Creative Aging Tennessee II

In collaboration with Aroha Philanthropies, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) awarded grant funding to help state arts agencies develop programs and partnerships that advance creative aging.  The Tennessee Arts Commission received a $60,000 grant to continue the work started with Creative Aging TN I, an initiative started in 2017 that supported 19 organizations, largely in rural communities, in providing arts programming for older adults to improve health outcomes.

This proposal, Creative Aging Tennessee II, focuses on the provision of two (2) things. First, Lifetime Arts will conduct national training in sequential learning techniques for a core group of artists and nonprofits in Tennessee.  These trained participants will be added to the newly developed Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster.  Second, to address resource gaps, especially in rural areas, a $75,000 grant program will provide seed funding to nonprofits throughout Tennessee to serve older adults.  Nonprofits would apply for the one-time grants opportunity and be required to contract with a Creative Aging Teaching artist on the roster to provide arts programming and activities for older adults.  Applicants will be able to apply for up to $3,000 in program support with no match.   Dollars will be allocated across geographic areas, including rural counties and diverse regions, to ensure maximum impact.

Implementation of Creative Aging Tennessee II will run from March 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022. For more information, contact Kim Johnson, 615-532-9797;

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