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Who We Are


Maura O'Malley is an arts specialist with over twenty-five 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.


Ed Friedman has spent over 25 years in parallel careers serving the arts community, and older adults and their families. As Deputy Director at the Bronx Council on the Arts (1985-2010), Ed played a leadership role in the formulation of policy and programming, advocacy and community development, as well as overseeing technical assistance services. Ed has directed programs at senior centers and home care programs, and created and led a caregivers' support group in the northern Bronx. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College and M.A. in Liberal Studies from Empire State College (SUNY). Ed's plays appear in a number of anthologies and have been produced throughout the NY metropolitan area.


  • Patricia Braja, Director of Development, Westchester Library System
  • Ed Friedman, Executive Director, Lifetime Arts, Inc.
  • Maura O'Malley, President/CEO, Lifetime Arts, Inc.
  • Robin Redford, Senior Vice President, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co.

  • Ted Berger, Former Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Diantha Dow Schull, Founder, Former Director, Libraries for the Future
  • Hollis Headrick, President, Arts & Cultural Strategies, Inc.
  • Nancy Henkin, Executive Director, Intergenerational Center, Temple University
  • Terry Kirchner, Executive Director, Westchester Library System
  • Robert McNulty, Executive Director, Partners for Livable Communities
  • Jorge Merced, Artistic Director, Pregones Theater
  • Tony Sarmiento, Executive Director, Senior Service America

About Us

LIFETIME ARTS is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that exists at the intersection of aging and the arts.

We serve organizations and individuals in both fields by promoting the creation, expansion and sustainability of professionally conducted arts programs for older adults.

Through a variety of services and initiatives we strengthen the nascent field of creative aging by providing practical support to arts practitioners and institutions of all sorts that provide services to older adults.


The mission of Lifetime Arts is to encourage creative aging by promoting the inclusion of professional arts programs in organizations that serve older adults; to prepare artists to develop the creative capacity of older adult learners; and to foster lifelong learning in and through the arts by increasing opportunities for participation in intergenerational and community based programming.

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