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IMLS Grant Awarded for Creative Aging Programs

Michele Farrell, Institute of Museums and Libraries, shared this great news!


Westchester Library System - Tarrytown, NY
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Category: Demonstration
Award Amount: $500,000

Westchester Library System, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, ALA’s Public Programs Office, and AARP Foundation, will improve, expand, and sustain creative aging programs in public libraries and position libraries as community cornerstones for positive aging.

Built on Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building model, this initiative reflects new scholarship on the benefits of social engagement and creative expression for healthy aging, employs nationally recognized best practices in arts education, and promotes partnerships between librarians and arts and community organizations.

Through the new Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, up to 150 librarians will participate in in-depth training, receive ongoing technical assistance, participate in a national peer network, and receive support to implement programs in their communities.

The program will provide a practical, replicable, and sustainable approach for transforming library services for older adults to align with new knowledge, societal priorities, and collaborative practice.