Seeding Vitality Arts MN

Seeding Vitality Arts MN is designed to support the development of successful arts education programs for older adults across the state of Minnesota, document their effectiveness and share that information broadly. 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.

As part of Aroha’s Vitality Arts initiative, 60 organizations participated in an one-day professional development workshop in July 2017 to learn about the field of artful aging, including:

  • Best practices in program planning
  • The role of the teaching artist
  • Current trends in arts and aging
  • Details about the grant opportunity

Following the workshop, Aroha Philanthropies awarded grants to 15 Minnesota organizations to implement new Vitality Arts programming in 2018. Ranging from $12,500 to $25,000, these grants are supporting teaching artist fees, artist supplies, direct program costs, documentation, travel and overhead.

In addition, funded organizations are receiving extensive training and technical assistance needed to produce high-quality arts learning workshop series for older adults. Training and technical assistance for the cohort are provided by Lifetime Arts.

An external evaluation will measure the impact of the Initiative, as well as the goals of the individual programs, and a second year of funding will be available to participants subject to successful completion of the first year of programming.

Programs that were awarded funding are:

  • Led by professional teaching artists.
  • Based on sound principles of arts education and be student-centered, sequential and hands-on.
  • Support skill-building in an art form or forms. All visual, literary and performing arts disciplines are encouraged.
  • Consist 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.
  • Intentionally facilitate social interaction among participants.
  • Have the potential for replication and sustainability.

Click here to view a current list of the funded programs from our inaugural Seeding Vitality Arts U.S. grantees.

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.”

 Vincent Van Gogh