ArtSage connects people in the field of arts and aging with leadership, resources, and best practices, both in person and via technology.


ArtSage brings together local and national experts and leaders to strengthen and expand the arts and aging movement.


ArtSage provides consulting services and training for artists and organizations to promote healthy aging through the arts.


ArtSage is a connector, convener and catalyst for the field of arts and aging. Through training programs, consulting services and online resources we provide creative arts experiences that improve the lives of older adults.

A short video featuring ArtSage mentors working 
with our artists-in-training!

ArtSage Interim Director Tammy Hauser interviewed by 
Kevyn Burger on Comcast Newsmakers

In The News

Upcoming Events/Opportunities:

ARTS IN HEALTH: PATIENTS, PROVIDERS AND THE COMMUNITY, A Regional Arts in Healthcare Symposium, November 16-17, 2014
The Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine and Global Alliance for Arts & Health presents a Regional Arts in Healthcare Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in November. They have issued a call for abstracts and proposals for presentations on innovative programs incorporating the arts into all aspects of health care, medical education, and community health. Symposium registration opens on August 1. The deadline to submit an abstract is August 15, 2014 at 5:00pm CDT. Notification will be made by email in September 2014.
More information and submission guidelines »


Making News:

ArtSage selected as finalist in St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge
ArtSage was one of 69 finalists selected by the Knight Foundation for their Saint Paul Arts Challenge, out of more than 850 entries. Read more here »  

ArtSage executive director Tammy Hauser, on WCCO Radio.
Hear about the upcoming Midwest Arts & Aging Conference and why the arts are so important to a vital live. Click here to listen »

ArtSage leader on Comcast Newsmakers
Executive Director Tammy Hauser talk about  the link between creative expression and healthy aging with TV host Kevyn Burger on Comcast Newsmakers. Watch here »

New Worlds Open at the Artist’s Easel by John Hanc
New York Times story on the benefits of art for older adults which includes survey by Mental Health Foundation of Britain in 2011. Read the story »

New Alzheimer's studies point to new care options.  One report from the University of Minnesota suggests nursing homes need to undergo a culture shift in the way they assess and care for Alzheimer's patients. MPR has the story »

For Alzheimer's patients, music can be a light in the darkness
Workers at the Hillview Healthcare Center in La Crosse, Wis. are using iPods to help Alzheimer's patients rekindle long-lost memories through the use of music. Here's the MPR story »

The 2014 Most Beautiful Minds in America
Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential is a campaign that celebrates individuals who are keeping their minds beautiful and raises awareness of the actions people can take to maintain one of the most vital parts of the body—the brain. Read more here »

Behavorial therapies for dementia patients   3/17/14
Nurses from Ecumen Awakenings talk about their program and findings Read the Washington Post article »

How hospice workers use music therapy
Star Tribune reporter Bill Ward looks at how music therapists help hospice patients look at legacies Read the article here »

Replacing drugs with music enhances lives of seniors
Pilot project in Canada aims to reduce use of anti-psychotic medication Read the story and see the video here »

Researchers says brains of older people are not weak, just full.
Read the study from scientists at Tübingen University, Germany »

ArtSage training artist writes book on becoming older woman
At age 69, Lucy Rose Fischer published a book that provides a humorous look at her own aging process. Read about Lucy Rose Fischer in the Star Tribune here »

New program reduces agitation in dementia patients. 1/13/14
Learn about a new program whose goal is to use activity, rather than drugs, to keep dementia patients calmer, safer, and more engaged. Read more here »

Creativity can last well into old age  12/16/13
Read the Washington Post article on creativity and aging. Reporter Tara Bahrampour has the story »

Connecting Artists and Seniors
ArtSage receives grant from Metro Regional Arts Council to create SageConnect, an online searchable database that will link artists and arts organizations trained to work with older adults to senior communities who are searching for people and programs that can offer high quality engaging arts experiences for older adults.

Join the ArtSage Board of Directors. Applications being accepted.
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ArtSage Programs Featured in Star Tribune Article
Minnesota arts educators are well-trained to work with children. Now a nonprofit called ArtSage hopes to build a corps of arts educators and institutions that are trained to work with the special needs and skills of the elderly. Read More »

National Recognition for ArtSage!
See what Dorothy Wohlschlagel of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) had to say about us and the NCCA's comprehensive evaluation of ArtSage in her July 31 blog post. Read More »

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