Art Form: Poetry

Bill Wertheim, Teaching Artist

In this interview with poet and artist, Bill Wertheim, he talks about how he got started as a teaching artist, and how he later met Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley at the Town of Pelham Public Library while teaching poetry/memoir classes. He connected with the work at Lifetime Arts and his career in the Creative Aging took off. Bill shares his experiences with working with older adults, the most satisfying parts of this work, and more.

Mary Crescenzo, Teaching Artist

In this interview with literary teaching artist, Mary Crescenzo, she talks about her first experience with teaching older adult learners, and how this experience led her to instruct adult education courses in theater, visual, and literary arts at various colleges in New York, Tulsa, and Santa Fe. This also led to her creation of an arts and Alzheimer’s program using watercolor, music and movement, called “An ABC Approach to Alzheimer’s Awareness and Care Through the Arts.”

Dave Johnson, Teaching Artist

In this interview with poet and teaching artist, Dave Johnson, he talks about how he got started as a teaching artist at Poets House, a poetry library in New York City. His teaching artist career led him to teaching poetry workshops to older adults in Brooklyn libraries, but mostly in senior centers, day centers, nursing homes and live-in facilities. Dave also shares his experiences working with older adults, along with the skills, challenges, surprises and rewards.

Hermine Meinhard, Teaching Artist

In this interview with teaching artist Hermine Meinhard, she talks about how she got started as a teaching artist and poet, and how Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging in America’s Libraries Initiative led her to teach Creative Aging programs to older adult learners. Hermine also shares her biggest challenges in this work, her most memorable moments, and more.

10*10*10: Free Poetry Workshops with Dave Johnson

From March 23 through March 27, Lifetime Arts Roster Artist Dave Johnson partnered with Poets House to host 10-minute poetry workshops at 10AM EST. In the workshop, participants tuned in to write a quick poem with him each morning and share it. At the end of 10 days, participants had 10 new poems!