Creative Aging Roster Now Offers 100+ Teaching Artists in 9 States

Lifetime Arts Welcomes 23 New Teaching Artists to The Creative Aging Roster

Roster Artists Annie Montgomery (middle) and Lauren Jost (right) lead a Lifetime Arts creative aging workshop at a library in New York City.

Roster Artists Annie Montgomery (middle) and Lauren Jost (right) lead a creative aging workshop at a library in New York City.

Last month, Lifetime Arts convened a panel to review and vet the latest round of applicants to the Creative Aging Roster, a free service we offer which provides direct access to teaching artists who are qualified to instruct older adults in community settings.

With the addition of the following 23 artists, there are now over 100 vetted teaching artists from 9 states on the Roster: CA, CT, FL, MA, NJ, NY, OH, PA and WA.

Congratulations to our newest Roster artists!

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To View & Search Artist Profiles

createIn order to search for and view artists’ profiles on the Roster, new users will need to create a profile first.

1. If you are a first-time user, please click on the “Create Your Profile” button (pictured at left) to begin.

2. We will ask you to indicate whether you are an individual or an organization, and we will prompt you to enter a desired username, password, and email address. You will then receive a verification email at the address you have supplied.

3. Then, please click on the link in the email to verify your email address.

4. Finally, enter the username and password that you selected to access and search the Roster.

To Be Notified of the Next Application Review

We plan to conduct Creative Aging Roster application reviews on a quarterly schedule. If you would like to be notified of the next application deadline, please send an email to Nathan Majoros, Program Manager: nmajoros@lifetimearts.org.
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Lifetime Arts Receives 2013 National Library Week Award from WLS

L to r: Cathy Draper, WLS Board Member; Ed Friedman; Maura O'Malley; Dave Danelson, WLS Board President.

L to r: Cathy Draper, WLS Board Member; Ed Friedman; Maura O’Malley; Dave Danelson, WLS Board President.

On April 18, Lifetime Arts co-founders Maura O’Malley and Ed Friedman received the 2013 National Library Week Recognition Award from the Westchester Library System (WLS) for their outstanding contribution to public libraries.

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L to r: Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley

The award ceremony was part of the 22nd Annual Book and Author Luncheon held at the CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY.

The award was presented by WLS Board Member Cathy Draper and Board President Dave Danelson, who lauded Lifetime Arts for its work with Westchester libraries as well as with libraries around the country.

In accepting the award, the pair expressed their gratitude to the librarians and teaching artists who made the commitment to lifelong learning through the arts for people of all ages.

L to r: Ed Friedman, Maura O'Malley, George Oros, Chief-of-Staff for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

L to r: Ed Friedman, Maura O’Malley, George Oros, Chief-of-Staff for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Following the presentation Maura and Ed received a proclamation issued by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who cited Lifetime Arts for “their commitment to libraries, and their place in our communities for learning and connection, and for providing meaningful artmaking programming for older adults in libraries.”

Lifetime Arts team members (l to r): Nathan Majoros, Maura O'Malley, Ed Friedman, Ryann Schermer.

Lifetime Arts team members (l to r): Nathan Majoros, Maura O’Malley, Ed Friedman, Ryann Schermer.

Programs for 55+ Shifting from “Needy” to “Engaging”

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Read the interview with Maura O’Malley

For the second time in a year, Preserving Your Memory magazine, a publication of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, has profiled Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging in Libraries Project sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

“With this new set of creative aging programs, MetLife Foundation is helping us share Lifetime Arts’ successful program model with major library systems beyond New York and helping shift ‘senior’ programming from passive entertainment to engaged learning,” says Ed Friedman, Executive Director of Lifetime Arts.

The article, in which Lifetime Arts Co-Founder & President/CEO Maura O’Malley, is interviewed, chronicles:

  • The national expansion of the MetLife Creative Aging in Libraries Project to 18 libraries outside of New York State
  • Further proposed expansion in partnership with ALA and AARP Foundation
  • The creation of a Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network of libraries
  • Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building support in the form of training, access to proven tools and resources via the forthcoming Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries
  • How creative aging combats isolation
  • The shifting view of library services for older adults from negative and needy to positive and engaged
  • How libraries are helping Americans grow older in a more engaging way through creative aging programs

Read “Creative Aging Libraries Project Expands,” Spring 2013 >>
Read “MetLife Foundation Gives Major Grant to Arts Learning,” Spring 2012 >> (PDF)