Indiana organizations receive $20,000 grants to support art programs for elderly

Indiana Arts Commission and Lubeznik Center for the Arts

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced nine arts organizations have received training and grant funding through Lifelong Arts for Arts Organizations, a program promoting arts and creativity services for adults 65 and older.

The organizations from around the state will each receive $20,000 to host programming for older adults, including the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City.

The programs are supported by the Indiana Arts Commission in partnership with the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and are possible by a grant from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy.

“We are proud to deepen our work in creative aging thanks to the partnership of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Aroha Philanthropies, and the Family and Social Services Administration,” said Miah Michaelsen, IAC Executive Director. "Meaningful, professional arts experiences are a proven tool to improve the psychological, physical, and emotional health of older adults, and it is a privilege to work with arts organizations to provide these benefits to Hoosiers.”

The arts organizations and programs are as follows:

  • The Jack and Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City - 2D Art and Design
  • The Honeywell Foundation, Inc. in Wabash - Senior Perspectives: Observational Art Class
  • Iibada Dance Company in Indianapolis - Seasoned Feet
  • South Shore Arts in Munster - Every Generation: Without Limitations
  • Art Barn School of Art, Inc. in Valparaiso - Art Within Reach: Drawing and Creative Watercolor
  • Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Inc. in Fort Wayne - Apple City Dance Project
  • Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Inc. in Lafayette - Playback: Moving Through Our Memories
  • Heartland Sings Inc. in Fort Wayne - Timeless Tunes for All Singers
  • ArtMix Inc. in Indianapolis - Narrating with Colors

All nine organizations were selected through an application and panel process.

They've also attended three days of training hosted by Lifetime Arts, a national leader in best practices of creative aging.

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