For Immediate Release
February 15, 2017

Steve Wilcox
[email protected]

Create/Change: AZ Institute Brings Creative Aging Training to Arizona
Global gathering will convene in Tempe, May 22-24, 2017.

In May, global leaders in the field of creative aging will convene in Tempe, Arizona, for Create/Change: AZ, a 3-day institute focused on transforming care for elders through creative engagement. Long-term care professionals, teaching artists, and students pursuing degrees in social work, performing or visual arts, psychology, or nursing are encouraged to register.

Creative Aging

The Creative Aging movement seeks to advance understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. Decades of research have found that older adults are healthier and happier when participating in creative aging programs. Among the findings: fewer doctor visits and less medication use for study participants engaged in professionally-conducted arts activities; improved cognitive measures; and self-reported higher morale and less social isolation.

Create/Change: AZ

The Create/Change Institute was developed by Anne Basting, a theatre artist and educator who was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2016 for her work demonstrating the potential of storytelling and creative expression to improve the lives of elders experiencing cognitive impairment. The Institute has been presented biannually by Basting’s nonprofit organization TimeSlips in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 2012. Through a partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Create/Change: AZ brings this exciting opportunity to Arizona for the first time.

Create/Change: AZ will be held at Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus from May 22 through May 24, 2017.


  • Anne Basting (founder, TimeSlips; 2016 MacArthur Fellow)
  • Liz Lerman (founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; 2002 MacArthur Fellow)
  • Kirsten M. Jacobs (Associate Director, Dementia and Wellness Education, at LeadingAge)
  • Michael Rohd (founder, Sojourn Theatre)


An ‘early bird’ registration rate of $295 is available through March 27. Additional discounts are available to attendees registering in groups of two or more and to students. After Match 27, the regular individual registration of $370 will apply. For an additional $149, attendees can attend a post-conference TimeSlips certification workshop where they will have the opportunity to facilitate a session in a care community with the guidance of a Master Trainer. More information and registration links can be found at

Scholarship Opportunity

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is offering a limited number of partial scholarships to Arizona residents to attend Create/Change: AZ. The application can be found at The application deadline is Wednesday, February 22.

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About TimeSlips
TimeSlips is an arts-based nonprofit that offers an elegantly simple revolution in elder care by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems. In a time when we deny aging and isolate our elders, TimeSlips provides hope and improves well-being through creativity and meaningful connection. TimeSlips‘ classic creative storytelling method is evidence-based, award-winning, joyful and person-centered. Through online training and certification, anyone can learn to facilitate these playful, imagination-based sessions that produce stories, poems, dance, visual arts, dance and performances.

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 50-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts.

We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

To request this or any other agency publication in an alternative format, contact the Arts Commission offices at (602) 771-6502, or [email protected]

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