Training for Brooklyn Library Programmers 2022

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Wednesday, March 9 – Friday, March 11, 2022 from 10 am – 12 pm ET

Welcome Brooklyn Libraries! We hope you enjoyed this training as part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Digital: Connecting through Creative Aging initiative made possible through support from The New York Community Trust.

What you need to know:

  • All training recording links and presentation decks are available in each training day section
  • All post-training resources are available for your convenience
Training Description | Trainer Bios | Participation Guidelines Community Agreements
Post-training Resources | Evaluation Survey | Participating on Zoom

Day 1

Ageism Workshop and Creative Aging Program Models

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 10 am – 12 pm ET:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 1:
“Creative Aging: Enriching the Lives of Older Adults Through Arts Ed” [3:12]
“Let’s End Ageism,” TED Talk by Ashton Applewhite [11:38]
“Creative Aging: Isolation to Connection,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [2:49]

Day 2

Demonstration Classes and Program Preparation

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 10 am – 12 pm ET:
Please review the following resources prior to Day 2:

Creative Aging: In-Person to Online from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy on Vimeo.

“Creative Aging: In-person to Online,” E.A. Michelson Philanthropy [3:20]

Day 3

Successful Creative Aging Program Implementation – Now and in the Future

Friday, March 11, 2022, 10 am – 12 pm ET:
Please review the following resources and reflections prior to Day 3:

Post-training Resources

Research supporting the creative aging arts education model:
Technology support & accessibility considerations:
Teaching artist resources for in-person & remote programs:
Teaching artist resources for class design & budgeting:

Guidelines for Participating in Lifetime Arts Training

The Creative Aging Foundations course is designed so that learners can engage experientially and actively throughout the three days of training. Lifetime Arts Trainers will offer guidance and expertise in creative aging, but our main goal is to create a collaborative learning environment where participants learn from one another. To do this successfully, we ask all participants to actively participate and engage during the sessions just as if we were together in person.

We request that you:
  • If possible, please use a laptop or desktop computer to log in to the Zoom sessions. If you must log in using a phone or tablet, please have the device in a secure non-mobile set up to reduce disruptions.
  • Keep your video on if you have a camera on your computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Keep your microphones muted, unless asked to unmute yourself.
  • Engage in all activities and contribute ideas when invited to do so.
  • Break-out room group discussions will be used often, please be ready to fully participate.
  • Add questions or comments to the Chat anytime. Trainers will track the questions and will address questions that come up during the Q&A sections at the end of every day. Feel free to share resources with your fellow learners via the chat as well.
  • Review training assignments and videos in the portal prior to each day’s session so you can be fully prepared to engage in the training. The resources for each day are marked in the portal. These resources will be referenced often in the training and your responses will be discussed in break out groups during the synchronous sessions.
  • Have paper or notebook and pen/pencil/marker available for notes and activities during the training.

Community Agreements

  • Be present. Honor this time to learn and share in community with others.
  • Limit distractions in your learning space: To remain focused on the training, set aside other work-related responsibilities during the three sessions.
  • Take care of yourself: Do what you need to be present in the space
  • Some discussion questions are personal – especially with regards to feelings regarding age and aging.
  • Please hold space for one another, and share only what you feel comfortable sharing.
  • What’s said here stays here, what’s learned here leaves here.

Training Description:

This 6-hour training will take one cohort of library programmers through the Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Foundations course. We will cover:

  • Current research on arts and aging
  • Inherent biases about aging
  • Best practices in the field
  • What’s different about adult learning
  • How to apply K-12 arts ed expertise to 55+
  • How to develop responsive programming that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable
  • The planning, implementation, and sustainability of successful programming
  • Developing impactful cross-sector and community partnerships
  • How to deliver both in-person and remote programming

In addition to the Creative Aging Foundations covered above participants will:

  • Learn about exemplary programs from around the country, with a special focus on libraries, as models for successful programming
  • Learn how to choose classes that are responsive to their community
  • Learn how to market and recruit their creative aging classes
  • Develop best practices for working and supporting online creative aging programs including supporting the teaching artist
  • Learn about the importance of building an infrastructure to support creative aging programming that will plant the seeds of sustainability
  • Learn tips on supporting older adults in an online learning environment

This training includes the following demonstration classes:

  1. Ballroom Dance
  2. Chinese Brush Painting
Lead Trainers:
Headshot of Director of Education, Annie Montgomery. She has shorter blonde hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Annie Montgomery
Director of Education
Headshot of Lifetime Arts Trainer, Jade Lam. She has dark long hair and dark eyes. She is smiling.
Jade Lam
Lifetime Arts Trainer
Demo Artists

Daniela Del Giorno (Ballroom Dance)

Jade Lam (Chinese Brush Painting)

Trainer Facilitators

Daniela Del Giorno

Asma Feyijinmi

Jade Lam

Staff Facilitators

Gahlia Eden (Education Producer)

Nathan Majoros (Program Director)

Annie Montgomery (Director of Education)

David Woehr (Program Manager)