On the Town:

EngAGEed in the art of living

April 03, 2010|By David Laurell

The Burbank Senior Artists Colony staged the annual EngAGE in Creativity — Celebrating the Arts for All Ages event last week at its East Verdugo Avenue complex.

EngAGE, a nonprofit organization that transforms senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity, believes the luxury of having time should be used to discover the art of living. Contracted by the owners of senior apartment communities throughout Southern California, EngAGE provides a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging, offering life-enhancing creative outlets along with wellness, educational, intergenerational and community-building programs.

Colony residents and guests enjoyed the afternoon of entertainment and wine tasting while having the opportunity to peruse and buy original art and custom jewelry.


Among the highlights of the day were an intergenerational drum circle performance, a courtyard concert by legendary drummer Clarence Johnson and his band featuring vocalist Margaret Love, and a clubhouse performance by Rock the Ages, the Colony’s in-house chorus that performs under the direction of Betty Vincent.

The assemblage was welcomed by EngAGE in Creativity founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter. With more than two decades of experience in senior housing, services and health care, Carpenter has served as the chief development officer for Med/Max Health Management where he developed hospital-affiliated senior health centers in five states. He also served as the director of program and business development for Psychiatric Management Resources and as a marketing director for Horizon Health Management.

Among the special guests in attendance were EngAGE’s Chief Operating Officer Maureen Kellen-Taylor, and board members Ellie Goldstein and Larry Dinovitz. Also on hand were John Huskey, who serves as the president of Meta Housing who manages the Senior Artists Colony, and guests of honor, and Bank of America Senior Vice Presidents Gail Lannoy and Charmaine Atherton, who serves as an EngAGE board member and has focused much of her professional career on affordable housing and economic development.

Others who enjoyed the event included Councilmen Jess Talamantes and Dave Golonski, who was accompanied by his son, John Golonski, and his grandson, Grant Lowery, Ruth Davidson-Guerra of the Burbank Community Development Department, Burbank Business District Manager Gail Stewart, and Burbank Senior Artists Colony Office Manager Joseph Caro.

Others in attendance were Zoe Carpenter, Naimah Smith, Yasmeen Richards, Sidni Myles and Lynda Willner.

Last week’s EngAGE in Creativity event culminated with a spoken-word performance, “The Stories That Makes Us Tick,” directed by Seth Isler and Susan Sullivan.

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