Press Release: Anne Basting to Lead Plenary on Creative Expression Across Generations

2016 MacArthur Fellow to Present at 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference in Milwaukee

Anne Basting(Washington, DC) – Generations United, in partnership with St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, announced today that Anne Basting, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, author, and TimeSlips founder will present at the Friday plenary on June 16, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee.

Basting is a theater artist and educator who developed an alternative concept of aging, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges and views sustained emotional connections as critical to our well-being. Her projects have used art and creative expression as a platform to encourage community engagement and promote intergenerational interactions and raised awareness around elder safety. Basting’s artistic advocacy and the success of her models are ensuring that all citizens age with vital human connection spanning all generations.

Anne Basting received a B.A. from Colorado College (1987), an M.A. (1990) from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a professor of theater in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her breakthrough project, TimeSlips, uses the art of improvisation to engage older adults with cognitive impairment in imaging stories, poems, and other forms of creative expression in response to inspiring cues. At the core is the belief that the creation of new stories can enhance the lives of elders dealing with lost memories. Now Timeslips Creative Storytelling is a widely recognized therapy protocol and independent non-profit since 2013. Based in Milwaukee, its reach is global, with creative facilitators in 42 states and 13 countries. Using in-person and online training, the creative approach has engaged people from every generation. Professional, student and youth facilitators partner with care communities, museums, libraries, senior centers, and individual homes throughout the world to offer the joyful, person-centered TimeSlips experience. In 2016, the TimeSlips program was recognized by Generations United as an intergenerational Program of Distinction.

Basting’s interactive session will explore several TimeSlips models for how to use imagination to build community and strengthen the bonds between generations. Basting will bring with her a team of creative practitioners including:

Sammy Goodrich HeadshotAngela Fingard, MS, a TimeSlips Master Trainer & the Project Manager for WI-CMP grant. With many years experience as a theatre director & creative engagement facilitator in the health care setting, she is an enthusiastic, compassionate leader of cultural change using the arts to demonstrate that people of all ages and abilities are capable of creating.

Angela Fingard Director HeadshotSammy Goodrich, an artist and social entrepreneur passionate about better incorporating the arts into senior care. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 with a BFA in musical theatre. Sammy is a TimeSlips Master Trainer and the founder of Stage Right, a TimeSlips-inspired theatre company that creates original musical theatre pieces with older adults of all abilities. The company acts as a way to build community among residents in care communities and aims to destigmatize older adults with disabilities, highlighting the creative part of the brain.

Generations United and St. Ann Center are excited to add Anne Basting’s session to the four-day event, June 13-16, set to spark new ideas, put a spotlight on best practices, and energize attendees to build stronger communities by tapping into the strengths of all ages. With over 200 attendees from more that 10 different countries, the multidisciplinary gathering makes for a one-of-a-kind opportunity for learning, networking, and relationship-building across professions and sectors. Attendees are united by a common aim to invest in intergenerational solutions that improve lives, organizations, communities, and beyond.

To register or learn more about Generations United’s 19th Global Intergenerational Conference, cohosted by St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, click here, follow us on Twitter @GensUnited, or like us on Facebook at



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