Catalyzing Creative Aging

The National Guild’s Catalyzing Creative Aging program is a multi-phase initiative designed to support the establishment of new creative aging programs at nonprofit arts education organizations nationwide. Research shows that professionally-led, arts education for older adults fosters positive aging. Nonprofit arts education organizations are uniquely positioned to play a leading role in providing innovative programming for an aging population that is living longer, healthier lives. 

The program is presented in partnership with Lifetime Arts and will provide group training, one-on-one coaching, and funding to community arts education organizations in order to:

  • Increase their capacity to serve older adults through skill-based, participatory arts programs; 
  • Provide models of high quality creative aging programs to the field;
  • Raise public awareness about the benefits of creative aging programs.

Applications for the 2019-2020 cycle are now closed.


Program Timeline

 Application Guidelines

Webinar for Applicants

Organizations interested in applying can watch the recording of a webinar which shared program details, discussed characteristics of successful applications, and offered tips to you and your team navigate the application process.



The program is generously supported by Aroha Philanthropies, the Moca foundation, and the NAMM Foundation.