Artist, Educator, Creative Aging Advocate, United States
Paul Ferrara is an award-winning teaching artist, speaker, and creative aging advocate serving public libraries, senior centers, and community centers throughout the New York Metropolitan area. As a consultant and teaching artist, Paul has served a diverse range of individuals and groups including children, students, at-risk youth and older adults, within a community and senior centers, educational institutions, non-profits and social services programs.
Through partnership with organizations such as the Lifetime Arts, New York City Department for the Aging, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Public Schools system, and Arts and Minds, he has delivered enriching learning experiences that cultivate social consciousness and facilitate creative problem solving and skill development through exposure to the arts. In 2012, 2014 he was awarded an artist residency titled SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. And in 2016 received a SU CASA residency funded by New York City Council.
For his master’s thesis he investigated best teaching practices for older adults while at the same time considering a post-modern approach to art education for older adults. Paul is interested in assessing the kinds of creative activities with which older adults may be engaged, in the context of art education.