Anne Basting focuses her teaching and creative research on community-engaged performance. With a PhD in Theatre Studies from University of Minnesota, Basting is both a creative artist and scholar. She is the author of three books, including Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009, Johns Hopkins UP), and dozens of articles and essays in a wide range of journals. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. She speaks internationally on the integration of the arts into aging services and long-term care. Her creative work includes TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, The Penelope Project, the Islands of Milwaukee, The Crossings, and Slightly Bigger Women, which she co-wrote and directed in 2015. Basting founded and continues to facilitate the Creative Trust, an alliance to foster life-long learning through the arts. She is currently coordinating the Creative Trust’s Student Artist in Residence Program, which brings 8 Peck School of the Arts students into care communities and aging services programs across Milwaukee. The SAIR program is funded by a generous grant from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund. You can get a sense of Basting’s collaboration approach to the communities with whom she works in this University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee video.
To learn more about Anne Basting’s work (and to see a trailer of a documentary film about The Penelope Project), visit her website.