MetLife Foundation Technical Assistance Grantees

Competitive technical assistance grants in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to three organizations in the United States that submit exceptional applications to develop arts and aging programs in their communities.  Grantees will have one of the Leadership Award Program Winners to provide on-site technical assistance and consulting services to their staff and community members. The goal will be to begin an arts and aging program, or further develop an existing one, in the grantee’s community. The grant will also provide support for a half-day forum bringing together arts and aging programs in the grantee’s community.  

And the winners are...

2014 Winners: 

Lifelong Learning: Opening Minds through Art

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art. 

Community Engagement: Tidewater Arts Outreach 

The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is 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 or otherwise are isolated from society.

Health and Wellness: Maine Arts Commission 

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.


2012-13 Winners: 

Lifelong Learning: Encore Creativity for Older Adults

Encore is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. 

Encore Creativity for Older Adults LogoEncore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.  Encore has thirteen chorales in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, serving over 575 singers and an Affiliate Encore Chorale in Hudson, Ohio.Encore is the nation’s largest choral program for older adults.

All Encore programs are conducted by professional artists. There are no auditions, and rehearsal CDs help the singers feel confident in their choral experience. Encore stands for artistic excellence and social, mental and physical benefits. Encore singers  perform in high profile venues including The Kennedy Center.  Come join the excitement, either as a beginner or at an advanced level. This is an excellent way to learn how to develop or improve your musical abilities, meet new friends, and look forward to an exciting performance schedule.

Community Engagement: Austin Group for the Elderly 

AGE of Central Texas LogoAGE of Central Texas is a regional organization that provides education and support to people all along the spectrum of growing older, no matter where they are on that journey. AGE serves older adults and caregivers through its primary interrelated programs: adult day health care, caregiver education and resources, early memory loss support, health equipment lending, and peer-based computer classes for seniors. AGE has been serving older adults and those who care for them since 1986.

Health and Wellness: Mather LifeWays 

Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather LifeWays enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well SM. Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, Mather LifeWays is a unique not-for-profit organization 

dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing progressive practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory support, and empowering caregivers. To learn more about our senior living residences, community initiatives, Institute on Aging, please call (847) 492.7500.