Creative Aging

Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging

Last year the Utah Division of Arts & Museums received a grant from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), in collaboration with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, to support Creative Aging through NASAA's Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging (LSICA) initiative. You can learn more about the Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging initiative here. Utah's initiative is called "A Lifetime of Arts Elevated".

We are excited to continue the work we started by offering a new set of training opportunities through Lifetime Arts.

Lifetime Arts Training for Libraries and Teaching Artists

The Creative Aging Foundations online course for both librarians and teaching artists consists of six (6) hours of online instruction delivered via three two-hour sessions within a week’s time and access to asynchronous resources for cohorts of up to 25 people. Students should expect to spend 30-60 minutes reviewing the asynchronous resources and completing pre-training work prior to each session, which will be available to them through

Lifetime Arts was founded in 2008 as a service organization with a singular goal: to enrich the lives of older adults through arts education. Lifetime Arts is the national leader in building the capacity of organizations, agencies, and individuals to initiate, develop, implement, and sustain professionally conducted Creative Aging programs for the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Learn more about Lifetime Arts here.

Training, coaching, consulting, and resources for "A Lifetime of Arts Elevated" have been provided by Lifetime Arts, the national leader in creative aging programs and services.

Creative Aging Grant for Lifetime Arts Training Participants - Coming Soon

Grant Guidelines
Grant Application

Utah Division of Arts & Museums is happy to announce a grant opportunity to support Creative Aging in our state. This grant is only available to organization and artists who participated in the Lifetime Arts training.

If you have questions about this grant or eligibility, please reach out to Jason Bowcutt at

Creative Aging Grant Participants' Activities

The following organizations received the Creative Aging pilot grant. The grant provided funding to run an arts program for adults 55+. All listed activities were made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.

Resources - The Utah Commission on Aging
The Utah Commission on Aging (UCOA) sponsors and manages as Utah's official statewide virtual resource center for older adults.  UCOA convenes expert stakeholders to share resources and best practices from our communities, public policy, education, and research to help Utahns navigate the opportunities and challenges of the aging experience.

Arts & Aging - The Utah Commission on Aging
The Arts and Aging promotes creative engagement for those in the second half of life. Whether art experiences are more passive, such as attending an exhibit or concert, or more active, such as learning a skill or participating in the performing arts, wellness is nurtured when we engage in the arts.  Arts engagement benefits people across the health spectrum and includes the Creative Arts Therapies. Research is demonstrating that participation in the arts can positively affect emotional, social and physical health,  and contribute to true health promotion, disease prevention, and improved quality life. This page also houses the Creative Aging Teaching Artists Roster.

The Utah Creative Aging Coalition
Bringing together programs, organizations and participants to promote creative aging in Utah. Mission - To support optimal aging through the creative arts by serving as a clearinghouse of information and education for participants and professionals in Utah’s older adult communities.

The Creative Age Conference 
Arts Council of Washington County
This annual conference provides inspiring keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and entertainment.

Lifetime Arts
National Leaders in Creative Aging Program Development
Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults. Our mission has 3 main components:

1. Encourage creative aging by promoting the inclusion of arts education programs in organizations that serve older adults

2. Prepare teaching artists to develop the creative capacity of older adult learners

3. Foster lifelong learning in and through the arts by increasing opportunities for participation in community based programming

American Alliance of Museums
Report - Museums and Creative Aging: A Healthful Partnership

Utah Division of Arts & Museums.