Award from Aroha Philanthropies to Create Quality Learning Opportunities for Active Older Adults

LAS VEGAS (September 2018) – The Neon Museum has been awarded a $25,000 grant through Aroha Philanthropies’ “Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums" initiative. The initiative helps create and enrich arts learning programs for older adults in museums across the United States. The Neon Museum is one of 20 museums selected. As a result of the receiving the grant, the Neon Museum will partner with Aroha Philanthropies, in collaboration with American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and Lifetime Arts, to create three series of workshops that provide quality arts learning opportunities to active older adults, empowering them to express their creativity.

“The Neon Museum is honored to participate in Aroha Philanthropies’ much-needed program to empower and enrich the lives of our aging population,” explains Cynthia Behr Warso, director of education and engagement, Neon Museum. “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.


   “Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums” addresses the urgent need to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America, combat ageism, and promote a healthy change in attitudes toward aging as growth and older adults as contributors.

Arts education programs – those that inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging – are a subset of the broad field of creative aging. They are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring connection, improved health and well- being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. Aroha Philanthropies champions arts programs that keep us vital, joyful and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in those 55+.


Aroha Philanthropies is 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. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. More information is available at


Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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