For the past three years, Dane Stauffer has been teaching a storytelling program series at the Park Square Theater in Minneapolis, MN. Dane was in the middle of teaching the last segment when COVID-19 forced the theater to close. With the theater’s blessing, Dane shifted to an online format and retitled the program: “Storytellers Online: Bringing Our Stories to the World.”
Gloria King and Jarahn Cosby perform, “Acting Out!,” at “Advancing Creative Aging in NYC,” a convening held on February 7, 2020 at the Ford Foundation in New York to celebrate and share the findings from the New York City Creative Aging Initiative, a project of Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, Lifetime Arts, and LiveOn NY, funded by The New York Community Trust.
Writer and Director: Julie Kline
Teaching Artist Sound Artist: Liza Zapol Music
Composition: Nelson Downend
This performance was created through Roots&Branches Theater and the Stanley Isaacs Senior Center.
During week eight of the LGBTQIA+ creative aging program, “Stay Gold,” offered at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson, COVID-19 hit and forced the museum to shut down. This article focuses on how the program was able to shift to an online format and maintain the real-time connection and social artmaking experience with older adult learners.
In this interview with Lifetime Arts’ Director of Education, Annie Montgomery, she talks about how her passion for theatre inspired her to become a teaching artist, and how a colleague invited her to co-teach one of Lifetime Arts first pilot program at the New York Public Library. This work opened up opportunities for her to do more work in storytelling, memoir and performance in a more organized capacity. Annie shares her experiences working in this field and with older adult learners.
In this interview with multi-disciplinary artist, Will Clipman, he talks about how he got started as a teaching artist, and how he was introduced to Creative Aging programming through a Lifetime Arts’ workshop. Will also talks about the biggest surprises he has experienced with working with older adults, his biggest challenges and how he responds to them, his most memorable moments, and more.
In this interview, Marjorie Shaefer talks about how she began teaching storytelling programs to adults 55+ through the Johnson City Public Library (JCPL), the most challenging and rewards aspects of this work and how Creative Aging programs benefit her students. Marjorie’s class at JCPL is part of Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts U.S. Initiative.
Lifetime Arts’ Roster Teaching Artist and award winning storyteller, Robin Bady, has been teaching theatre, writing and storytelling for as long as she can remember. Her career began with teaching children in schools and later branched out to teaching in libraries, theaters, parks and senior centers. In 2012, Robin was awarded the National Storytelling Network’s J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant. She is currently a master teaching artist for Lifetime Arts.
Debra Pasquerette, teaching artist and Manager of Community Engagement at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA, has worked with people of all generations across the community. As part of GRoW @ The Wallis, the center’s lifelong learning initiative, Debra teaches, “Staged Stories,” a Creative Aging workshop series made possible through the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Lifetime Arts. The Wallis was selected as one of 10 nonprofit arts organizations across the country to receive seed grants toward the launch of these innovative arts education programs for older adults in their communities, as part of the Catalyzing Creative Aging 2019-2020 Program.
Debra Pasquerette, teaching artist and Manager of Community Engagement at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills CA, teaches “Staged Stories,” a storytelling/memoir program part of GRoW @ The Wallis, the Center’s lifelong learning initiative. Her and her students were preparing for their culminating event when the COVID-19 crisis forced them to cancel. Feeling compelled to find a way to stay connected, Debra extended the curriculum beyond the original 8 weeks to allow for additional meetings via Zoom.