New agency to offer support for arts and older people

Funding for a new sector support body for the creative ageing field has been awarded to a partnership led by Manchester Museums.

The Manchester Museum has announced exciting news of plans for a new national agency to lead innovation, address ageism and realise the potential of a creative ageing society. The recruitment process to find a director to lead the agency begins next month and it will launch in 2020.

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, is the lead organisation in collaboration with the Whitworth, Manchester Art Gallery and GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the ten GM councils and the mayor). MICRA is also supporting the programme. The partners have an internationally recognised track record in leading innovative age friendly practice, adopting a citizen-based approach which champions agency, active participation and work led by older people across the arts.

“It’s time to build momentum and for imaginative, brave thinking and action if we are going to address ageism and realise the potential of a creative ageing society,” said Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum and GM Ageing Hub Strategic Lead for Culture.

“I’d encourage those who share this ambition – arts organisations, cultural leaders, policymakers, academics, artists and investors – to step up and get involved.”

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