Maura O'Malley is an arts specialist with over thirty years’ experience in program design and implementation, arts education policy and funding, non-profit arts management and community cultural work. She has worked with the New York State Council on the Arts, Westchester Arts Council, New York City Department of Education, and Studio in a School Association, Young Audiences of New York and many other premiere arts, educational and community organizations. Maura graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and earned a Masters of Public Administration in Arts Policy and Planning from New York University.
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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.