The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 Creative Aging Workshop which will be held December 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, Dover. Join us to learn about the emerging Creative Aging field and cultivate the development of effective and meaningful arts engagement programming to benefit Delaware’s aging population and stimulate healthy aging.

This workshop is designed for:

  • Program administrators at senior service centers, health sites, arts/community organizations, & libraries
  • Artists and educators in the literary, performing & visual arts interested in working with seniors

The workshops will provide the senior programming community with the theory and practice of creative aging and the knowledge to support and develop effective programs. In addition, training and resources will be introduced to artists and educators to aid in the successful delivery of creative aging experiences. Attendees will leave with a framework to build individualized creative aging programs.

Attendees can expect to:  

  • Acquire Creative Aging Foundations that will inform and shape their development of Creative Aging Programing
  • Understand key physical, mental, emotional, and psychosocial benefits that inform programming and provide frameworks for assessing impact
  • Gain evidence-based program models that can be effectively adapted for use in a range of context settings
  • Emerge with resources and a personal "next step" action plan for creative impact in their unique settings

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Greg L. Finch


Dr. Greg L. Finch, Director of Field Services, National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). The NCCA is dedicated to building a world where every individual flourishes across their lifespan through creative expression.

Antonia Perez


Antonia A. Perez, Master Teaching Artist with 13 years of experience working with older adults and a Teaching Artist Mentor with Lifetime Arts, Inc.


Pre-Registration is now closed. If you would still like to register, please call Dana Wise at 302-577-8279. Walk-ins are welcome. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact: Kristin Pleasanton, Deputy Director, Delaware Division of the Arts, 302-577-8284

Important Dates

Monday, October 24

Registration Opens

Wednesday, November 30

Registration Closes

Wednesday, December 7

Delaware Creative Aging Workshop


Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904

Please enter around the back under "Longwood East" sign on the far left.

Program Booklet

Flourishing: The Art of Creative Aging, Program Booklet


8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15


9:15 – 10:00

FLOURISHING: The Art of Creative Aging
Philosophical overview and approach to Creative Aging

10:00 – 10:15

CREATIVE EXPRESSION—Exquisite Line and Reflection

10:15 – 10:45

AGEISM: The Socially Acceptable Prejudice
Expectation and manifestation of Ageism and Q & A

10:45 – 11:00

RESEARCH: What Really Matters?
Benefits of arts programming for older adults

11:00 – 11:15

Slide show and video clips of Creative Aging activities, Q & A

11:15 – 11:30       

Movement based activity

11:30 – 12:15

ESSENTIALS: Optimal Creative Aging Design
Design, best practices, strategies and pitfalls

12:15 – 1:00


1:00 – 3:00

Small working groups formed based on elder population served

RESOURCES: Making it Happen
Program resources, artist training, artist rosters, funding sources, evaluation strategies

3:00 – 3:45 


3:45 - 4:00

Closing remarks, evaluation, next steps


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