In this interview, Lifetime Arts’ Education Associate and theater artist, Julie Kline, who began her creative work with younger children, talks about how her experience with working with an intergenerational theater company, Roots & Branches Theater, led her to working creatively with older adults. She also shares an experience from one of her classes that demonstrates the benefits of Creative Aging for older adults.
In this article, written by Lifetime Arts’ Deputy Director, Shannon McDonough, and published by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Lifetime Arts presents free resources we are offering in an effort to assist in the continuation of remote arts education programming since the COVID-19 outbreak. Included in this article is a video featuring Lifetime Arts’ Director of Education Annie Montgomery and Education Associate Julie Kline, who talk about what COVID-19 meant for them and their peers in the arts education field, the genesis of the campaign, why Lifetime Arts is offering “Creative Aging 101” now, and about what to keep in mind when designing remote learning for older adults.
In April 2019, in continuation of a statewide training being conducted by Lifetime Arts, Education Director, Annie Montgomery, and teaching artist, Julie Kline, traveled to northern Wisconsin to deliver two full-day professional development workshops on Creative Aging programming for public librarians working in suburban and rural libraries. These training sessions were sponsored by the Winnefox Library System, and were funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
To meet the growing demand for Creative Aging programming across the U.S., for the first time ever, the National Guild for Community Arts Education introduced a Creative Aging Track at their 82nd national conference held recently in Austin, TX. Lifetime Arts CEO, Maura O’Malley, and Director of Education, Annie Montgomery, helped to guide the development of the new track and traveled to Austin along with our Trainer, Julie Kline, to deliver two sessions; the “Catalyzing Creative Aging Institute,” and “Arts Equity: Combating Ageism to Fuel Creative Aging Programs, Funders and Partnerships.”