Living Canvases

Shivanti Kariyawasam


Shivanti Kariyawasam is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Aging. She is also  After graduation, Shivanti plans on working in a healthcare profession with the goal of making sure that all older adults are able to maintain independent, happy and healthy lives throughout late adulthood.

Alyssa Dunham


Alyssa Dunham recently graduated from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Aging (at the Davis School of Gerontology). She plans on pursuing a career that challenges the stigma of aging, and to better the lives of older adults who want to age in place. 

Program Team

‚ÄčCraig Cady


Craig Cady graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a focus on the British Romantics. He is a poet and a performance artist who cut his teeth in the Brooklyn art scene and has toured internationally, most notably with his collaborator, musician Lucas Carey, on their immersive, multimedia experience called "The Cassfield 'Get Yourself Together' Tour." He has experience in film production and takes full advantage of any opportunity for travel. He is currently attending USC for a Master's of Science in Gerontology. After school, he intends to develop his plan for an inclusive community for seniors that incorporates permaculture practices, the arts and community involvement 

Emily Nabors, MSG
Program Manager, Creativity and Aging Initiative
Staff Member, USC Davis School of Gerontology


Mrs. Nabors currently supports the Davis School as Program Manager of the Zekenim Project, Program Coordinator at the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, and Curator of the Sophie Davis Art Gallery.  She has a background in visual art and was Assistant Director of a Manhattan art gallery from 2000-2003 before earning her Master's of Science in Gerontology at the USC Davis School.

Tara Gruenewald, PhD, MPH
Scientific Director, Creativity and Aging Initiative
Faculty Member, USC Davis School of Gerontology


Dr. Gruenewald is a social and health psychologist and gerontologist.  She is the Lead Investigator and Director of the Art Through the Ages and Zekenim Programs.  Her work focuses on identifying forms of social, cognitive, creative and productive engagement that promote happy and healthy aging across the life course.