YMCA Wins Artful Aging Program Grant

The YMCA of Rock River Valley was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new national initiative, “Seeding Artful Aging.” The Y received an $18,000 grant to launch the YMCA Senior Arts Project (Y-SNAP). Chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 200 applicants, the Y is among the first cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha Philanthropies in this inspiring initiative designed to support the development and expansion of successful Artful Aging programs.

Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Artful Aging programs are designed to bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults.

“The Y is thrilled to join Aroha Philanthropies at the forefront of the emerging field of Artful Aging,” said Michelle Gorham, Chief Advancement Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “This generous grant will support our new Y-SNAP program, which is designed to broaden our program offerings for our senior members as they pursue a healthy spirit, mind and body.” 

The Y-SNAP program will launch in March 2017 and will be offered at both the I.D. Pennock and Northeast Family YMCAs. The program will be open to adults 55 and over in the community and be taught by local artists. The workshop series will include dance, theater and painting. Registration for the program will open in January. 

About Artful Aging
Aroha defines “artful aging” as a subset of the broader field of creative aging. Artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging.

Successful artful aging programs are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. More information is available at arohaartfulaging.org.

About Aroha Philanthropies
Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime.

Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. Learn more at arohaphilanthropies.org.