Montana Arts Council

Montana Arts Council

The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy, and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.

 

Creative Aging Profile

More information coming soon.

Agency Initiative

The Montana Arts Council strives to provide access to quality arts learning to develop the creative potential of Montanans of all ages. Towards that end, the Artists in Schools and Communities program provides matching funds that support a wide range of arts learning experiences and artist residencies for participants of all ages with professional working artists, as well as other special projects that support arts learning in schools and community settings.

Creative Aging Resources & Tools

50th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) offers an array of educational and social opportunities that promote the lifelong learning and personal growth of 50+ individuals through a diverse collection of noncredit short courses, special member events, lectures, and community activities.

 

Demographics

Montana’s older population is one of the largest in the country. By 2025 Montana is presumed to rank between third and fifth in the nation in the percent of older adults 65+, which will account for at least 25% of the Montana population.

  • In the next 15 to 20 years, Montana’s 65+ population is expected to increase by 9,512 people per year.
  • By 2025 there will be only 14 counties in Montana whose 60+ population will be less than 30% of their total population, and there could be around 150 communities with 60+ populations between 39% and 70% of their total population.

During this same time period (2010 to 2025), many of our more rural and frontier communities will be facing some critical changes as they see their 60 and older populations increase from 20% currently to as high as 70%. There are currently 137 communities in Montana whose 60 and older populations make up 20% to 49.7% of their total population. And by 2025, Montana could have 150 communities with 60 and older populations between 39% and 70% of their community’s total population.

Creative Aging Point Person

Monica Grable

Arts Education Director