Creating A New Old San Francisco

We live long, let’s start living well!

Creating A New Old San Francisco invites you to the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a one-day deep dive into contemporary aging.

An inspiring celebration of the potential of us, the aging population.

What is unique about aging today? Who are the innovators creating tomorrow’s solutions?

Living longer is changing the way we live, where we live, and how we care for our aging selves and our beloveds. Older populations include the wealthiest and most fragile in society. Change is crossing sectors from finance to transport, tech to fashion, housing to healthcare.

Creative approaches are rewriting the traditions of aging, providing vision, connecting institutions and communities, nurturing well-being.

Come and see where might we all be going on this one great big adventure?

This event is FREE, but space is limited. You must register to attend.


Speakers include:

Gretchen Addi - Consultant and Designer-in-Residence Aging 2.0

Gretchen Addi is currently a consultant and designer-in-residence at Aging2.0. She was previously an Associate Partner and business lead for IDEO in the Bay Area for 17 years. She held various leadership roles at IDEO and led their efforts to build a domain of work in the Aging space as well as providing mentorship and guidance to the Design Research discipline.

She is passionate about the power of empathy and design, and the people who make it happen as well as speaking and writing on the needs of the aging population. She brings a strong strategic point of view to all of her work, both from a brand and service perspective.

Gretchen is also a board member for SF Village and At Home With Growing Older.


Gavin Barlow - The Albany, Future Arts Centres


Anne Basting - Professor of Theatre, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Founder, CEO of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

Anne Basting (Ph.D.) is Professor of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her work focuses on the potential for the arts and humanities to improve our quality of life as communities and individuals. For over 20 years, Basting has developed and researched methods for embedding the arts into long-term care, with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Basting is the author of numerous articles and three books, Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009) and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture. Named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Basting is also the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants, including the MAP Fund and NEA Artworks. She is author and/or producer of nearly a dozen plays and public performances, including Slightly Bigger Women (2015) and Finding Penelope(2011), a play inspired by a year of intergenerational conversations about the myth of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, and professionally staged at a long-term care facility. Her latest book – The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder-care (University of Iowa Press, 2016) co-edited with Maureen Towey and Ellie Rose – tells the story of that remarkable collaboration.


Teresa Bonner – Aroha Philanthropies


Jerry W. Brown, CASPF - Chief Executive Officer, Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc.

Jerry W. Brown, CASPF, is Chief Executive Officer of Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc. in San Francisco, California. Mr. Brown has held this position for over thirty years. Bethany Center serves low-income seniors and younger disabled adults through HUD subsidized housing with supportive services allowing them to age in place and avoid premature institutionalization. Bethany Center has won state and national recognition for its service model. Mr. Brown is an active member of Leading Age California and has received their highest accolade, “The Award of Honor 2016” for his work. He speaks regularly at state, national, and international conferences on housing with supportive services. Under his leadership, he founded the Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco that supports “Ruth’s Table” a creative learning outreach program.


Dominic Campbell – Creative Aging International

Dominic Campbell is a co-founder of Creative Aging International currently producing "Creating A New Old San Francisco” in the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Headspace2018 in Trinity College Dublin, which respond to aging at scale by connecting the research and innovation of artists, scientists and strategists.

Previously he directed the Bealtaine Festival, the world’s first nationwide arts festival celebrating creativity and aging, was Artistic Director of Ireland’s St Patrick’s Festival raising its global profile. Currently an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, he promotes celebration as integral to transformational social strategies.


Tim Carpenter - CEO/Founder, EngAGE

Tim Carpenter is CEO/Founder of EngAGE and Host/Producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show. EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors and hundreds of families living in California, Oregon and Minnesota. Tim is an Ashoka Fellow, a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recipient, a Stanton Fellow, and was named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging.


Jenn Chan, CSA - Founder/CEO, Senior Shower Project

Jenn Chan is the Founder of Senior Shower Project, a startup with a mission to celebrate family caregivers of older adults with a party. Jenn designs caregiver appreciation cards and curates caregiver gift boxes. With a passion for caregiver well-being, Jenn volunteers as a co-facilitator of a LGBTQ dementia caregiver support group, a program co-sponsored by OpenHouse and Alzheimer's Association.


William Cleveland - Director, Center for the Study of Art and Community

Bill is a pioneer in the cultural community development movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art in Other Places and Making Exact Change and Art and Upheaval, are considered seminal works in the field. Organizer, teacher, researcher, and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community. The Center works to integrate the arts and community life, focusing on, the development of cultural partnerships, and training for artists, and their community, and business partners. Bill has also led the Walker Art Center's Education. Department. California's Arts-In-Corrections Program, and the California State Summer School for the Arts. His most recent book Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change written with Patricia Shifferd was published in 2012. His CD, SongLines, based, in part, on stories from Art and Upheaval, was released in 2014.


Cathy Davis – Bayview Senior Services


Penelope Douglas - Co-founder and Director/CultureBank

Penelope Douglas has spent the past two decades as a social entrepreneur, pioneer in community development investment, co-founder and CEO of Pacific Community Ventures, and Senior Executive and Chair of the Board of Mission HUB LLC and SOCAP. Most recently, she has been developing CultureBank, an initiative to foster a new investment paradigm for community investment, and serves as its Director. CultureBank has been incubated at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and is a model for collaboration among organizations including YBCA and RSF Social Finance.

