In 2023 Monmouth Arts launched our Creative Aging Program, with the goal of bringing the transformative power of the arts to our senior community. Through the program, teaching artists deliver free visual arts activities once a week for six to eight weeks to seniors at Monmouth County community organizations.
We recognize a pressing need to connect with and value the voices of older adults. Even in the absence of a pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 25% of U.S. adults aged 65 and over experience social isolation. Of them, 43% report that they feel lonely on a regular basis. The program’s therapeutic activities focus on giving each participant the feeling of success and purpose, with enhanced mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The activities are complimented by guest facilitators, including mental health professionals.
In the spring and fall of 2023 Monmouth Arts provided a total of 24 weeks of visual arts activities to older adults at senior centers in Red Bank and Asbury Park. Monmouth Arts is working to expand this program to more seniors and centers in 2024. For additional information, please contact Connie Isbell, Director of Membership & Community Engagement at email@example.com or 732.212.1890 ext. 101.
The development of this program was made possible in 2023 by funding from the Creative Aging Initiative of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.