Lifetime Arts promotes the inclusion of professional arts programs in organizations that serve older adults by preparing artists to develop the creative capacity of older adults; and by increasing opportunities for participation in inter-generational and community based programming. The group serves organizations and individuals nationally by promoting the creation, expansion and sustainability of professionally conducted arts programs for older adults.
Through a variety of services and initiatives, Lifetime Arts provides practical support and resources to practitioners and institutions that provide services to senior citizens. Creative Aging in Our Communities: the New York City Libraries Project is a partnership with New York Public Library (NYPL) and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) through which Lifetime Arts implements instructional arts programs for older adults in up to 30 branch libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn. The project provides a supported process through which interested libraries partner with professional teaching artists to design and deliver free programs that engage older adults in participatory, sequential, socially interactive art-making. All arts disciplines (visual, performing and literary arts) are supported and all programs culminate with a public exhibition or event at the libraries.
In addition to partnership programs with public libraries, Lifetime Arts maintains the Creative Aging Teaching Artists Database and, in February 2011, launched the Creative Aging Roster, a free, searchable database available to libraries, senior service, arts and community organizations nationwide seeking to expand their programming reach to older adults.
With advance notice, Lifetime Arts will locate artists with the necessary language skills for a particular group or venue.