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Creativity Matters: The Arts & Aging Toolkit


Available in English and Spanish

Developed in partnership with the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is a first-of-its kind resource for arts, healthcare, and aging services organizations that are developing and expanding participatory arts programs for older adults. These programs have been shown to improve participants' health and strengthen engagement. Authored by Johanna Misey Boyer, the toolkit covers these topics:

  • The benefits of participatory arts education programs for older adults
  • An introduction to the community arts education and aging services infrastructures as they relate to the intersection between arts and aging
  • Best practices in designing, funding, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating these programs
  • Overiews of exemplary programs
  • Resources and bibliography

Creativity Matters is based on the report of the first national conference on creative aging, cosponsored in 2006 by NJPAC and NCCA. Three dozen interviews with leading practitioners and an extensive literature review expanded the toolkit's content.

The Guild's partnership with NCCA has opened doors in the elder services industry, shedding light on thousands of senior centers and retirement communities that we hope will create arts programs for their constituents with the help of Creativity Matters.

Use the online toolkit.

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Retail: $19.95
Members: $14.95 (must purchase by phone, fax or mail)

Order by phone: (212) 268-3337 ext. 22

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Download the press release. For a press review copy, contact Heather Ikemire or call (212) 268-3337 ext. 10.

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is made possible with support from MetLife Foundation, NAMM: The International Products Music Association, the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and Roche.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. www.nationalguild.org