Directory of Creative Aging Programs in America

NCCA has launched the first of its kind Directory funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, MetLife Foundation, and The Michelson Foundation. The Directory features arts programs serving older people and includes intergenerational activities in urban, suburban, and rural communities in a variety of settings such as community centers, senior centers, assisted living, adult day care, arts institutions, and libraries. It is also searchable by an assortment of options such as: location, arts discipline, program setting, and adaptive design, with the goal of enabling older adults to find programs, encouraging arts and aging organizations to find partners, and helping teaching artists to find employment with organizations committed to creative aging in their communities. Special thanks to the Task Force for their guidance during the development of this project. Apply the filters below to narrow the list of programs displayed. Find further explanation of the type of practice including: promising, field tested, and research validated best here. To be included in the directory or if you have any questions please email kfitzgerald@creativeaging.org.

Title Arts Discipline City State / Province
Washington District of Columbia
30th Street Chorus and Solera Singers Music San Francisco California
A Fresh Canvas: An Alzheimer's Arts Program Dance, Music, Visual Arts West Hartford Connecticut
Ageless Art Visual Arts Kettering Ohio
Alzheimer's Poetry Project Literature Brooklyn New York
Art Lab Classes Folk/Traditional Arts, Visual Arts Staten Island New York
Art-Making Workshops at MoMA Visual Arts New York New York
Art, Music, and Conversation Media Arts, Museums, Music, Visual Arts Hyannis Massachusetts
ART@HAND Folk/Traditional Arts Minneapolis Minnesota
Artful Aging Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Saint Paul Minnesota
Artist Outreach Project Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts San Juan Capistrano California
Arts & Minds at the New York Historical Society and the Studio Museum in Harlem Museums, Visual Arts New York New York
Arts at Goddard Dance, Museums, Music, Opera, Visual Arts
Arts for Life Expo Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Music, Theater
Arts for the Aging (AFTA)/ Joy in Generation Dance, Literature, Museums, Musical Theater, Opera, Visual Arts Rockville Maryland
Arts Fusion Dance, Literature, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Theater, Visual Arts Charlottesville Virginia
Arts the Spark @OMA Folk/Traditional Arts, Museums, Visual Arts Orlando Florida
ARTSAGE: CONNECTOR, CONVENER AND CATALYST FOR ARTS & AGING Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts Wayzata Minnesota
ARTZ Museum Network Museums Woburn Massachusetts
Baltimore Clayworks' Community Arts Folk/Traditional Arts, Visual Arts Baltimore Maryland
Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts Dance, Design, Literature, Museums, Visual Arts Pacifica California
ClancyWorks SOAR (Seniors Organize for Arts to Rejuvenate) Program Dance, Musical Theater Silver Spring Maryland
Clearwater Chorus Music, Musical Theater Clearwater Florida
Cleveland Museum of Art Distance Learning Program Museums, Visual Arts
Community Arts Outreach Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Norfolk
connect2culture Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Museums, Music, Visual Arts New York New York
Connections: Tours for Adults with Memory Loss Literature, Museums, Visual Arts
Contemporary Journeys Dance, Design, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Visual Arts Minneapolis Minnesota
Council Lifetime Learning Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts New York New York
Creative Aging Cincinnati Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Visual Arts Cincinnati Ohio
Creative Aging in Our Communities: The Libraries Project Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts New Rochelle New York
Creative Aging Initiative Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts Surprise Arizona
Creative Aging Mid-South’s Visiting Artists Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Music, Opera, Theater Memphis Tennessee
Creative Aging Program Dance, Visual Arts Mesa Arizona
Creative for Life Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Silver Spring Maryland
Creative Movement Dance, Music, Theater Zelienople Pennsylvania
Dance for Connections Dance, Music Newton Massachusetts
Dance for Lifelong Health Dance Gainesville Florida
Danceworks' Intergenerational Multi-Arts Project (IMAP) Dance, Music Milwaukee Wisconsin
Dancing Heartâ„¢: Vital Elders Moving in Community Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Music, Musical Theater, Theater Minneapolis Minnesota
Discover Your Story at the MIA Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Visual Arts Minneapolis Minnesota
Ebenezer Ridges Life-Long Learning Program Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Theater, Visual Arts Burnsville Minnesota
Educational Theatre Company's Creative Age Literature, Media Arts, Theater Arlington Virginia
Elders Learning Community Literature, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts Richmond California
