The purpose of this report is to promote the evidence for the benefits of creative aging for:

  • Older adults who participate
  • Institutions that provide it (cultural organizations, senior centers, and others)
  • Neighborhoods in which it occurs

Our goal is to broaden support for creative aging with the perspective that creative aging is a natural for NYC and a win for older adults, the organizations that serve them, the arts in NYC, and neighborhoods all over town.

This report is a product of the NYC Creative Aging Initiative, a two-year collaboration (2018-2019) among Hunter College’s Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, Lifetime Arts, and LiveOn NY. The New York Community Trust funded the initiative to strengthen and advance the field of creative aging in New York City, with a focus on the SU-CASA arts program, which brings teaching artists to senior centers across the five boroughs.