Seeding Vitality Arts U.S.



Grantees receive an Aroha Philanthropies grant to cover teaching artist fees, artist supplies, direct program costs, documentation, and travel and other direct program expenses.


Professional Development

  • Ongoing technical assistance and program development support, provided by Lifetime Arts
  • Live, multi-day training for funded organizations
  • Information sharing and peer networking via an online community platform


Vitality Arts Programming

Vitality Arts programs are defined as instructional arts workshop series, led by professional teaching artists, that engage older adults in skill-based learning and promote social engagement. Each workshop series culminates in a public sharing event.


Program Documentation

Aroha intends to widely publicize this initiative in order to build interest in artful aging programs.


Program Evaluation

An external evaluation will measure the impact of the initiative as well as the goals of the individual programs.

Renewal funding for 2018 programming was dependent on a positive evaluation of the 2017 programming.



  • Programs must be led by professional teaching artists.
  • Programs must be based on sound principles of arts education and be student-centered, sequential and hands-on.
  • Programs must support skill-building in an art form or forms. All visual, literary and performing arts disciplines are encouraged.
  • Programming consists of at least three distinct or repeated series of at least eight sequential workshops of no less than 90 minutes each, plus a culminating event.
  • Programs must intentionally facilitate social interaction among participants.
  • Programs should have the potential for replication and sustainability.


Note: Programs that are primarily therapeutic in nature or that are delivered in a healthcare setting were not eligible.

Inaugural Cohort

Chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 200 applicants, these 15 organizations form the first cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha Philanthropies to support the development and expansion of artful aging programs.

We believe that the Seeding Vitality Arts initiative will demonstrate the potential impact of such programs for older adults, arts organizations, senior service providers, senior residential communities, and diverse groups everywhere.

Meet our grantees…

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 Albert Einstein