Since 2012, EIAA has been offering fine arts programming to residents of senior living communities through the Ignite Program. The Ignite Program’s goal is to use fine arts classes, including visual arts, movement and creative writing to assist caregivers in providing a richer quality of life for the residents of our partner retirement communities.

The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy welcomes the opportunity to partner with your senior living community to bring the arts to life for your residents!

EIAA is proud to offer fine arts programming at the following locations:

Keystone Senior Communities
Meth-Wick Community
Milestones Adult Day Health Center
Mercy Caregivers Center

Importance of IGNITE Program

In the assisted living community, and particularly within the memory care units of assisted living facilities, quality of life is of the utmost importance to the residents and their families. Providing stimulating and engaging activities for the residents of assisted living communities is a challenge faced by the activities directors employed there. Due to the diversity of the populations living in assisted living facilities, including age, physical abilities and cognitive and memory skills, finding activities that challenge residents and stretch imaginations, while being accessible to all, can be difficult. Art activities that challenge cognitive processing, reinforce reasoning skills, and ignite imagination and memory are a valuable addition to the activity schedules in all assisted living communities.


To use fine art classes to provide a richer quality of life for the residents of local retirement communities. We pride ourselves on our ability to customize our programs to meet the needs of your community members.


To use the arts to offer the opportunity for self-expression and challenge participants both mentally and physically. Our innovative fine arts programming, provided by an art therapist and qualified artists representing a variety of artistic mediums, invites participants to engage in meaningful activities designed to connect them with their innate creativity, enrich life, and spark memories.


According to the US Census bureau, 13.1% of the population of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is over the age of 65. EIAA’s Ignite Program is assisting a part of the population within that age group living in senior living communities, who are exhibiting slower life styles due to dementia or the natural aging process.