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National Center for Creative Aging Announces New Executive Director

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Apr 19, 2016

The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), which promotes healthy aging through creative expression in the arts and humanities serving older people, has announced the appointment of Jennie Smith-Peers, the current executive director of Guild member organization Elders Share the Arts (Brooklyn, NY), to serve as their new executive director.

“NCCA chose Jennie Smith-Peers because she has great passion for and understanding of our mission as well as extensive experience collaborating with stakeholders in the field of creative aging. She is a masterful change agent,” said Margery Pabst Steinmetz, president of the NCCA Board of Directors.

Smith-Peers has led Elders Share the Arts for the past five years, expanding the reach and building on the legacy of this pioneering organization in Brooklyn, NY founded by Susan Pearlstein in the 1970s. She has directed programs such as Legacy Art Works, which is replicated around this country and in other parts of the world.

“I am honored, humbled and thrilled to have been selected to lead the NCCA. Building on the NCCA's leading role in the creative aging field I will work passionately to ensure that the organization continues to play a unique and vital role in the promotion of creativity in the lives of all older adults,” Smith-Peers said. “Through shaping policy and research and delivering innovative programs I am excited to help reframe the way we view aging. The expertise and dedication of the Board and Staff is inspiring. I look forward to working with them and to partnering with regional, national and international organizations, colleagues and artists to continue the work of this truly extraordinary organization.”

Smith-Peers will replace Gay Hanna, the current NCCA executive director, upon her retirement at the end of June.

Read the full press release here.

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