Expert Type: Writer

Francesca Rosenberg

Francesca Rosenberg is the Director of Community, Access, and School Programs. She has played a key role in implementing programs that serve people living with dementia and their care partners at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Part of this work includes the launch of, “The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia,” a national model in creative aging therapeutic programming.

Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth is American Alliance of Museums’ Vice President for Strategic Foresight, and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums. She is the author of the Alliance’s annual report, “TrendsWatch,” and writes and speaks prolifically on the trends shaping the future of nonprofit organizations. Elizabeth leads the Allilances’ efforts in promoting creative aging programming, training and partnership development.

Ed Friedman

Ed Friedman is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lifetime Arts. He is instrumental in the coordination and implementation of multiple national initiatives for Lifetime Arts and speaks about the organization’s work at conferences and symposia across the country. He also writes a monthly column on topics related to Creative Aging for the Lifetime Arts website. Ed served as Deputy Director for The Bronx Council on the Arts for 18 years. He has also directed programs at senior centers and home care organizations, and created and led a caregivers’ support group in the Bronx.

Gene D. Cohen

The late Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, founded the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities in 1994 and served as its director as well as held professional positions in Health Care Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His Creativity and Aging Study looked at the impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. It was the first controlled study to look at the impact of tapping into creative potential apart from treating problems to promote health with aging.