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Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

Meet a staff member: Arts director enriches residents’ lives

blog-Cirone.jpgHave you met Diana Cirone, the dynamo behind the team that develops the arts, cultural and recreational programs you enjoy at Ingleside at King Farm?

Diana and her team create an amazing roster of more than 450 programs a month. But she modestly says it wouldn’t be possible to do that without support from the residents of the retirement community.

“It’s not just staff putting programs on a calendar,” she says. “We’re really creating programs in partnership with the residents. That partnership is the spirit of Ingleside at King Farm.”

Diana brings a rich background in theater, dance and arts administration to her job as IKF’s Director of Life Enrichment. She earned an undergraduate degree in theater from Valparaiso University and a master’s in arts administration from Drexel University. She started her career as a dance and theater instructor for children, then moved to the D.C. area nine years ago to take a position as the Program Director for an arts nonprofit which works with seniors.

“I had never thought about working with seniors, though I had a great relationship with my grandmother and other elders in my family,” Diana says. “But that organization taught me there was a great need to reach out to seniors through the arts.”

Just before Ingleside at King Farm opened, Diana applied for and won a position as the Director of Cultural Arts. Her mission was to bring arts and culture to the retirement community, though the job quickly evolved to encompass recreational, cultural and volunteer programs.

“We look at partnerships in the community,” Diana says, citing IKF’s strong relationship with Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and Johns Hopkins University. Through those partnerships, Ingleside at King Farm acts as a host site for courses in art history, music, literature and other subjects that are open to community residents and outside participants. Diana and her team forged a similar relationship with Montgomery College.

“We rely on those partnerships to strengthen our programs, and it’s a great way for the community to get to know us,” Diana says.

Among the retirement community’s greatest resources are the residents themselves, Diana says.

“Our residents are very well connected in the community,” she says. “We have people come in and speak on a variety of topics.”

Diana and her team also rely on residents for feedback on what programs they’d like to have and what topics they want to know more about.

“We have a terrific staff,” she says. “I am blessed to be part of a fabulous team, but we’re really creating programs in partnership with the residents.”

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