Arts Commission helps artists develop skills to design creative aging experiences

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Arts Commission announced today that 25 artists will participate in the Lifelong Arts Indiana learning opportunity this week. 

Informed by field best-practices, Lifelong Arts Indiana empowers artists to develop their own approach to sharing creative experiences with older adults, ages sixty-five and older, in their community—and provides access to funds to help make it happen. 

Participating artists include: 

Angie Andriot, New AlbanyJean Harper, Uniondale
Mary Ardery, West LafayettePortia Jackson, Indianapolis
Dawn Kirsten Batson, Indianapolis Tammeron Jonesfrancis, Muncie 
Leota Bauman, Valparaiso Elizabeth Leachman, South Bend 
Michal Ann Carley, Bloomington Debra Levy, Fort Wayne 
Karen Chilman, Commiskey Wacey Robertson, Terre Haute 
Janet Chilton, Carmel Darlene Rosario-Reese, East Chicago 
Lynn Darda, Winamac Greg Rose, Indianapolis 
Kenya Ferrand-Ott, West Lafayette Paula Scott-Frantz, Indianapolis 
Melissa Gallant, Indianapolis Peggy Taylor, Westphalia 
Sandra Gay, Indianapolis Jennifer Weinert, Kewanna 
Devon Ginn, Indianapolis Roberta Wong, Indianapolis 
Emily Guerrero, Fort Wayne  

After the training this week, the artists will be invited to submit a proposal for a $1,000 fellowship to directly apply course lessons to provide a series of arts learning experiences for a group of older adults in their community. 

This initiative is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies. Training, coaching, consulting, and resources for Lifelong Arts Indiana have been provided by Lifetime Arts, the national leader in creative aging programs and services. 

Click here to learn about the Lifelong Arts Indiana program. 

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