On May 22, 2017,¬†the Arizona Commission on the Arts an evening of story sharing from Lakota performer Charlene O’Rourke and an introduction to Anne Basting’s new storytelling project¬†at Grand Central Coffee Company in downtown Phoenix.


Monday, May 22, 2017
7:30 pm

Grand Central Coffee Company
718 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts at Grand Central Coffee Company in downtown Phoenix for an evening of story sharing from Lakota performer Charlene O’Rourke and an introduction to Anne Basting’s new storytelling project.¬†With host Liz Warren, South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute Director

This event is free and open to the public. Participation and community sharing encouraged.

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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).

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.

Host

Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is a storyteller, teacher and writer. She directs the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, which received the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for ‚ÄúBest Place to Learn to Tell Tales.‚ÄĚ Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. She serves as storytelling coach for the monthly Arizona Storytellers events produced by the Arizona Republic. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix.

This event is presented in association with AZ Creative Aging, an initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts generously funded by a grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.