Dare to Imagine: Meaningful Aging through Creative Engagement
The Gerontology Institute had the pleasure of having Dr. Anne Basting as our distinguished speaker for the 2015 Barbara Payne Lectureship in Gerontology. Dr. Basting is a creative artist and scholar. She is able to combine her deep appreciation of the arts with her love of gerontology as a Professor of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works to reform how the public engages with older adults. During her visit to Georgia State University, Dr. Basting was immediately immersed in community work along with our gerontology Adopt a Grandparent Program students, and led a group collaborative creative story-telling session at the Helene Mills Multipurpose Center. Following with a luncheon at the Gerontology Institute, also sponsored by the Adopt a Grandparent program, Dr. Basting was able to further connect with gerontologystudents. Dr. Basting ended the evening with a lecture at the Rialto Center for the Arts and captivated her audience speaking of ways to ingeniously and artistically engage older adults and ignite public conversations about creating a more allied community.