National Center for Creative Aging Launches Free Online Teaching Artist Training for Working with Adults 55+

Jul 31, 2013, 10:44 ET from National Center for Creative Aging

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every single day for the next 19 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 years old. As adults move through the aging spectrum, many are looking for arts engagement opportunities in their communities. Despite this demand, many teaching artists are not properly equipped to work with older adults, from actively aging boomers to those with Alzheimer's or other cognitive disabilities. To better support these teaching artists, the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) has launched a first-of-its-kind free online training for teaching artists to learn how to work with older adults utilizing the arts.

This training, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, features 11 lessons detailing a variety of topics, including an overview of the arts and aging field, numerous case studies profiling programs across the country, hands-on exercises and tools for teaching artists to use in their work, as well as tips for creating a program budget and evaluation. Once a teaching artist has successfully completed the training, they will receive a certification of completion from NCCA.

"This training will not only support those teaching artists already working with older adults, but open a whole new area of work to those who have primarily worked in K-12," said Gay Hanna, PhD, MFA, Executive Director of NCCA. "We are thrilled at this opportunity to continue to provide the best possible training to all who are interested in using the arts with older adults."

"The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased  to support the development of this valuable tool. Research shows that arts programs and related interventions can have a powerful impact on the health and well-being of older adults," said Beth Bienvenu, PhD, Director of the NEA's Office of Accessibility. "This training will help ensure that teaching artists are prepared to work with this important segment of our population."

The training, which will take between 12-15 hours to complete, is free online at For any questions or concerns please contact NCCA at  

SOURCE National Center for Creative Aging