Arts Engagement Improves the Lives of Older Adults

By Kim Johnson, Director of Arts Access –

A National Endowment for the Arts-supported study found that participation in arts programs can lead to better health outcomes for older adults, including needing fewer doctor visits, less medication, better mental health, and more involvement in overall activities. The positive psychological and physical impact that the arts have on the health of older adults has a significant impact on improving the quality of life for older adults.

To continue providing arts programming for older adults throughout the state, the Tennessee Arts Commission received a $60,000 grant from Aroha Philanthropies and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to create Creative Aging Tennessee II (CATII). This initiative offers a one-time non-matching grants opportunity for nonprofit organizations and governmental entities to provide sequential arts learning programs and activities for older adults aged 60+. Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 and artists on the new Creative Aging Teaching Roster must be used to provide programming.

Creative Aging TN is committed to enhancing and transforming the lives of older adults through the arts. Our goal is to ensure that every Tennessean, including older adults, has access to the arts and can fully participate in creative opportunities for a lifetime.

If your organization is interested in improving the lives of older adults, visit the website to apply and learn more about the Creative Aging Tennessee II grant.

This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies.