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 visual and performing artist Paul Ferrara, he talks about how he began teaching art on a volunteer basis at a senior center in my neighborhood. He was inspired when he attended an art exhibit from a series of classes taught by teaching artists from Elders Share the Arts, where Dr. Gene Cohen was a featured speaker. At the event, he was encouraged to teach an art class at a branch library in Washington Heights. From there, he became involved with Lifetime Arts. Paul shares his experience along with the joys of teaching older adults.
In this interview with classical flute player, Tamara Keshecki, she talks about how she began working as a teaching artist in elementary and intermediate schools, with developmentally disabled adults and through a non-profit arts organization, Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. This led her to teaching Creative Aging programs through Lifetime Arts. Through Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc., she has taught almost 100 Creative Aging classes of the Roaring Chorus. Tamara also talks about her experience in this work and serving older adults.
In this interview with poet and artist, Bill Wertheim, he talks about how he got started as a teaching artist, and how he later met Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley at the Town of Pelham Public Library while teaching poetry/memoir classes. He connected with the work at Lifetime Arts and his career in the Creative Aging took off. Bill shares his experiences with working with older adults, the most satisfying parts of this work, and more.
In this interview with dancer Joan Green, she talks about how she began teaching dance to young children. She later became fascinated by the work of choreographer Liz Lerman when she first began teaching dance to elders and included older dancers in her choreography. Joan took a workshop with her and was inspired to create a diverse inter-generational, inter-racial group of 15 women from age 12 to age 68 (including 5 professional dancers) for a three month dance and oral history workshop series. Joan shares how this work has helped her to make a difference.
In this interview with literary teaching artist, Mary Crescenzo, she talks about her first experience with teaching older adult learners, and how this experience led her to instruct adult education courses in theater, visual, and literary arts at various colleges in New York, Tulsa, and Santa Fe. This also led to her creation of an arts and Alzheimer’s program using watercolor, music and movement, called “An ABC Approach to Alzheimer’s Awareness and Care Through the Arts.”