Research-a-palooza is a capacity-building program for teaching artists, arts organizations, and health/aging organizations with a serious and committed interest in strengthening existing Creative Aging programs through research and development efforts.

Research-a-palooza consists of:

  1. a sequential series of webinars and homework assignments to foster the development of a proposal for a creative aging research project
  2. a bank of 2 hours of research consultant hours to assist with the implementation and evaluation of a creative aging research project (must attend all three webinars to receive consultation hours)

Webinar 1: Research Foundations

Monday, April 19, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 pm AZ

In this webinar attendees will be introduced to the research process. Steps in the research process include topic development, consent and ethics of evaluation, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination. Attendees will receive homework assignments related to topic development for a research project that they will conduct during this project.

Webinar 2: Research Design

Monday, May 3, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 pm AZ

In this webinar attendees will be introduced to various research designs, the ethics of research with older adults, and data collection tools. Attendees will receive homework assignments related to the ethics of research for their proposed topic.

Webinar 3: Research Analysis

Monday, May 17, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 pm AZ

In this webinar attendees will be introduced to various quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques. Attendees will receive homework assignments related to their final research proposal that they will implement during the project.


About Melita Belgrave

Melita Belgrave, Ph.D. MT-BC is an associate professor of music therapy at ASU. She has presented her research on older adults and intergenerational programming at regional, national, and international conferences. Prior to her appointment at Arizona State University, Belgrave taught in the music therapy program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at ASU, Belgrave currently teaches undergraduate and graduate music therapy courses, serves as the advisor for the music therapy student organization, and has been appointed as the administrator of the Arizona State University Music Therapy Clinic.

About AZ Creative Aging and Research-a-palooza

In 2019, the Arts Commission and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, in partnership with the Institute of Sustainable Communities, developed a five-month engagement process that prioritized the perspective and voices of the creative aging sector in an effort to strengthen the creative aging movement in Arizona. The process successfully gathered information from community leaders and local creative aging experts to articulate and define a set of strategies unique to Arizona. The creative aging visioning process resulted in the following final strategies; Research-a-palooza was developed out of this process and in response to these collective strategies.

Strategy A

Build the capacity for the creative aging sector to deepen collaboration and relationships between artists and organizations.

Strategy B

Increase advocacy to policy makers and general public awareness of creative aging programming and the benefits it has among older adults and an entire community

Strategy C

Strengthen the creative aging community through:

  • Dedicated research and evaluation efforts by all
  • Increased collaboration and connectivity
  • Increased communication among peers

Strategy D

Ensure equity is prioritized throughout the creative aging sector.

Strategy E

Build a creative aging culture where the community is able to remain innovative, imaginative and nimble.