January 1, 2007
Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind resource, offering the arts and aging fields detailed advice on the design, implementation and evaluation of professionally-led participatory arts programs for older adults. Such programs have been shown to produce significant general and mental health benefits for participants, and to strengthen community connections.The Toolkit describesthe benefits of art programs for older people;the existing services and organizations for arts and aging;best practices in designing, funding, implementing, sustaining and evaluating art programs for older people; andcase studies of outstanding programsThe Toolkit is a joint project of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).The Tookit is available in English and Spanish. It may be downloaded online at artsandaging.org. Hard copies are also available for purchase through the National Guild at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16.