Fifteen Libraries to Receive Financial Support for Creative Aging Projects

May 6, 2021

Senior man looking at painting while sitting on wheelchair Fifteen Wyoming libraries will soon offer arts-based programming to enrich the lives of older adults (55+) in their communities through the Creative Aging in Wyoming Public Libraries Project. The project is made possible through a partnership between the Wyoming State Library, Wyoming Arts Council, and Lifetime Arts, funded in part by the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Creative aging is the practice of engaging older adults in participatory, sequential, socially-engaging and professionally run arts programs. Not only does this program model promote mastery of artistic skills and creative expression, it is a proven way to alleviate the effects of social isolation.

Each of the 15 libraries is eligible for up to $4,000 to support instructor fees, workshop materials and supplies for two programs, for a total of $60,000 in funding statewide. The project includes training and coaching conducted by Lifetime Arts, the national leader in creative aging program development. Library programmers and teaching artists who have attended the training will be equipped to plan, promote, implement, evaluate and sustain both in-person and virtual creative aging programs.

Participating libraries: 

  • Albany County Public Library
  • Campbell County Public Library System
  • Carbon County Library System
  • Fremont County Library System
  • Goshen County Library
  • Lincoln County Library System
  • Natrona County Library
  • Park County Library
  • Sheridan County Public Library System
  • Sublette County Library
  • Sweetwater County Library System
  • Teton County Library
  • Uinta County Library
  • Washakie County Library
  • Weston County Library

“Creative Aging embraces older adults as learners,” said Maura O’Malley, CEO and Cofounder of Lifetime Arts. “It expands the impact of teaching artists, and provides a positive and creative approach to programming.”

Libraries are currently conducting community assessments and surveys to gauge local interests. Programs will begin in June and continue throughout the following year.

“Libraries play a critical role as cornerstones in communities,” said Nathan Majoros, Deputy Director of Programming and Operations at Lifetime Arts. “They’ve proven to be a perfect fit for these unique and forward-thinking programs.”

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