About Arts & AGEing KC



Deb Campbell, Founder

Deb Campbell is an entrepreneur with more than thirty- five years combined experience in the fields of social gerontology and theatre education that led her to start Arts & AGEing KC, a nonprofit organization that serves as catalyst, convener and connector for enriching lives through creative aging.  She is a visionary that has taken a rich work history that includes social services and community outreach for retirement and assisted living communities, ownership of a drama studio and direction of a high school theatre department, melding them together into unique intergenerational community arts and creative aging experiences.


Deb's passion for theatre arts runs deep—an accomplished playwright, herself, Deb has been writing, directing and producing original plays for intergenerational casts since 1996, specializing in original self‐revelatory theatre that gives voice to lived experiences of older adults and focuses on issues relevant to aging. Two plays—Seven Stages, Seven Stories, and Dancing With Crow’s Feet—received ‘Best of Show’ recognition in Kansas City Fringe Festivals.  One was presented at the 2016 global conference on creative aging in Washington DC and the other at a prestigious international congress on gerontology and geriatric medicine in San Francisco in 2017.  Deb created Flights to Remember, another original piece inspired by life stories, in 2018 when she was invited to Singapore to lead creative aging workshops with older adults and professional caregivers. Deb worked with over 135 nursing home residents and caregivers in seven nursing homes across Singapore.  The culmination was an original devised play that performed as the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Southeast Asia Global Conference on Integrated Care.


Deb has a Masters of Science in Social Gerontology; she studied Drama Therapy as an Alternative Track student at Kansas State University; she is a trained facilitator of Aging Mastery through the National Council on Aging, and is a graduate of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Entrepreneurial program. Deb is a sought-after presenter on the topics of creative aging, reframing aging, self-revelatory and devised theatre and intergenerational theatre programming. 


Deb lives in Kansas City with her husband Mike. They have four daughters and 3 grandsons.



Arts & AGEing KC programs were designed to be intentionally interactive and participatory, customized to the needs and interests of different individuals. AAKC is at the forefront of the national conversation surrounding the impact of meaningful arts experiences, and has received recognition in the field.

Since 2008 research has grown and continues to reinforce that artful aging yields quality of life improvements for older adults, builds community, reduces isolation, and positively impacts brain health.


Additionally, there is mounting evidence of the powerful and transformative impact of arts on older adults who have chronic health complications such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Findings show enhancement in quality of life and improved social interactions. 




We're part of the culture change for aging, seeing the potentialities in aging - asset not deficit.

Ageism has been called "the next big thing." By 2030, 1 out of 5 Americans will be 65 or older. 


AAKC designs and implements original, evidence-based, meaningful arts programs that are adoptable by other groups or organizations and engage older adults together with youth through professionally led, participatory arts programs that build community.

We aim to enhance the quality of life and improve physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health outcomes through creative aging across the lifespan. 

​No other organization in the region is blending creativity, consciousness and compassion for older adults the way Arts & AGEing is. Join our movement and make a difference.

What people are saying



  • Older adults who are exploring ways to engage meaningfully in the community 

  • Arts Organizations

  • Museums

  • Libraries

  • Schools

  • Teaching Artists

  • Aging service providers 

  • Family and professional caregivers

  • Healthcare professionals

  • Veterans 

  • Civic and community leaders

  • Businesses who are re-imagining aging

  • Leaders in the field of social justice for livable communities and age-inclusive communities

  • Research professionals

The professionals at Arts & AGEing KC can consult with you to review, improve or develop a program for your community or group. Contact us to get acquainted and explore the beautiful possibilities!


Groups We've Worked With

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

New Beginnings

Northland Professionals in Aging

Olathe Civic Theatre Association

Olathe Public Library

Our Lady of Mercy Country Home

Palmer Center 

Park Hill South High School

Phoenix Family

Positive Aging Coalition

Puppetry Arts Institute

Project Concern

Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City

Riverside Community Center

Rockhurst University

Safe Home

Senior Awareness

Shawnee Town 1929 Living Museum

Shepherd’s Centers

Soundscaping Music

St. Mary’s College

Stratford Commons Memory Care

Swope Ridge Gardens

The Story Center

The Storytellers

The Writers Place 

Travanse Living

Tri-County Mental Health

Tutera Senior Living and Health Care

Unity Temple on the Plaza

Veterans Voices Writing Project

Village Shalom

Women of the Drum

Zonta International

Activity Directors Association of Missouri

Addington Place

Age Mastery Program 

Age Stage

Age Positive

Agency for Integrated Care in Singapore

Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

Benedictine College

Benton House of Lee’s Summit

Bethel Greencastle Retirement Apartments

Billie Mahoney Dance Studio

Black Archives of Mid-America

Blue Valley High School

Brookdale Overland Park

Cathedral Towers

Catholic Charities

City Union Mission

Clay County Senior Services

Continua Home Health Care

Creativity Connection

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Destiny Towers

Don Bosco Senior Center

Dooley Center

Easter Seals

Englewood Vista

Epstein Art Gallery

Flying Heart Theatre

Freedoms Frontier Heritage Area

Gamber Center

Generation Exchange

Goodcents Foundation

Guadalupe Center

Hallmark Artists – Wishes for the World

Heart of America Alzheimer’s Association

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

Hebrew Academy

International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Jewish Community Center

Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Parks and Recreation Dept.

Johnson County Public Library

Kansas Activity Directors Association

Kansas University Alzheimer’s Research Center

KC Fringe Festival

KC Museum 

KC Regional Storytellers

Keeler Women’s Center

KU - Turning Point: Center of Health and Healing

KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Lamar Court

Leawood Senior Center

Liberty Performing Arts Center

Martin Luther King Village Retirement Apartments

MC5 – Pioneer Network

McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff

Metropolitan Association for Music Therapies

Mid-America Assistance Coalition

Mid-America Regional Council – Aging Services

Mid-America Regional Council – Communities for All Ages

Missouri Institute on Minority Aging

National World War I Museum

We are grateful to our sponsors for their ongoing and meaningful support.

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P.O. Box 165303

Kansas City, MO 64116



Arts & AGEing KC is a 501(c)3 organization.

Your donations are tax deductible.

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