Lifetime Arts Tapped to Provide Support Services for Aroha Philanthropies National 'Seeding Artful Aging' Initiative

Clubs and Organizations

September 7, 2016

New Rochelle, NY -- Aroha Philanthropies has awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to 15 nonprofits through its "Seeding Artful Aging" initiative to develop and enhance successful Artful Aging programs throughout the U.S.

Lifetime Arts, nationally recognized as a leader in the Creative/Artful Aging field, will provide training, program development and technical assistance services to all grantees throughout this two-year project. "It's a great opportunity to work together with a foundation that so clearly sees the benefit of instructional arts programs for older adults. The wide spectrum of organizations supported will demonstrate the viability of these programs across multiple sectors," said Lifetime Arts CEO and Co-Founder Maura O'Malley. Aroha Philanthropies founder and president Ellen Michelson notes, "Lifetime Arts has trained and consulted with countless organizations, from state and regional arts councils to public libraries, to develop artful aging programs. We're proud to partner with Lifetime Arts to help these 15 grantees become successful leaders of this emerging movement."

Aroha defines "artful aging" as a subset of the broader field of creative aging. Artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Successful artful aging programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. More information is available at

Chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 200 applicants, the 15 selected organizations will form the first cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha and Lifetime Arts in this exciting initiative to expand Artful Aging opportunities, awareness, and impact. Grant awards range from $17,000 to $50,000 and will fund innovative programs to run between January 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.

Lifetime Arts staff will provide grantees and their arts and community partners with training on the design, development, implementation and sustainability of Artful Aging programs. They will also provide hands-on technical assistance in all programmatic aspects throughout the grant period.

Grantees will collaborate with Aroha to document their effectiveness and share that information widely in order to:

- demonstrate the power and impact of Artful Aging programs to a broad national audience;
- encourage arts and cultural organizations to develop participatory arts education programs for older adults;
- encourage organizations that serve older adults to develop arts education programming; and
- disseminate program implementation models.

About Lifetime Arts:

Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America's growing population of older adults. Lifetime Arts works nationally to improve the quality of life of older adults through arts education. It offers innovative programming and provide practical support to arts and community organizations, libraries, senior residential facilities and others who serve older adults. Lifetime Arts builds the capacity of these organizations to respond to the changing needs and interests of today's aging population. It helps develop programs that actively engage older adults in arts learning; build new social networks; and create community partnerships to support positive aging.

About Aroha Philanthropies:

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. More information is available at