Valuable Website Resources
National Center for Creative Aging
The national clearinghouse for information on arts and aging. Provides technical assistance to funders interested in arts and aging.
An organization working to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.
Creativity Matters Arts & Aging Toolkit
English-language edition or La Creatividad Importa, Spanish-language edition of Creativity Matters. A web-based tool kit designed for arts and aging services fields.
Grantmakers in the Arts
A national association of arts grantmakers.
National Guild for Community Arts Education
For background information on community arts education programs.
Research Center for Arts & Culture
For research on aging professional artists, including “Above Ground: Information on Artists III” and “Still Kicking: Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas.”
Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Participate in the Arts
A report by the National Endowment of the Arts based on an analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study. Download PDF.
The Arts & Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being
A white paper summarizing research on arts and health that laid the groundwork for the Staying Engaged report. A collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Download PDF.
“The Creativity and Aging Study: The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on Older Adults,” The Gerontologist, (The Gerontological Society of America Vol. 46, No. 6, 726–734) is Dr. Gene Cohen’s seminal study on creativity and aging. Download PDF.
Vitality Arts Resources
Links to information and videos on creative aging. Download PDF.