2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

AZ Creative Aging: Building Field Infrastructure via Multisector Investment

Sunday, October 29, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Organized by Alex Nelson, Senior Director of Grants and Programs, Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Presented by Ashley Hare, Arts Learning and Community Engagement Director, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; Alex Nelson, Senior Director of Grants and Programs, Arizona Commission on the Arts; and Ellen Solowey, Program Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

AZ Creative Aging is a three-year initiative to build infrastructures for transformational creative aging programs in Arizona. Using AZ Creative Aging as a case study, this session will investigate how private funders, government agencies, and community partners collaborate on field building through development of local, meaningful, cross-sector programs. Attendees will gain understanding about new connections and networks that can form when arts funding is reframed to impact specific populations, will explore concrete examples of what building infrastructure looks like in practice using the field of aging as context, will consider cultural responsiveness in cross-sector work, and will learn how funders can support constituents to engage with new sectors, including steps to educate and connect teaching artists, arts organizations, and providers of aging services.