The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Creative Aging

sponsored by: 
The Creative Center at University Settlement
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 5:00pm
New York City

This week-long training will focus on the role of the arts in creative aging and will provide both a theoretical and didactic approach to implementing and sustaining high quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving older adults – from senior centers to long-term residential settings for the frail elderly. Artists, as well as arts program, nursing home and hospital administrators, will be given everything they need to create "best practice" arts programming in community centers, healthcare facilities, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, along with rehabilitation, palliative and hospice settings. Since 2002, The Creative Center at University Settlement has been training artists from across the US to work in a variety of healthcare settings using the unique training program featured in our book, Artists in Residence: The Creative Center’s Approach to Arts in Healthcare.
Presentations, workshops and site visits, led by national leaders in the field of arts and aging, will include:


  • What it Means to be Old: The Aging Body, Mind and Soul
  • A New Perspective on Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Poetry Project
  • Transformation vs. Transposition: The Role of Imagination and the Creative Process for Older Adults
  • Meet Me at MoMA: The Alzheimer's Project at The Museum of Modern Art
  • Older Professional Artists: What We Can Learn and Disseminate
  • The Unique Culture of Senior Centers
  • Art in Hospice
  • Sustaining Arts Programming: from "Friendraising" to "Fundraising"
  • Creative Aging: The Current "State" of the Field

For an application, go to: or email Applications must be received by Monday, December 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified by Friday, January 16, 2015. We encourage artists and administrators to apply together.

Fees: $350 per selected participant. Light breakfast and lunch included each day, as well as an orientation and dinner on Sunday evening, March 15, 2015. Transportation to and from NYC not included. For information, please call 646-465-5313/5314 or email Limited lodging stipends may be available.

Support for The Creative Center Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Creative Aging comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.