennessee Theatre

TheatreTN604 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Contact: Lila Honaker, (865) 684-1200,

Mighty Musical Monday
Mighty Musical Monday is a free, monthly concert at the Historic Tennessee Theatre featuring the original Mighty Wurlitzer organ and guest artists. There is great variety in the guest artists, including classical vocalists, klezmer bands, high school choirs, jazz bands, and dance. Mighty Musical Monday offers an opportunity to experience the arts in a beautifully restored movie palace, a work of art itself.

Serving ages 50+

Gibson County Visual Arts Association

325 Pleasant Hill Rd
Humboldt, Tennessee 38343

Contact: Royce Harris, (731) 784-4120,

Color Our World
We now have an exhibit at Trenton City Hall with “color pages” picked up from county nursing homes and senior citizen centers. After running a press release relating the recent craze for coloring in the lines and its meditative and artistic benefits, several of our members called on the facilities in our county and garnered about 60 pieces for display. We mounted and pinned them to existing boards that we have used for our elementary art exhibits.We are planning a reception for these artists.

Serving ages 65+

Smoky Mountain Storytelling Association

210 St. Clair Lane
Maryville, Tennessee 37804

Contact: Mildred “Millie” Sieber,  (865) 310-0177,

Storytelling Workshop
Assisted Living residents of Asbury Place at Maryville are invited to share their own stories at the monthly gathering. Leaders Millie Sieber and Kathleen Mavournin stimulate participants’ communication skills–offering a warm welcome, verbal and pictorial cues, as well as interested listening and affirmation, in a small group setting. Residents recall memories and bring ideas to life, developing stories and story segments. They encourage each other, strengthening a sense of community.

Serving ages 65+

Johnson City Public Library

Artful Aging100 W. Millard St.
Johnson City, Tennessee 37604

Contact: Lisa Williams, (423) 434-4356,

The Fullness of Time: Exploring the Arts and the Gifts of Aging
Funded by a “Seeding Artful Aging” grant from Aroha Philanthropies, Johnson City Public Library is conducting six 8-week workshops for adults 55+ during 2017. All workshops are led by professional teaching artists, “whose whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose…” Workshops are progressive, hands-on, skills-focused intensives, and each culminates in a public sharing event.

Serving ages 50+

Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Contact: Briona Richardson, (615) 297-2966,

Lecture Series
In this four-part series, participants hear directly from the artists about the inspiration behind a particular ballet and the creative choices made (costuming, music, set, lighting, etc.) to construct the finished product. This series is made up of two pre-performance conversations with the artist, attendance at the performance being discussed (ticket included with enrollment) and a post- performance discussion about the performance with peers.

Serving ages 50+

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 360
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-0360

Contact: Jennifer Harrell, (865) 521-2305,

Music & Wellness Program
The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Music & Wellness program is to provide live musical performances that enhance the healing process and benefit patients, visitors and staff in healthcare settings. This program serves seniors in two healthcare systems in Knoxville providing therapeutic music in hospital waiting areas, chemotherapy treatment areas, on oncology in-patient floors, cardio-vascular in-patient floors, for patients with brain injury, and patients in senior care.

Serving ages 50+

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