The following teaching artists participated in the AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute, the first programmatic module of the three year AZ Creative Aging initiative funded by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. For more information on AZ Creative Aging and the Teaching Artist Institute, click here.


Trisha Burrough

Artistic Discipline: Ceramics, drawing, painting, visual arts

"My work is as much about the process as it is the destination. It speaks to the connective nature in all things."

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Shari Keith

Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts

"I am especially intrigued by textures that have been created by the passage of time: patina, rust, and even missing parts. With age comes character."

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Ann Morton

Artistic Discipline: Fibers, Social Practice

"The work I do reflects attention to my own handwork, but my studio practice is also infused with a social practice that orchestrates handwork of disadvantaged individuals, or of participating community members through public interventions that seek to socially engage the hands of many to create a larger whole."

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Kelly Nelson

Artistic Discipline: Poetry

“As a Teaching Artist, I invite people to engage with words in new and unexpected ways on the path toward creating poems that resonate with their own voice and experience.”

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Jia Oak Baker

Artistic Discipline: Creative Writing

"As a poet, I am fascinated by how specific and particular details of our individual lives and experiences broaden into the universal."

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Christy Puetz

Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts

"I believe that everyone should have access to the arts, whether through instruction, visiting an art space, or just enjoying what is around us. If people are unable to go to the art, I want to bring it to them."

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Angelina Ramirez

Artistic Discipline: Dance - Flamenco

"One of the beautiful things about flamenco is that it is open to everyone regardless of age, nationality, gender, body size, or bone structure. If you have the drive and the passion, you can learn it."

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Toni Robinson

Artistic Discipline: Theatre

"Performances or workshops where older adults are able to create and perform their own stories are beneficial because it allows them to tap into their vast life experiences to create meaning and art."

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Susan Southard

Artistic Discipline: Theatre, Creative Writing

"We strive to give audiences artistic experiences that reflect their own lives, give new life to their stories, and inspire them to new possibilities."

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Allyson Yoder

Artistic Discipline: Dance

"As a dancer, I know from daily experience that human beings have the capacity to heal, grow, connect, and change by engaging our bodies in mindful, creative movement."

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Tessa Windt

AZ Creative Aging Master Teaching Artist

I believe working with older adults is an opportunity to build confidence and connections between people, through the act of making. When we work creatively together we can bridge the isolation so many older adults face, creating a potent context in which each participant is a vital contributor with a great deal to give and receive. 

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