Seeding Vitality Arts U.S.
Grantees receive an Aroha Seed Grant to cover teaching artist fees, artist supplies, direct program costs, documentation, and travel and other direct program expenses.
- Ongoing technical assistance and program development support, provided by Lifetime Arts
- Live, multi-day training for funded organizations
- Information sharing and peer networking via an online community platform
Vitality Arts Programming
Vitality Arts programs are defined as instructional arts workshop series, led by professional teaching artists, that engage older adults in skill-based learning and promote social engagement. Each workshop series culminates in a public sharing event.
Aroha intends to widely publicize this initiative in order to build interest in artful aging programs. Publicity, social media and video documentation training, provided by Spoke Consulting, will support participating organizations’ efforts.
An external evaluation will measure the impact of the initiative as well as the goals of the individual programs.
Renewal funding for 2018 programming is dependent on a positive evaluation of the 2017 programming.
- Programs must be led by professional teaching artists.
- Programs must be based on sound principles of arts education and be student-centered, sequential and hands-on.
- Programs must support skill-building in an art form or forms. All visual, literary and performing arts disciplines are encouraged.
- Programming consists of at least three distinct or repeated series of at least eight sequential workshops of no less than 90 minutes each, plus a culminating event.
- Programs must intentionally facilitate social interaction among participants.
- Programs should have the potential for replication and sustainability.
Note: Programs that are primarily therapeutic in nature or that are delivered in a health care setting were not eligible.