In 2008, Maura O'Malley co-founded Lifetime Arts as a nonprofit arts service organization to improve the quality of life of active older adults through arts education. Working nationally, Lifetime Arts offers innovative programming and practical support to arts and community organizations, libraries, senior residential facilities and others who serve older adults. Lifetime Arts has gained national recognition as a major contributor to the development of Creative Aging policies, best practices, artists training resources, technical assistance, and advocacy and is the acknowledged leader in library based Creative Aging programs. The Creative Aging Libraries Initiative, a federally supported capacity building project is active in 12 states in partnership with 21 major public library systems. Lifetime Arts was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Lifelong Learning.
Maura has more than thirty years’ experience in arts management; including program design and implementation, arts education, development and community cultural work. She has informed policy and created innovative programming for adults and children with the New York City Department of Education, Westchester Arts Council, Stamford Public Schools, and the Center for Arts Education, Studio in a School Association, Young Audiences of New York, and many other premiere arts and educational organizations. Maura has served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, The Bronx Council on the Arts, and ArtsWestchester. She has served on the Pelham Art Center Board of Directors and the New York Public Library Community Advisory Committee and is the founding executive director of The Picture House, a nonprofit historic movie theater in Westchester County, NY. 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.