Penelope has been committed to building bridges across banking, community development finance, social enterprise, impact investing, and the arts. She has served as Strategic Advisor to RSF Social Finance and is a Visiting Scholar at Federal Reserve Bank Community Development Division. Penelope is an appointed Director of the Board of Opportunity Finance Network. She is a Director of New Resource Bank; she also is on the Board of Startgrid, a technology platform for innovation networks.


Carroll Estes & Nicolas di Carlo


Kate Hoepke - Executive Director of San Francisco Village (SFV)

Kate Hoepke is the Executive Director of San Francisco Village (SFV), a non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to help San Franciscans navigate the transitions of aging. We partner with our members to connect them with the community, programming and expertise they need to live lives of purpose and meaning. SFV is one of 300 villages nationwide and 60 across California. Kate is chairing the launch of Village Movement CA, a statewide coalition that goes live in spring 2018. She has a BA and MBA from San Francisco State University.


Susan Hoffmann – Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley

Hoffman’s expertise is in creating interdisciplinary and innovative ventures that are based on constituent engagement as well as scientific and market research. She founded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at SF State and UC Berkeley and was a part of the founding staff that launched CSU-Monterey Bay. Trained to be a director at the American Film Institute (AFI), her short films have been exhibited in such places as the Walker Art Center and the Mill Valley Film Festival.


Rachel Allen Lovett - Thriving in Place & Re:Imagine | End of Life

Rachel Lovett is the interim Executive Director of Thriving in Place, supporting in-home supportive services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, and the Community Outreach and Event Design Project Manager representing San Francisco via the Palliative Care Work Group and the Department of Aging and Adult Services for Re:Imagine | End of Life 2018, a week-long, City-wide event exploring death and celebrating life. Rachel has over 25 years of for- and non-profit experience in marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning.


Jessica McCracken - Vice President, Programming and Development, Ruth's Table, Bethany Center Foundation

Jessica McCracken is a highly skilled educator and program administrator who demonstrates a passion for the arts and a strong commitment to engaging others in its process. She is Vice President of Programming and Development for Ruth's Table, a creative learning center in San Francisco's Mission District. Jessica previously worked with Institute on Aging holding positions with both the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts and the Social Adult Day Program where she was Director. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from SFSU where she emphasized in Nonprofit Arts Management. Jessica is the founding member and Artistic Director of Trash Mash-Up, a community-based eco-arts program. Jessica also co-founded Creative Aging San Francisco, a collective of individuals passionate about the creative arts and its power to foster healthy aging and a vibrant San Francisco Bay Area.


Kate de Medeiros PhD - Associate Professor of Gerontology

Kate's work broadly focuses on how experiences in later life are made known through stories, big and small. Her research studies have examined the meaning of place and living alone; friendships among people living with dementia; suffering, flourishing and precarity; and language "play" in the participatory arts.


Angie McAllister - Signature Healthcare


Bruce Miller - Director, Memory and Aging Center UC San Francisco

Dr. Miller holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UC San Francisco where he directs the Memory and Aging Center. He is a behavioral neurologist whose work in neurodegenerative conditions emphasizes brain-behavior relationships and the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and program project on frontotemporal dementia. Additionally, he helps lead the Tau Consortium, Consortium for Frontotemporal Research and Global Brain Health Institute. He was awarded the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology and elected to the National Academy of Medicine


Arti Prashar - Artistic Director/CEO, Spare Tyre

Arti has been Spare Tyre's Artistic Director/CEO since 2006. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow 2013 researching spirituality, dementia and aging, a Fellow of the RSA, and a Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University.
Under Arti’s leadership and vision, Spare Tyre has developed its inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices: women who have experienced violence, adults with learning disabilities and older people living with dementia. She has a strong commitment to collaborative participatory art, nurturing the creative impulse that leads to personal and political fulfillment.


Maura O’Malley - CEO/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts
Ed Friedman - Executive Director/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts

Lifetime Arts was established in 2008 by Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley, two veteran arts administrators with extensive experience in both the arts and aging fields. Convinced that there was a need for a professional organization to support meaningful arts programming for older adults, they launched Lifetime Arts. In the ensuing years, Lifetime Arts has emerged as the acknowledged leader in library-based creative aging programs and has gained national recognition as a major contributor to the development of creative aging policies, best practices, artists training resources, technical assistance, and advocacy.


Doniece Sandoval, Founder/CEO, Lava Mae

Driven by a fierce belief that everyone has the right to be clean, Doniece created Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of showers and toilets available to people experiencing homelessness. Her work has created a ripple effect, touching the lives of 10,000 Californians and inspiring dozens of programs around the globe.

Doniece credits her work in the arts and private sector for shaping her innovative thinking. Her career began as a Legislative Research Analyst in Texas after she received her BA from UT Austin. A 2017 CNN Hero and 2016 KIND People Award recipient, she is most proud of the moniker given to her by her 10-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Superhero.


Adam Waskow


Supported by the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), the Alzheimers Association, Creative Aging San Francisco, Ruth's Table, The Arts Council of Ireland.

Creative Aging International will produce two events in spring 2018 stimulating thought leadership and creative aging: in San Francisco, USA on February 9, and across the campus of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in March 2 and 3. More online at

Dominic Campbell, co-founder of Creative Aging International, is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) supported by GBHI and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Friday, February 9 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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