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.
“Nell Irvin Painter is a leading historian of the United States. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University.” (Ref: https://history.princeton.edu/people/nell-irvin-painter) As a scholar, she has published numerous books, articles, reviews, and other essays and has served on numerous editorial boards and as an officer of many different professional organizations. Ms. Painter exemplifies the value of creative aging, as described in her memoir, “Old in Art School.” At age 64, after a full career as an historian (teacher and writer), she pursued an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Art (painting).
Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of several books and an editor of, “Cultural Production in a Digital Age.” His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and more.
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, teacher, and speaker. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. Her, “Critical Response Process,” underpins creative aging curriculum design and is incorporated into teaching artist training in creative aging.
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).
Mary Erickson is a professor at Arizona State University. Her research has been supported through numerous grants from the National Art Education Foundation. She is collaborating with museum educators at the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tempe Center for the Arts, and the ASU Art Museum on updating and revising Token Response, a classic interactive gallery game for all ages and all skill levels.
Julene Johnson, PhD, is both the Associate Dean of Research for the University of California Sane Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. She is also the Research Education Core Lead and mentor in the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Dr. Johnson’s research program focuses on cognitive aging and older adults. Her recent study for the NIH underscores the benefits of engagement in arts education (choral) programs for older adults.
Mary Catherine Bateson is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. In 2010, Mary authored the book, “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom,” on the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults. This project lead to further exploration of intergenerational communication and involved her as a special consultant to the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of the Libraries for the Future.
Pauline Rothstein, PhD, is Program Administrator for the LIU/NYU Dual Degree Masters Program at New York University. A long time adjunct faculty member for LIU’s Palmer School, the Institute she developed on lifelong learning for older adults, was the catalyst for the current volume. She also co-authored, “Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Roles of Libraries,” with Diantha Dow Schull.