After Deployment – Montgomery County – $5,000
After Deployment will offer art classes for underserved seniors to learn woodworking, painting, arts journaling, and to provide activities that will improve the health and cognitive skills of seniors and promote positive attitudes about aging.
Arts Cultural Enrichment Council of Hawkins County – Hawkins County – $4,030
Arts Cultural Enrichment Council of Hawkins County will engage seniors through performance, writing, and the visual arts to share their life stories, then videotape and publish a book about these stories. As part of the project, a multi-generational component will occur when seniors will reach out to youth in the schools to share their stories. This project will help improve cognitive skills of the seniors, promote lifelong learning, and increase positive perceptions about aging in the community.
Clay County Senior Citizens Center – Clay County – $1,000
Clay County Senior Citizens Center will offer seniors classes in the visual arts, wood crafting, and local dance forms like buck, square, and line dancing to increase physical activity, improve cognitive skills, and promote connectivity to community for seniors throughout the county.
Crockett County Office on Aging & Senior Center – Crockett County – $1,000
Crockett County Office on Aging & Senior Center will offer a wide-variety of art classes in visual arts, jewelry making, music, and theater to seniors in order to increase cognitive skills, promote physical motion and to connect with others in the community.
CWEET (Clean Water Expected in East TN) – Cocke County – $5,000
CWEET (Clean Water Expected in East TN) will engage seniors in art classes involving painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, woodworking, and embroidery to create original artworks illustrating their relationship to the long-polluted Pigeon River. At the end of the project, the art made by the seniors will be exhibited along with a video documentary of their stories. This project proposes to increase lifelong learning, engagement, and connect seniors to their community.
Etowah Area Senior Citizens – McMinn County – $3,000
Etowah Area Senior Citizens will offer new art opportunities in ceramics, line dancing, music (singing & instrument playing), jewelry-making, painting and flower-designing to increase physical fitness and mobility, cognitive skills, and socialization of seniors in the community.
Folks at Home – Franklin County – $4,327
Folks at Home will provide seniors the opportunity to participate in learning quilting at the Sewanee Community Center and Senior Center in conjunction with a cognitive skills improvement program, Boost Your Brain and Memory, and to increase lifelong learning and engagement of participating seniors in Franklin County and surrounding rural counties.
Granville Museum – Jackson County – $5,000
Granville Museum will work with seniors in a variety of activities like storytelling, quilting, and videography to preserve the history and arts culture of Historic Granville, a small rural community on Cordell Hull Lake in Jackson County, which was once a vibrant farming community prior to the flooding of the Cumberland River. For this project, seniors will increase their connectivity to the community, cognitive skills, and lifelong learning.
Grinder’s Switch – Hickman County – $5,000
Grinder’s Switch will provide a series of art classes to engage their most underserved seniors including mentally disabled adults in hands-on craft classes, quilting workshops and storytelling. Storytelling will be a multi-generational activity because it will connect seniors with fifth grade classes in the community. Art workshops will take place across the county in a senior center, two nursing homes, and the two branches of the Hickman County Public Library. Outcomes include promoting lifelong learning, improving cognitive and motor skills, and connecting older adults to their community.
Henderson County Senior Center – Henderson County – $3,100
Henderson County Senior Center will create a theatrical production involving seniors who will attend workshops to learn how to write, produce, direct, and perform in a live theatrical event that will be held at the end of the program to promote lifelong learning and engagement, reduce social isolation, and increase connectivity to community for the participating seniors.
Lantern Lane Farm – Wilson County – $5,000
Lantern Lane Farm will use the visual arts as part of its equine and therapy program for seniors suffering from a variety of mental illness and related disorders. Using the arts will help these seniors express emotions and narratives that promote positive health goals and healing.
Lawrence County Senior Citizens Club – Lawrence County – $1,856
Lawrence County Senior Citizens Club will offer writing classes to seniors and will teach basic computer/internet skills as well as how to establish a blog. The program’s outcomes will increase lifelong learning and engagement, cognitive skills, and help connect seniors to their community.
Lauderdale County Commission on Aging – Lauderdale County – $3,000
Lauderdale County Commission on Aging will engage seniors in pottery, acrylics, and floral arranging classes during the year. At the completion of the program, art projects made by seniors will be exhibited on display at various locations around the county to improve cognitive skills, promote lifelong learning and engagement, and connect seniors to their community.
McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc. – McMinn County – $5,000
McMinn County Senior Citizens will offer art classes in jewelry making, floral arranging, wreath making, and candle making for seniors in McMinn and surrounding rural counties. The program will especially aid those with low vision challenges and will improve cognitive and motor skills, and promote lifelong learning of all the participating seniors.
Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association – Shelby County – $5,000
The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association in partnership with Creative Aging Memphis in Shelby County will provide musical performances in senior centers and senior housing residences that serve Metropolitan’s congregate meal sites. By partnering together, this project will help to connect older adults to their surrounding community, reduce isolation, and promote lifelong learning.
Senior Citizens Home Assistance Services/Renaissance Terrace – Knox County -$5,000
Senior Citizens Home Assistance Services/Renaissance Terrace will develop a training and internship program for seniors interested in acquiring skills as curators, docents, gallery managers, and art program developers. The seniors will then work with artists in studios and galleries; develop art events and an annual art show for older adults in East TN; and curate exhibits for assisted living and other medical facilities. This program will promote lifelong learning and engagement, increase positive perceptions about aging, improve cognitive and working memory skills, and connect older adults to their communities.
Southeast Tennessee Development District – Hamilton County – $5,000
The Southeast Tennessee Development District in conjunction with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s string and wind quintets will offer a classical music series to senior centers and seniors throughout Southeast Tennessee to increase cognitive development, social engagement, and connection to the community for seniors.
Town of Jonesborough – Washington County – $4,400
The Town of Jonesborough will use senior artists to coordinate music, dance, theater, and storytelling opportunities for seniors to participate in two musical productions to increase lifelong learning and engagement, improve cognitive skills, and to connect seniors in their community.
Tullahoma Art Center – Coffee County – $5,000
The Tullahoma Art Center will work with seniors to create a sculpture in a public space in the City of Tullahoma using recycled materials or debris. This is a multi-generational project because seniors would be involved in the project alongside youth by helping to design, collect materials, and construct the sculpture. For seniors, this project will connect them to their community, promote positive perceptions about aging, and increase physical activity.