Join us for Create/Change: Cultural Perspectives on Creative Aging, the opening plenary of the Create/Change: AZ Institute, for a conversation about arts and aging across communities and cultures.

May 22, 2017
8:15 am – 10:30 am

Lyceum Theater, Arizona State University
901 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

Cost: Free; RSVP is required.

Join us for a conversation about arts and aging around the complexities of creative practices across communities and organizations, featuring a diverse group of speakers including community organizers and local and visiting artists.

Light breakfast and registration from 8:15am – 9:00pm; program from 9:00am – 10:30am.

This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.


Anne Basting, is the Founder and CEO of TimeSlips, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, and author. 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 as we age. Her breakthrough project, TimeSlips, uses the art of improvisation to engage older adults with cognitive impairment in imagining stories, poems, and other forms of creative expression in response to inspiring cues. Basting’s perspective on aging and the power of stories is changing the perceptions of caregivers, family members, and policy makers around the artistic and creative capabilities of older adults, regardless of age or cognitive status. 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 at Milwaukee (UWM).

Fatimah Halim is the designer and facilitator of Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth. This commitment to youth has driven her passion for 20 years. Her dedication to promoting the development of women and girls is also evident in her Journey Home Program: An Arts Experience for Incarcerated Women.  Her background in Economic Development includes working with the City of Phoenix Economic Development Department where she was responsible for the overall marketing and promotion of citywide economic development programs and activities; managed, created, and implemented technical assistance, business retention and expansion, access to capital and outreach programs/activities; managed the CEDD component of the City of Phoenix Minority, Woman and Small Business Enterprise program; was responsible for the development and implementation of the Phoenix City Council Roundtables; responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with public and private sector organizations/agencies/firms; designed and implemented innovative small business programs, education workshops and legal clinics.

She is currently the co-producer and host of “Focus” a Cox Cable Television Talk show.

Joe Larios graduated from Arizona State University, where he fought alongside construction workers at the Arizona AFL-CIO and co-founded the AZ Worker Rights Center to give workers the tools to stand up to harassment and  wage theft. He went on to help form Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE) that developed community programs and municipal policy. He has brought the community together to have a voice at the ballot box, which set a higher bar for community engagement in city governance and ensured a voice for  underrepresented communities. Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership.

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Her most recent work, Healing Wars, toured across the US in 2014-15. Liz conducts residencies on Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance performance at such institutions as Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Theatre Studio among others. Her third book, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press. As of 2016 she is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University. (Photo by Lise Metzger)

Charlene O’Rourke, Taoyewakanwi-Her Ways Are Sacred, is an Oglala Lakota woman who follows the spiritual and cultural beliefs of her ancestors. Currently working as Native Consultant for Native Connections Inc. She has served as a ceremonial musician and singer for different types of events and ceremonies over a span of 40 years. Charlene is also a professional composer and performer. She is working with NASA on a project studying the Indigenous Lakota Star Constellation. A motivational speaker and an International Certified Addictions Counselor and Community Specialist and Consultant, she serves both rural and urban Native communities including in federal and state prisons.

Michael Rohd is a theater artist whose output includes site specific productions, community-based workshops, national capacity building efforts at the intersection of the arts, community development and creative placemaking fields, and facilitation & process design.  He’s the founding artistic director of 17 year-old ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, where current collaborators include Metro Arts in Nashville, Artplace, LISC,Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Commission, Cook Inlet Housing Authority in Alaska, Skirball Museum in Los Angeles and The Goodman Theater in Chicago.  He recently accepted a Professorship at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design & Art, where, at the invitation of Herberger Dean Steven Tepper, Rohd, Liz Lerman and Daniel Bernard Roumain are launching a think tank/action space called the The Ensemble Lab. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. He is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue.