2019 GIA Conference
Cultural Intersections
Denver, CO  |  October 13–16

Age Equity

The impact of ageism on arts funding and programs

Tuesday, October 15, 10:00am – 11:30am


Organized and moderated by Adam Johnston, chief operating officer, National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Presented by Annie Montgomery, director of Education, Lifetime Arts; Eliza Kiser, director, Pullen Arts Center, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department; and Teresa Bonner, executive director, Aroha Philanthropies.

Insidious ageism is preventing full access to arts learning and engagement for upwards of twenty percent of the U.S. population. Why is this so prevalent and why aren’t more arts funders acknowledging this issue? This highly interactive session first will explore the historical basis and current manifestations of ageism and how it impacts organizational culture, funding practices, and ultimately, older adult learners. Participants then will hear from funders and practitioners who are proactively and successfully addressing this issue. Through reflective practice, artmaking, case examples, and group dialogue, we'll examine ways to build on the demonstrated success of these interventions and collectively advance age equity in the arts.