Connected for Life

Our Program

Connected for Life: Object-based Digital Programming to Foster Active Minds for Senior Living Communities, serves older adults and senior living communities (SLC) in Iowa, populations especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and underserved in outreach and engagement programs. We hope to increase participants’ sense of connection, engagement, and well-being, and decrease feelings of isolation through live virtual programs. This website also offers a catalog of multimedia visuals, organized by program theme, for all website visitors to enjoy.

Virtual programming is coordinated and delivered by four world-class museum and library units at the University of Iowa (UI): Stanley Museum of Art, Office of the State Archaeologist, Pentacrest Museums, and UI Libraries. Our programs will explore objects in our collections focused on art, archaeology, natural history, and historical archives.

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The Connected for Life project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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The UI Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) has in its collections thousands of artifacts from sites where the ancestors of today’s Native American communities lived or visited. OSA works closely with the OSA Indian Advisory Council, which includes representatives from five area tribes, on archaeological issues impacting Indigenous people and outreach initiatives that share some their story. OSA is also involved with the UI Native American Council. No objects or images featured in Connected for Life programs, videos, or photo galleries are from a mortuary or sacred context; OSA does not publicly share images of such objects.