Annie Meek Montgomery is a master teaching artist and trainer. As Education Director, Annie leads the design and delivery of Lifetime Arts many professional development and education efforts. She facilitates trainings for a wide range of practitioners including teaching artists, librarians, arts organizations and funders. As a teaching artist, Annie has taught numerous creative aging memoir and performance workshops throughout the metropolitan region in public libraries and community settings.
Additionally, she was a teaching artist for over 20 years with such organizations as The New Victory Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions, White Bird Productions/Creative Theatrics and (Out) Laws and Justice. Annie is also a faculty member at The New School College of Performing Arts where she teaches the full year required course, Collaborative Research Studio – The Teaching Artist. She is an active theatre artist as an actor, director and playwright. Annie received her bachelors in acting from Boston University and her masters in educational theatre from New York University.
Sonnet Takahisa, Director of Education at the Brooklyn Historical Society, consults with museums, cultural institutions and schools and has served on national and local task forces for museums, arts, Pre-K through higher education, government funding agencies and foundations. She initiated programs at Boston Children’s Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. At the Newark Museum, Takahisa led the development and implementation of their first creative aging programs as part of Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts US Initiative.
Naomi Goldberg Haas is a dancer, master teacher, choreographer and founding artistic director of Dances For A Variable Population (DVP). She also leads DVP’s educational programs, including the organization’s free community-based dance workshops that have served over 5,000 seniors at 45 senior centers since 2009. She served on the Arts, Media and Culture Committee as appointed by the Mayors Office for Age Friendly NYC (2015-2018).
Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO of Lifetime Arts, leads the development of Lifetime Arts’ national programming models, training programs and resources for Creative Aging stakeholders including teaching artists. Named a 2017 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue, she promotes the field of Creative Aging at major national conferences in the arts, public library and senior service sectors. She has informed policy and created innovative programming for adults and children with premiere arts and educational organizations including the NYC Department of Education, Studio in a School and Young Audiences/New York.