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Foundation seeks to accelerate creative aging movement in Minnesota

Minneapolis-based Aroha Philanthropies has launched an initiative and statewide grant opportunity, “Seeding Vitality Arts MN.” The initiative is designed to support the development of successful arts-education programs for older adults across the state of Minnesota, document their effectiveness and share that information broadly. With its use of the term vitality arts, the foundation aims “to champion arts programs that keep us vital, joyful and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in people 55+.”
 
“Seeding Vitality Arts MN” has two major components:
 
•  a free creative-aging professional development workshop for Minnesota nonprofit organizations interested in learning about this growing field and the value of arts education for older adults
•  a competitive grant opportunity that will seed arts education programs for older adults throughout Minnesota
 
Participation in the free workshop, to be held in the third week of July as of press time, is a prerequisite to applying for this round of grant funding. Eligible programs are defined as instructional arts workshop series, led by professional teaching artists, that engage older adults in skill-based arts learning and promote social engagement. Grants ranging from USD$12,500 to $25,000 will be awarded to up to 15 organizations.

The Minnesota initiative is the second vitality-arts grant opportunity funded by Aroha Philanthropies. Information about both initiatives is available at vitalityarts.org.

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