Ageism & Creativity Events

Ageism & Creativity Events

Please join us for one or both of the following events at Annual Meeting! Email Kirsten Jacobs kjacobs@leadingage.org with questions.

Please click here to RSVP if you can attend one or both events.


SUNDAY, October 27th

Disrupt Ageism: Tools for Facilitation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Research has shown that ageist attitudes are often unconsciously and unintentionally perpetuated even by those who choose to work with or on behalf of older adults. Therefore, recognizing, challenging and eliminating ageism should be considered an essential core competency for everyone working in the field of aging services.

In this special event facilitated by Tracey Gendron of Virginia Commonwealth University, we will provide you with the needed tools to disrupt ageism in your communities. Learn how to facilitate conversation and training using our free (to LeadingAge members) video training tool developed specifically for members. This session will be engaging and interactive and we will all work together to develop practical skills to act as age allies for ourselves and others in and beyond the workplace.


TUESDAY, October 29th

Aroha/LeadingAge Creative Aging Convening
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Creative aging programs are providing older adults with a renewed sense of purpose, improved wellbeing and connection with others. Please join your colleagues from CommonBond Communities, ACTS and United Methodist Retirement Communities, who will share an in-depth look at their development of creative aging programs and their impact.

The gathering will be facilitated by Teresa Bonner, Executive Director of Aroha Philanthropies, a private foundation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aroha developed a major multi-year initiative, Seeding Vitality Arts (SVA), in 2016, in which CommonBond and ACTS Fairhaven have participated. Using a learning cohort model, Aroha is equipping grantees with the tools needed to create highly successful arts programs.

Since 2016, Aroha has seeded Vitality Arts programs in 50 nonprofit organizations working in three learning cohorts across the United States. Aroha's partner, Lifetime Arts, provides intensive training and technical assistance to grantees, and Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry developed an evaluation protocol that has produced exciting outcome data from this initiative, which Teresa will share.

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