Ed Friedman has spent over thirty years in parallel careers serving the arts community, and older adults and their families. As Deputy Director at the Bronx Council on the Arts (1985-2010), Ed played a leadership role in the formulation of policy and programming, advocacy and community development, as well as overseeing technical assistance services. Ed has directed programs at senior centers and home care programs, and created and led a caregivers' support group in the northern Bronx. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College and M.A. in Liberal Studies from Empire State College (SUNY). Ed's plays appear in a number of anthologies and have been produced throughout the NY metropolitan area.
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Lifetime Arts works with a wide range of arts and community organizations and agencies that serve older adults; helping them develop and sustain responsive, innovative programming by providing training, administrative support and information services. By documenting and measuring the effect of creative aging programs on participants Lifetime Arts is contributing to the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the value of arts engagement for older adults.
In just four years the organization has moved to the forefront of the field with the design and replication of a program model that offers instructional arts programs in a range of disciplines; led by professional teaching artists; and customized for older adults.
Lifetime Arts’ signature program, The Creative Aging Public Libraries Project has been acknowledged nationally as a best practice in lifelong learning and employs the Lifetime Arts model. Now in seven major library systems in four states, the project brings local libraries and professional teaching artists together and helps them create free, high quality arts learning programs for older adults in public libraries. Lifetime Arts’ model will be disseminated nationally by the American Library Association through an online, creative aging “toolkit” benefitting thousands of librarians and others who serve older adults in community based organizations.
Lifetime Arts recently received the inaugural Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award from the National Center for Creative Aging. Major funding has been awarded by some of the most discerning philanthropic groups, including AARP Foundation, the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, MetLife Foundation and the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.