Seeding Vitality Arts


Vitality Arts programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Successful programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

In 2016, Aroha Philanthropies welcomed 15 nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. as participants in our inaugural Seeding Vitality Arts initiative. A year later, we launched a second grant opportunity for Minnesota-based nonprofit organizations, Seeding Vitality Arts MN. In June 2018, we launched Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums initiative that will fund the development and implementation of high quality, intensive arts learning opportunities for active older adults. 

Our goals for Seeding Vitality Arts are to:

  • Demonstrate the power and impact of creative aging programs to a broad audience at both a national and statewide level.
  • Encourage and equip arts and cultural organizations to develop participatory arts education programs for older adults.
  • Encourage and equip organizations that serve older adults to develop arts education programs.
  • Disseminate successful program implementation models.

For more information, please visit our Seeding Vitality Arts U.S.Seeding Vitality Arts MN and Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums pages.

Inaugural Cohort

We believe that the Seeding Vitality Arts initiative will demonstrate the potential impact of creative aging programs for older adults, arts organizations, senior service providers, senior residential communities, and diverse groups everywhere. As of August 2018, Aroha had funded the participation of 30 nonprofit organizations in learning cohorts and the development and implementation of their arts learning programs for older adults. In September 2018, we will welcome a third cohort consisting of museums from across the United States.

Meet our grantees…

Photo Credit
Aroha Philanthropies video, A Dose of Creativity

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