2014 Technical Assistance Grantees Begin Work

Recipients of the 2014 NCCA-MetLife Foundation Technical Assistance Grants are working hard with their mentors on the creation (or expansion) of their arts and aging programs. Each organization was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, and will receive grants in the amount of $5,000 each, as well as consulting services and on-site assistance from our Leadership Award Program Winners.

Three grantees have been selected, one for each of NCCA’s target areas. This year’s recipients are:

Lifelong Learning

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia, grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact the persons with dementia can express themselves creatively. It currently operates very successful programs in Southwestern Ohio, and is seeking to replicate its model regionally and nationally. OMA will utilize the Leadership Award Program Winner, DOROT to gain insights into volunteer management and development, assist in the planning of home-based OMA programs, and begin an overall strategic planning uptake.

Community Engagement

Tidewater Arts Outreach aims to uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs. Tidewater Arts Outreach will use its grant to bring Elders Share the Art’s Living History Arts Methodology training to staff, caregivers and artists in the community. Approximately 40 attendees are expected, and each will receive individual mentorship. These artists can then develop and facilitate new Living History Arts programs, for the benefit of elders in the region.

Health and Wellness

The Maine Arts Commission encourages and assists freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, and to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. The Commission will use its grant to offset costs of presentations from TimeSlips. Its new creative aging program will use the funds to enable a statewide convening of organizations and people interested in working with older adults.

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