Arts and Aging in Missouri

A Statewide Convening

We are putting the power of the arts in support of older adults at our statewide convening, Arts and Aging in Missouri. Speakers and performers will tell their stories, share their successes, and help us learn how to reach and work with older adults by using the arts. Adults ages 65 and older number more than 16% of our population. Within just a couple of decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.

Arts and Aging in Missouri takes place on Thursday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Registration ends on Monday, April 1. (No joke!)

Why you should attend:

You work with older adults.
Connect with similar programs
Learn best practices that will improve your programs
Identify potential participants and sponsors

You don’t work with older adults—yet.
You’ll learn…
Why the arts help this population
Why this population is significant
How to work with older adults
About successful programs

Keynote Speaker

Gary Glazner, poet, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York

Gary Glazner of Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and Evadene Lovell performing poetry at the New York Memory Center


We know the arts have the power to assist older adults with creative expression. The arts add value beyond the aesthetic, using creativity to enhance outcomes that are engaging, healing, and educational. If you are an older adult, social worker, family member, professional, artist, arts administrator, or educator, or with an arts organization, business, foundation, nonprofit, or government agency that cares about older adults, this event is for you. CEU credits are available.

The program will include presenters and videos featuring arts and aging programs from across the country. Performances by musicians, storytellers, and more will entertain and inspire us. It will be a lively, creative, heartfelt, and moving day attesting to the power of the arts and aging. Join us.

For More Information

Contact Virginia Sanders, Missouri Arts Council special initiatives coordinator. | 314-340-6851 | toll free 866-407-4752 |

Thanks to Our Partners

This event is also supported by Office of Minority Health in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change, Missouri Folk Arts Program, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging of Lincoln University, and Stephens College.

Artwork:  Detail from The Creation of Adam, ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Painter, sculptor, architect, and poet, Michelangelo was born in 1475 and died in 1564, three weeks short of his 89th birthday. He never stopped creating. Six days before he died, he spent an entire day working on a sculpture.