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What is the NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging?

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Aroha Philanthropy, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

Online Certification is ideal for:

  • Teaching Artists
  • Students/Volunteers
  • Museum/Library educators
  • Activity Leaders in a Senior Center or other community setting

To return to the Training or to Get started with our Online Artist Training:

Start Online Artist Training

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Benefits of Using the Online Artist Training in Arts & Aging

The training covers topics such as the aging process, the creative potential of older adults, and how to identify community partners in aging, arts, and health-related services. It also provides information on how to adapt instructional techniques for different populations of older adults, from those who live independently to those who are in long term care and those with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders. Lastly, it provides guidance on how to plan, implement, and evaluate arts programming for older populations. This training is free and designed for each person to complete at their own pace. We anticipate it will take 12-15 hours to complete.