Metlife Foundation Technical Assistance Grantees

Competitive technical assistance grants in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to three organizations in the United States that submit exceptional applications to develop arts and aging programs in their communities.  Grantees will have one of the Leadership Award Program Winners to provide on-site technical assistance and consulting services to their staff and community members. The goal will be to begin an arts and aging program, or further develop an existing one, in the grantee’s community. The grant will also provide support for a half-day forum bringing together arts and aging programs in the grantee’s community.

And the winners are…


Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of empirical evidence that creative expression improves their physical and psychological well-being. The mission of OMA is to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art.


The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs or otherwise are isolated from society.

Health and Wellness: MAINE ARTS COMMISSION

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.