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MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program

Due to a change in its mission, the MetLife Foundation will no longer support the Creative Aging Program. The last grants were awarded in early 2013. MetLife’s new corporate leadership has directed the foundation to devote its resources to “financial inclusion,” providing financial knowledge, tools and support to underserved communities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Thanks to MetLife Foundation’s support, the National Guild awarded $438,500 to 38 organizations across the country and provided training and technical assistance to more than 500 arts education leaders between 2008 and 2013. Grantees established and developed sustained, sequential arts education programs specifically designed to meet the needs of older adults, serving more than 2,100 over the five years of the program. Many grantees also developed their ability to measure the impact of their programs across a range of arts learning and wellness outcomes.

While the National Guild is unable to continue to fund creative aging programs at this time, we are exploring how best to continue our support of this important work going forward. We welcome your input and suggestions. Please contact James Horton at

In 2014 we will publish a series of articles on model creative aging programs in our quarterly newsletter, GuildNotes. We also plan to continue to present a creative aging track at our annual Conference for Community Arts Education.

Creative Aging Resources

2013 Grantees

In 2013, grants totaling more than $125,000 were awarded to eleven nonprofit arts education organizations that will deepen and expand professionally-led arts education programs for older adults. Each grantee has demonstrated the capacity to develop programs that can increase older adults’ social engagement and mastery of one or more art forms. Each will provide sustained, sequential arts instruction to at least 25 older adults throughout 2013. Three grantees will receive supplemental funding of up to $2,000 to underwrite their participation in a project to document and disseminate the promising practices they employ.

2013 Grantees »

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