Paint strokes, musical chords, comical phrases, and play lines. These are all things that can be learned in a classroom. Using those skills to create works of art is something that inherently lies within certain individuals.
Susan Perlstein, MSW
Susan Perlstein is the Founder Emeritus for the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, DC and the Founder of Elders Share the Arts in New York City. She is an educator, social worker, administrator and artist. She has served as a consultant for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Board of Education, and regularly presents on a national level for organizations, most recently for Generations United, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies, and the Society for the Arts and Healthcare. Ms. Perlstein has contributed significantly to the training and educational offerings of American Society on Aging. She received the Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in “Creativity and Aging” training. She served on the American Society on Aging Board of Directors. She has written extensively on creativity and late-life learning. Her articles appear in numerous professional journals, including Arts in the Public Interest and Gerontology and in the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today, The Older LEARNer and Dimensions. Ms. Perlstein is the author of co-author of several books: Alert and Alive, Generating Community: Intergenerational Programs through the Expressive Arts and Legacy Works: Transforming Memory into Visual Art. In spring 2006, she was guest editor of
Generations Journal on “Arts and Aging.”