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Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit
photo of two men and three women dancing (Kairos)


Project Partners
Project Consultants
Advisory Committee
Additional Thanks

Project Partners

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
Kenneth Cole, Associate Director

National Center for Creative Aging
Susan Perlstein, Founder and Director of Education and Training

National Center for Creative Aging
Gay P. Hanna, Executive Director

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Desirée Urquhart, Former Vice President of Arts Education

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Donna Bost White, Director of Education and Special Projects

Project Consultants

Management and Writing: JMB Arts Management

Evaluation: Performance Results, Inc.

Editing: Ellen Hirzy

Design: fuszion

Spanish Translation: Julia Cisneros Fitzpatrick, C.T.

Advisory Committee

Gene Cohen, M.D., Director, Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities, George Washington University

Roy Ernst, Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music, and Founder
New Horizons Music

Beverly Ferry, Executive Director
Wabash County Council on Aging, Inc. (representing the National Institute of Senior Centers )

Maria Genné, Artistic Director
Kairos Dance Theatre

John McEwen, Executive Director
New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Robin Middleman, Arts Education Coordinator
New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Harry R. “Rick” Moody, Director of Academic Affairs

Patricia A. Polansky, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Aging and Community Services
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Lisa Shaw, Former Director of Adult Programs
Levine School of Music


Unless otherwise noted, all quotations are from phone interviews conducted with leaders in the arts and aging field between November 2006 and January 2007 and in July and August 2007. The project partners would like to thank the following individuals for their time and advice:

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
Gary Mex Glazner, Director

Arts for the Aging, Inc
Janine Tursini, Executive Director

ArtAge Publications / The Senior Theatre Resource Center
Bonnie Vorenberg, President

Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts / Institute on Aging
Jeff Chapline, Administrative and Artistic Director

Creative Aging Cincinnati
Mary Kay Morris, Former Executive Director

Drum Circle Facilitators Guild
Nelli Hill, Secretary (Founder, Playful Spirit Adventures)

Elder Craftsmen, Inc.
Janet Langlois, Former Executive Director

Elders Share the Arts
Carolyn Zablotney, Executive Director

EngAGE: The Art of Active Aging
Maureen Kellen-Taylor, Vice President

Evergreens Senior HealthCare System
Janie Johnson, Renaissance Director

The Golden Tones
Maddie Sifantus, Founder and Director

Foundation for Quality Care
Ed Graham, Former President

Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha
Chris Gillette, Co-Founder

Kairos Dance Theatre
Maria Genné, Artistic Director

Levine School of Music
Lisa Shaw, Former Director of Adult Programs

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
John Borstel, Humanities Director

Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
Pam Halladay, Senior Program Officer

Memories in the Making
La Doris “Sam” Heinly, National Program Consultant

National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations
c/o American Music Therapy Association
Laura Greenstone, Chair

National Endowment for the Arts
Barry Bergey, Director, Folk and Traditional Arts

National Institute of Senior Centers
Beverly Ferry, Executive Director
Wabash County Council on Aging, Inc.

New Horizons Music
Roy Ernst, Founder

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Pat Polansky, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Aging and Community Services

Tina Wolverton
Director, New Jersey Office of Area Agency on Aging Administration

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
Susan Peterson, Vice President and Administrative Director

The OASIS Institute
Marcia Kerz, President

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute National Resource Center
Kali Lightfoot, Director

Roland Corporation U.S.
Lynda Smith

The Seasoned Performers
Martha Haarbauer, Executive Director

SPIRAL Arts, Inc.
Jean Badran, Director of Elder Arts
Priscilla Dreyman, Executive Director

Stagebridge Senior Theatre Company
Stuart Kandell, Director

Anne Davis Basting, Founder and Director

Yamaha Corporation of America
Mike Bates, Director, Institutional and Commercial Services, MMG

Additional Thanks

Arts and Inspiration Center
Alzheimer’s Association—Heart of America Chapter

Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music

Music for All Seasons, Inc.

Transitional Keys, Inc.