From our friends at Aroha Philanthropies:
“The creative aging movement is gaining momentum, and we’re happy to share the evidence with you.
In 2017, the National Guild for Community Arts Education surveyed their member organizations and learned only 8% of students were 65+, and less than 30% reported having any engagement with older adults. Knowing there will be more Americans over 65 than under 18 years old by 2030, the Guild and Aroha joined forces to announce Catalyzing Creative Aging, a large-scale, multi-year, cross-sector partnership to build the capacity of community arts education organizations across the country to launch new Creative Aging programs.
For the first time, data collected in 2019 now includes information on creative aging and the impact of the Catalyzing Creative Aging initiative. The updated report shows a clear shift toward creative aging offerings with 41% of members offering a Creative Aging program, a 37% increase from 2017. In a summary blog post, the Guild highlights their efforts in putting together their 2019 Benchmarking Data Report, touching on the importance of including creative aging data and highlighting the impacts found within the creative aging field.
Please click here to read the summary.”