Planning a Program

Successful implementation of arts instruction workshops for older adults in public libraries requires systematic planning. The information in this section has been designed to help you move through the planning process, which will vary for each library.

The 7 Steps to Planning a Successful Creative Aging Program

  1. Survey Patrons
  2. Assess Facility/Site
  3. Review Community Resources
  4. Consider Partnerships
  5. Funding Programs
  6. Find & Hire a Teaching Artist
  7. Develop a Curriculum & Budget

Planning 101

Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and President/CEO of Lifetime Arts, Inc., discusses key elements of the planning process with librarians at a recent professional development institute.

Insights from a Host Librarian: Jessica Cline, NYPL

Jessica Cline, Senior Librarian, hosted a multi-media writing workshop, “The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft” at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the NYPL. Hermine Meinhard was the teaching artist. Jessica, discusses the practical experience, offers insights about how she worked with administration and hired the teaching artist, and discusses how she felt about the outcome.

Goals to Keep in Mind as You Plan

During the planning phase, keep in mind the following goals of creative aging programs:

  • to improve the quality of life of older adults; and
  • to broaden your library’s capacity and identity as a center for creative aging.

By employing arts education to fulfill these goals you will be incorporating the latest research on positive aging and lifelong learning, including the value of skills mastery and social engagement.