Aroha Philanthropies launched “Seeding Artful Aging,” a new initiative and national grant opportunity, in Spring 2016.

As a subset of the broader field of creative aging, artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Successful artful aging programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

The initiative is designed to support the development and expansion of successful artful aging programs, document their effectiveness and share that information broadly.

Through this initiative, Aroha aims to:

  • Demonstrate the power and impact of artful aging programs to a broad national audience.
  • Encourage arts and cultural organizations to develop participatory arts education programs for older adults.
  • Encourage organizations that serve older adults to develop arts education programming.
  • Disseminate program implementation models.

Fifteen nonprofit organizations were selected to participate in this demonstration project through a two-part application process. These organizations represent a broad array of communities to demonstrate the impact of the programs in a wide variety of situations. Selection of organizations balanced urban/rural communities, small/large organizations, culturally specific communities and geographic locations across the United States.

Grant awards range from $15,000 to $50,000 for programming to begin on or after January 1st, 2017 and be completed by November 30th, 2017. Grants may be renewed for a second year, dependent on first year program evaluation outcomes. Potential total grants to each organization thus may range from $30,000 to $100,000 over the period of the initiative. Each award must not exceed 20% of the organization’s total expense budget.

Organizations selected to participate will receive an array of additional benefits and services. For details, see the Initiative Components page.


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