Neon Museum gets grant for ‘older adult empowerment’

The Neon Museum has been awarded a $25,000 grant to offer programs that educate and empower older adults in learning and appreciating the arts.

As one of 20 museums selected through the “Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums Initiative” by Aroha Philanthropies, the Neon Museum will use the grant money to partner with Aroha, the American Alliance of Museums, and Lifetime Arts to create three series of arts education workshops for older adults, designed to help participants express their creativity.

The “Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums Initiative” addresses the need to alter perceptions about growing older in America, combat ageism and change perceptions about older adults as contributors to the culture.

“The Neon Museum is honored to participate in Aroha Philanthropies’ much-needed program to empower and enrich the lives of our aging population,” said Cynthia Behr Warso, the Neon Museum’s director of education and engagement, in a statement. “This funding will go toward the Reclaim Restore Remember Creative Series, which will offer performance, visual art and poetry workshops for seniors inspired by the Neon Museum’s collection.

“We are delighted to partner with Ryan Reid’s award-winning Sprat teaching artist program, with a focus on creating dynamic intergenerational interactions, communication and new experiences through creative expression.”

As its overall mission, Aroha Philanthropies defines it as “devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness.” For more information, visit



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