Art Works Now has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support their Creative Aging program. This project will provide skills-based, sequential visual arts learning experiences to older adult learners at no cost. Art Works Now’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as Art Works Now reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
”When we began our Creative Aging initiative, we knew it was important work because we’d seen the research,” said AWN’s Founder and Executive Director Barbara Johnson. “The fact that the National Endowment for the Arts has committed to supporting this work tells us that the future for older adults is a creative one. We are profoundly grateful for this award.”
Art Works Now’s Creative Aging program provides engaging and challenging visual arts educational experiences designed specifically for older adults—all at no cost. This program includes arts learning in a variety of media including drawing, painting, collage, and clay and introduces our students to new artists, art movements, and artistic styles. While students are immersed in skills training, Creative Aging classes facilitate the development of creative expression and more positive, healthier aging.
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.