Working in partnership with Lifetime Arts, the Wyoming Arts Council will offer free training to artists interested in developing their skills in designing, developing, and implementing Creative Aging programming and working with older adults in their communities.

The training will be provided virtually, via video call, by Lifetime Arts on January 22, 23, and 24. The training will be from 11AM - 1PM on each of these days. Lifetime Arts is a national arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults. 

The training is designed to prepare Wyoming teaching artists to become engaged in leading creative aging programs in their communities. The training provides an overview of the Creative Aging field, including an understanding of shifting demographics, different areas of practice, and the cross-sector nature of the work. It will also feature the examination and demonstration of approaches for teaching adult learners and of the development of skill-based, sequential lessons for older adults. 

Core curricular topics covered will include:

- History of Creative Aging 

- Current research on arts and aging

- Inherent biases about aging

- Best practices in the field

- Exemplary programming from across this growing field across artistic disciplines 

- Embedding intentional social engagement activities 

- Creative aging curriculum development 

- Partnering with older adult communities

Participation is limited to 25 artists from across the state. The deadline for applications is January 9th, or when all available slots have been applied for and filled. Applicants will be notified of their application status on a rolling basis. All available slots are expected to be filled, so it’s better to apply sooner than later.

Wyoming Arts Council