Intergenerational Program Design Recommendations for Arts Organizations
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Intergenerational art programs bridge generations while inspiring the creative process. Although projects involving participants of different generations have been in existence for centuries, the development of intergenerational arts program design for nonprofits, museums, and senior centers is relatively new. In this new field, recent research has been promising, revealing improved health and social outcomes for older adults participating in arts programs and an increased understanding of aging for youth participating in intergenerational programs. The purpose of this study is to understand the program design behind current, exemplary examples of intergenerational arts programs. This study investigated three organizations, seeking out overarching themes and key elements. Three organizations were highlighted as case studies: Opening Minds through Art (OMA), TimeSlips, and the Geezer Gallery. Each case study provided a unique style of program design, based upon their community, resources, and needs. These case studies were used to inform a set of recommendations for beginning an intergenerational arts program. This project builds upon existing research covering the impact of lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and arts programs for both children and older adults. It serves as a reference point for professionals in the field of Arts and Healthcare, marking current, key organizations offering intergenerational arts programs alongside program design recommendations.