Mission: Creative Aging Mid-South improves quality of life for Mid-South seniors by providing access to experiences in the arts.
We accomplish that by hiring local professional artists to perform and teach seniors in nursing homes, retirement communities, adult day programs and senior centers, ensuring that even the frailest seniors maintain an enriching connection to the arts.
Results: Since beginning programming in 2005, Creative Aging has presented more than 5,000 performances and art-making workshops at long-term care and retirement communities, senior centers, and adult daycare programs. In doing so, we have paid more than $725,000 in performance fees to Memphis artists, and brought the arts alive for 30,000 seniors.
Target demographics: seniors continue to have access to the arts where they live
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 6,000 seniors at 50+ residential communities in the Mid-South
Geographic areas served: the Mid-South
Programs: musical performances, art-making workshops, personal story-telling, and drumming
I work with many clients in Memphis, most of them doing good work to make our community a better place. Creative Aging stands out to me because the good they do is pure benevolence. No one benefits from CAM's fund raising, their programs or their outreach but the people in care facilities that they serve. Fueled almost exclusively by volunteer power, CAM puts real art in these facilities, engaging the residents in workshops and performances and letting them participate in the arts. I've had loved ones in care homes in other cities, without access to this type of enrichment, and the places they lived lacked the spice and spark of the facilities I've visited that benefit from CAM's programs.