Janine Tursini

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Director & C.E.O., Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)
Speaker & Consultant

Janine Tursini is Director & CEO of Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA), a pioneering human service organization that delivers personalized, high-quality arts experiences to older adults throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community. These arts engagement programs are led by trained artists, and are designed to minimize the effects of physical and cognitive challenges, especially those within the region’s most frail and vulnerable elder populations.  Under Janine’s leadership AFTA (www.AFTAarts.org) has been named a Model Program in Lifelong Learning by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Trailblazer by the Maryland Department of Aging and One of the Best D.C. Area Small Charities for Excellence, Impact and Cost-effectiveness by the Catalog for Philanthropy (CFP-DC.org). AFTA has been featured in the Washington Post, on CNN News, and in the award-winning national PBS documentary film Do Not Go Gently.  Janine joined AFTA as program director in 1998 and has been director since 2006.  She serves on the advisory board of the Washington D.C. Geriatric Education Center Consortium with The George Washington University Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities, she is on the Long-Term Care National Advisory Council of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. She is recipient of the Greater Washington Urban League’s Community Service Award and has consulted on best practices in creative aging programs for organizations locally and nationally, including AARP, National Endowment for the Arts, Administration for Community LIving (formerly Administration on Aging), National Center for Creative Aging and National Council on the Aging. Her career in the arts began at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where she assisted in the inception and launch of the Gallery’s Department of Public Programs, and where she also served as the College of Art and Design’s Director of Student Services. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Dickinson College, and completed executive leadership training with Washington D.C.’s Center for Non-Profit Advancement.

Program and Project Development
Keynote Speaker
Aging Services Provider