Encore Creativity for Older Adults and Encore Chorales Dance, Music, Theater Tracy's Landing Maryland
Enduring Masters Program Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theater, Theater Ithaca New York
EngAGE in Creativity Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Musical Theater, Visual Arts Burbank California
F/STOP Visual Arts Mariposa California
Form in Art Visual Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania
From the Well of Memory: Museum approach to Alzheimer's Visual Arts Ranchos de Taos New Mexico
GeNarrations Theater
Generations for a Healthy Community Folk/Traditional Arts, Visual Arts Jennings Missouri
Genesee Center for the Arts and Education Folk/Traditional Arts, Visual Arts Rochester New York
GO! Arts Literature, Music, Visual Arts
Golden Tones Chorus Music Wayland Massachusetts
GoldMind Arts Visual Arts Chicago Illinois
Hannan Center for Creative Aging Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Detroit Michigan
Healing Arts Program Dance, Literature, Visual Arts Washington District of Columbia
here:now Arts Engagement for Individuals Living with Dementia Visual Arts Seattle Washington
History Alive (Generating Community) Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Brooklyn New York
In The Moment Visual Arts Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Intergenerational Community Chorus and New Horizons Band Music Washington District of Columbia
Intergenerational Orchestra of Omaha Music Omaha Nebraska
Iona Gallery and Artist in Residence Program Literature, Music, Opera, Visual Arts Washington
Iona Wellness & Arts Center Literature, Music, Visual Arts Washington District of Columbia
Ithaca College Gerontology Institute Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Music, Theater Ithaca New York
JF&CS Memory Cafe Dance, Design, Literature, Music, Musical Theater, Theater, Visual Arts Waltham Massachusetts
JM Journeys Museums, Visual Arts New York New York
Joy Giver Program/Junior Joy Giver Program Music, Visual Arts
Kohler Arts Center SPARK! Program Dance, Museums, Music, Visual Arts Sheboygan Wisconsin
Living History Arts Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Brooklyn New York
Living History Storytelling and the Hands Across the Ages Music West Chester Pennsylvania
Looking Together Museums, Visual Arts Houston Texas
Lotus Club Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts Brooklyn
Madison Children’s Museum SPARK! Program Folk/Traditional Arts, Museums, Visual Arts Madison Wisconsin
Maturity and Its Muse Media Arts, Museums, Visual Arts St. Louis Missouri
McGroarty Arts Center Arts Classes for Adults Dance, Music, Visual Arts Tujunga California
Meet Me at MoMA Museums, Visual Arts New York New York
Meet Me at the Movies & Make Memories Media Arts, Theater, Visual Arts Woburn Massachusetts
Memories in the Making Visual Arts Cincinnati Ohio
Moving Melodies Dance, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Music, Musical Theater
Moving Time Dance Hackensack New Jersey
Music Therapy Music Medford New Jersey
New Horizons Music Tarpon Springs Florida
North Shore Dance Therapy Dance, Music, Theater Deerfield Illinois
Opening Minds through Art Visual Arts Oxford Ohio
Oral History Program Music, Musical Theater, Theater Baltimore Maryland
Outreaches for Immobile Seniors Visual Arts
PALETTE Museums, Visual Arts
Passavant Singers Music Zelienople Pennsylvania
Performing Arts Training Institute Dance, Literature, Music, Musical Theater, Theater Oakland California
Piano Class for 55+ Music Fairfax Virginia
Piece of Mind: Alzheimer's Tour Program Museums, Visual Arts Memphis Tennessee
Prospect Hills and Park Slope Senior Center Choirs Music Brooklyn New York
Resident Art Program Design, Visual Arts Washington District of Columbia
Ruth's Table Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Museums, Music, Visual Arts San Francisco California
Seasons of Care Dance, Literature, Music, Theater, Visual Arts Dobbs Ferry New York
Seniors Exploring Photography Identity and Appreciation (SEPIA) Visual Arts San Diego California
Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) at Pregones Theater
Seniors Reaching Out Music, Musical Theater, Theater Oakland California
SING, DANCE, REMINISCE Dance, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater Eliot Maine
Songwriting Works Dance, Literature, Music Port Townsend Washington
Story Circle Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Theater Brooklyn New York
Sweet Readers: Discovery through Art Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Music, Visual Arts New York New York
Take a Drum Ride Music Storrs Connecticut
Tea and Tour for Seniors Museums, Visual Arts Memphis Tennessee
Tea Time Tour Museums, Visual Arts New York New York
The MetLife Foundation’s Healthy Living Initiative at Dance Exchange Dance Takoma Park Maryland
The Wartburg Council for Creative Aging Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts Mount Vernon New York
Theatre performances performed by those 55+ Music, Theater
Therapeutic Arts Programs for Older Adults Visual Arts
Unforgettable Art Programs Visual Arts Centennial Colorado
Villa Musica's Creative Aging Program Dance, Music, Musical Theater, Theater San Diego California
Wood Turning and Woodworking Design Zelienople Pennsylvania