3. Review Community Resources

When planning creative aging programs, it’s important to survey your community to get a sense of what programs and services are already being provided to older adults. Your library can fill the gap by offering programs that aren’t otherwise available.

Things to Consider

  • What cultural resources or institutions are in the community?
  • Is there a museum? Galleries?
  • A theater or music venue?
  • Do they offer programs specifically for older adults?
  • Is there a community arts center or music school? Does your community have an arts council?
  • Do the senior service organizations offer arts programs for their clients.

Further Study:

Assessment and Evaluation | Transforming Life After 50. (n.d.). Retrieved May 13, 2013, from http://www.transforminglifeafter50.org/tools-ideas/assessment-evaluation
Buckley, R. V., & Leonette, C. M. (2007). Let’s talk about partnerships. Pennsylvania Library Association Bulletin, 62(9), 10–13.
Community Empowerment Manual, Second Edition – Partners for Livable Communities. (n.d.). Retrieved May 11, 2013, from http://livable.org/livability-resources/reports-a-publications/534-community-empowerment-manual-second-edition
Community Led Library Service Development | Infopeople. (n.d.). Retrieved May 13, 2013, from http://infopeople.org/training/community-led-library-service-development
Turner, N., McKnight, J., Kretzmann, J. P., & Northwestern University (Evanston, I. ). A.-B. C. D. I. (1999). A guide to mapping and mobilizing the associations in local neighborhoods. Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL: Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University ; Distributed exclusively by ACTA Publications.
Lowe, S. S. (2001). The Art of Community Transformation. Education and Urban Society, 33(4), 457–71.
Schull, D. D., & Thomas, S. (2006, August). Planting the Seeds of Community. Museum News, (4). Retrieved from http://www.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=0&page_id=-1573756009&page_url=//www.aam-us.org/pubs/mn/MN_JA06_schull-planting.cfm&page_last_updated=2010-02-27T14:50:42&firstName=Selma&lastName=Thomas
Stories for Change: Leadership Examples of Expanding the Arts to New Audiences. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/foundation/StoriesChange_FinalDigital.pdf
Turner, N., McKnight, J., Kretzmann, J. P., & Northwestern University (Evanston, I. ). A.-B. C. D. I. (1999). A guide to mapping and mobilizing the associations in local neighborhoods. Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL: Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University ; Distributed exclusively by ACTA Publications.
Welcome Stranger: Public Libraries Build the Global Village. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urbanlibraries.org/filebin/pdfs/Welcome_Stranger_Full_Report_08.pdf

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