In the Resources section you will find research, white papers, reports, archived webinars, toolkits and more focusing on creativity and aging. Click the drop down menu below to search the page according to resource type.

Joan Jeffri, Director of Program in Arts Administration and Research Center for Arts and Culture, Teachers College Columbia University

Susan Perlstein, Founder and Director of Special Projects, NCCA; Founder, Elders Share the Arts
Jeanne Kelly, Executive Director, Encore
Anthony Hyatt, Master Teaching Artist, Arts for the Aging

This first webinar in the Engaging Arts Series presents an overview of the field of creativity and aging, highlighting research on the importance of music.  Two best practice programs demonstrate how music can be an effective tool in bringing purpose and meaning to lives of all older adults, from active to frail.

Originally held on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

Join us to learn about the compelling research from last year's Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging Award winners, Drs. Tony and Helga Noice. Dr. Linda Noelker, Senior Vice President, Director, Katz Policy Institute, Benjamin Rose Institute will present findings from her meta-analysis on research in this area and Michael Patterson, co-founder of MindRAMP & Associates will facilitate discussion.

Originally held on June 22, 2011 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT.

NCCA’s annual Free Webinar will highlight the benefits of creative engagement on the maturing mind. The webinar will feature Michael Patterson and Roger Anunsen, co-founders of MindRAMP & Associates. Presenters will explore research in the field of creative engagement as well as the benefits of aging creatively.

Originally held on January 5, 2011, 1:00-2:00 PM ET.

The last webinar in this series will discuss how to create public awareness around your arts program including identifying your audiences, developing messages and dissemination.

Tim Carpenter, EngAGE


Originally held on May 11, 2011.

Program evaluation is key to not only determine whether your program was effective, but also to making the case to future funders and partners.  We will discuss the benefits of evaluation, how to plan an evaluation, determining what you want to learn, implementing the evaluation and how to evaluate programs that include people with dementia.

Craig Dreeszen, PhD, Director, Dreeszen & Associates


Originally held on April 13, 2011.

Now that you’ve got your program designed, it’s time to implement.  Chapter 7 will go through the steps of setting the stage for your program – providing realistic expectations for the group and keeping your program on track by assessing its progress.  The chapter will also discuss how to effectively vet, train and provide support to training artists.

Jorge Merced, Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater


Originally held on March 9, 2011.

When designing an arts program for older adults, there are many factors to take into account.  Chapter 6 will highlight the step-by-step process to creating a successful program including how to conduct an assessment of your audiences, determining the mission and goals of your program, designing activities and evaluation.  Mr. Reiss will address the nuts and bolts of how to establish trust, set realistic challenges, encourage participation and accommodating needs for participants in your program.

Judith-Kate Friedman, Founder and Director, Songwriting Works
Chapter 5 will define what outcomes and goals an effective arts program should have including mastery and social engagement as two highlighted results.  This chapter will also showcase best-practices across the country including: New Horizons Music, Kairos Dance Theater, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute with featured guest Judith-Kate Friedman discussing her program, Songwriting Works.

Originally held on January 12, 2011.

Jonathan Katz, Chief Executive Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Chapter 4 will address the Arts field delving into arts education, arts participation, professional development for teaching artists and art therapists as well as community engagement through the arts.  This chapter will also discuss how to build infrastructure through federal, regional, state, local, arts education, art therapy and foundations.

Originally held on December 8, 2010.