Foundation releases report on diversity and creative ageing

A new publication by the Baring Foundation celebrates a selection of projects that have brought arts and creativity to under-served older communities.

Over the course of ten years of funding the creative ageing sector, the foundation has sought to make the Arts and Older People programme as inclusive as possible. The report recognises that providing for the full diversity of the older population is unfinished business and a future challenge for the creative ageing sector and more widely arts and culture organisations, funders and policy-makers.

The eleven case studies featured in the report (not all funded by the foundation) set out to engage sectors of the older population that might be seen as traditionally underserved, including BAME, gender diverse and disabled.

The foundation states: “The biggest mistake in creative ageing would be to treat older people as a homogenous group ... In general, people are not easily categorised and may wish to identify with one group, many groups, or none. We are all the sum of – and more than – our parts.”

Read the report in full here.