Artful Aging

When we were young, we loved acting, dancing, singing in choir, playing in band and painting the world around us — assuming we were lucky enough to have those opportunities in our schools or neighborhoods.

Then, while we were busy with homes and jobs, we gave our children these experiences. And they loved them too.

Now it’s our turn to rediscover the joys and benefits of participation in the arts, and to help others rediscover them as well.

This website encourages learners of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to consider the amazing benefits that come from learning, making and sharing art in all its varied forms.

Arts funders, aging services funders, arts councils and other grantmakers can find information to inspire a closer look at this emerging field. Over time, we will provide links and resources to allow program providers to truly transform the face of aging in America through the arts.



We define “artful aging” as a subset of the broader field of creative aging. Artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging.

Successful artful aging 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.





Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime.

Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years.

Learn more at

The Wall: How the Arts Can Improve Aging

A Dose of Creativity

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life, and the lives of people you love.”

― Sophia Loren