Creative Aging through the Arts Program

This program provides grants to hire an artist to lead workshops at senior centers, assisted living facilities, libraries and nonprofit organizations serving older adults. Applicants select from a list of teaching artists trained in best practices of engaging older adults.

During a residency, artists will share their expertise through sequential arts lessons, helping participants hone their skills in a variety of disciplines. Programs will also foster intentional social engagement among participants, culminating with a special event to showcase their work with peers and the community.

Funds for this program come from the Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging program, a joint initiative of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.

View full grant guidelines.


Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies, and sub-divisions of governmental agencies. Assisted Living Facilities, Senior Centers, Public Libraries, Housing Authorities, Area Offices on Aging, and nonprofit organizations serving older adults (more than 55 years of age) are encouraged to apply.


At least six weeks prior to the event date. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Grant Amounts

$2,860 maximum. No match is required.


Contact Anne Alston for more information.