Next Avenue Community Conversations

Featuring 2016 MacArthur Fellow Grantee Anne Basting - Theater Artist and Educator on January 31, 2018

Anne Basting, UWM Theatre Professor, and Founder and CEO of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, has dedicated her life to improving the lives of older adults through the arts, with a special focus on bringing meaningful engagement to people with memory loss. Basting teaches care partners to connect with loved ones by shifting from the expectation of memory to the freedom of the imagination. Because the baby boomer generation is increasing the population of individuals in the 50 plus group this is a perfect time to make people aware of this initiative and how individuals can use creativity to assist elders in their own lives.

On January 31 at 6 pm Milwaukee PBS’ Next Avenue Community Conversations will present a conversation with Anne Basting at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. This event is open to the public and free to attend.

Anne will invite attendees to consider the core tenants of her work with people with dementia and explain how these principles might help us all create deeper connections in our relationships and develop a sense of meaning, purpose, awe and wonder in our own lives. 

She will share her ground-breaking work on integrating arts into aging services and long-term care, including the Penelope Project - a two-year effort to retell the story of the Odyssey with a long-term care community, and the Student Artist in Residence program – in which she trains students to live in long-term care settings – receiving room and board in exchange for arts programming.  

This discussion promises to provide practical tools that people can use to connect to the older people in their lives and the attendees just might discover something they can use to help themselves.

To attend this discussion please RSVP here to reserve your seat.

Next Avenue Community Conversation is brought to you by the generous support of The Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy.