Encore Artists Program
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging received a grant from The Cleveland Foundation to engage professional teaching artists age 50 and over who will be specially trained to design and deliver arts programs for older adults. The artists will volunteer in host sites that are organizations serving seniors and located in the City of Cleveland.
Research shows older adults experience improved health and quality of life by participating in professionally led arts programs. The Encore Artists Project is designed to enable older participants to experience these benefits as well as increase Cleveland's social and cultural capital. The project will expand the availability of visual and performing arts activities to older adults currently without or with limited access to the arts.
The program trained professional teaching artists and art and music therapists age 50 and over as volunteers. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), the Ohio Arts Council, the Art Therapy Studio, the Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CSU), the Center for Arts-inspired Learning, the Music Settlement, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture are among the organizations that assisted in recruiting artists. Artists were screened and criminal background checks were required. The artists completed a free 12-hour online training program. After training, the artists were enrolled in the online Encore Artists Registry detailing their professional experience and interest in volunteering at a Cleveland host site.
Host sites are located in the City of Cleveland and include senior centers, recreation centers, libraries, nutrition sites, congregate housing sites, adult day programs, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
Funding for the Encore Artists Program is provided by:
The Encore Artists Program is provided in cooperation with: