Anne Basting, PhD
Anne Basting (Ph.D.) is an educator, scholar, and artist whose work focuses on the potential for the arts and humanities to improve our quality of life as communities and individuals. For over 15 years, Basting has developed and researched methods for embedding the arts into long term care, with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Basting is author of numerous articles and two books, Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009) and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants. She is author and/or producer of nearly a dozen plays and public performances, including Finding Penelope (2011), a play inspired by a year of intergenerational conversations about the myth of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, and professionally staged throughout Luther Manor, a long term care facility in Wisconsin. Basting holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin. She continues to direct the award-winning TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project, which she founded in 1998, and which features a new ( free!) interactive website (timeslips.org), with a prompt library of over 100 images and questions. The new site and online training help to bring creative engagement to elders and their families wherever they live. Basting gives keynote addresses on the power and potential of creative engagement across the world. As Director of the UWM Center on Age & Community (aging.uwm.edu), Basting fosters partnerships between scholars, students, and service providers, and translates applied research into innovative educational tools including manuals, films, and social media. Basting teaches playwriting, storytelling, and creative engagement in long term care; and is curricular coordinator of CAC’s summer institute CREATE/CHANGE: Transforming care for elders through creative engagement.