Since March 2020, the San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC) has developed several new ways to adapt their Older Adult Choir Program (OACP), which serves nearly 400 older adults in senior centers throughout San Francisco, to a successful online learning platform. To keep their dynamic choir communities connected during COVID-19, the CMC worked with their senior center partners, where brick and mortar choirs take place, to create instructional videos on their YouTube Channel, which led to implementing sessions on Zoom.
Through clear and innovative programming, active demonstration of program benefits, and equal investment in their community of teaching artists and participants, Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) has been able to build successful, lasting relationships with a variety of partner organizations. These partnerships have formed the backbone of their programming, and sustained them throughout the 15 years of their existence.
In this interview with theatre artist, Lauren Jost, she talks about how she began her teaching artist career at the Seattle Children’s Theater after college. Her work with children inspired her to explore how arts education could benefit members outside of the K-12 population, and she was asked by a colleague to co-teach a Creative Aging course. Lauren also talks about the differences and similarities with working with the K-12 and older adult populations, her most memorable moments in her career, and more.
In this interview, visual artist Bernie D’Ettorre talks about how she began teaching art classes to Alzheimer’s patients at area art galleries. This led to her teaching Creative Aging classes to senior groups at nursing homes. Bernie also shares her advice for teaching older adults, along with the challenges and rewards that come with this work.
A graduate of Brown University with a Master’s in Music Performance from New York University, Lifetime Arts Roster teaching artist, Lisa Spraragen is a classical and flamenco guitarist and dancer. In 2018, she taught three Creative Aging programs for us as a part of the National Guild’s Catalyzing Creativity in New York City initiative made possible by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.