State: CA


From the engAGE website:

“EngAGE is a nonprofit that takes a whole-person approach to community and creative, healthy aging by providing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to thousands of seniors and families living in affordable senior and multi-generational apartment communities in California, Oregon, and Minnesota.”

Creative Aging Focus:

EngAGE in Creativity is a community-based multi-disciplinary arts program led by professional artists who provide college-level arts classes, programs, and events to older adults in affordable senior and multigenerational apartment communities.

Mary Crescenzo, Teaching Artist

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.”

Debra Pasquerette, Teaching Artist

Debra Pasquerette, teaching artist and Manager of Community Engagement at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA, has worked with people of all generations across the community. As part of GRoW @ The Wallis, the center’s lifelong learning initiative, Debra teaches, “Staged Stories,” a Creative Aging workshop series made possible through the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Lifetime Arts. The Wallis was selected as one of 10 nonprofit arts organizations across the country to receive seed grants toward the launch of these innovative arts education programs for older adults in their communities, as part of the Catalyzing Creative Aging 2019-2020 Program.

Creative Aging Enrollment at Pasadena Conservatory of Art Increases

Since the fall of 2018, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, part of the National Guild for Community Art Education’s Catalyzing Creative Aging Initiative, has continued to see an enrollment increase due to its adult 55+ programs, with offerings like Ukulele Jam, Adult Musical Theater Stage Presence Workshop, Glee Club and more.  At the Conservatory, the Creative Aging programming is rolled into the Adult Department, fostering intergenerational learning and performance. The photo gallery includes Conservatory’s recital from spring of 2019 and features their growing student body of 55+ Creative Aging learners.

Online Storytelling Class at The Wallis Retains Intimacy of In-person Workshop

Debra Pasquerette, teaching artist and Manager of Community Engagement at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills CA, teaches “Staged Stories,” a storytelling/memoir program part of GRoW @ The Wallis, the Center’s lifelong learning initiative. Her and her students were preparing for their culminating event when the COVID-19 crisis forced them to cancel. Feeling compelled to find a way to stay connected, Debra extended the curriculum beyond the original 8 weeks to allow for additional meetings via Zoom.