Jennie Smith-Peers

Jennie Smith-Peers

Red Box

Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts
Brooklyn,
NY

jsmith@estanyc.org

Speaker & Consultant

Jennie Smith-Peers is Executive Director of Elders Share the Arts (ESTA), a pioneering community arts organization based in New York City that provides older adults with the creative tools to transform their memories into art. Before ESTA, she led parallel careers as a professional actress and administrator in aging services.  She is an alum of We Are All Brooklyn  Fellowship (2011), and of New York City’s Arts and Business Council’s Leadership Institute (2012). She holds a BFA from Emerson College, and is currently finishing her graduate degree in Drama Therapy from NYU. She has trained numerous organizations, locally and nationally, on the benefits of creative aging and how to build sustainable arts programming for well and frail elders. In her spare time, she is a committee member on the UN NGO Committee for Older Adults, a member of Release Aging Prisoners Project, and a founding member of Emerging Professionals in Aging NYC. She also loves to spend time kayaking on NYC waterways, gazing at the stars, and twittering! Follow her @dignityinaging

Expertise: 
Lifelong Learning
Research & Policy