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May 1, 2015

Creative Aging


Ian Bannon, Teaching Artist, from Figures of Speech and Celebration Barn, trying out the TimeSlips techniques

One week ago the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) provided a fabulous professional development opportunity through TimeSlips. You might be wondering, what the heck is TimeSlips?!

Taken from their website: TimeSlips is an open, poetic language of improvisational storytelling which invites people with memory loss to express themselves and connect with others.  TimeSlips brings meaning to long term care.

Before the workshop the 20 participants, which was a combination of  artists, professionals from the health care field, MAC staff, and caregivers prepared themselves by accessing online training modules. I was fortunate to participate and found myself very ready and excited to attend the all day workshop after doing my online homework. And, I am very impressed with the program. Joan Williamson from TimeSlips traveled from Milwaukee, WI the home of TimeSlips, to provide the training at UNE in Portland.

After we participated in some exercises we traveled to The Park Danforth, a nearby elder living facility, to try out the TimeSlips process. It was wonderful to see TimeSlips in action and Ian Bannon from Figures of Speech Theatre and Celebration Barn volunteered to try it out. He was awesome! Often the participants break into song when something in the story leads to that and we saw two examples of that during the process.

This opportunity is part of the MAC Creative Aging program which is administered by Kathleen Mundell. You can learn more at Included in the program is a Teaching Artist Roster for those interested in working with older adults. Don’t hesitate to contact Kathleen at about the Creative Aging program or TimeSlips, if you have questions.

Ian in action

More Info on TimeSlips

TimeSlips is a non-profit that aims to:

  • Improve the lives of people with memory loss through creative engagement
  • Reach a day when creative engagement is standard practice for all levels of care

TimeSlips offers:

  • Certification to Individuals and Organizations in creative engagement with people with memory loss
  • Consulting on creating sustainable partnerships and structures to support creative engagement
  • Resources for those dedicated to transforming dementia care through creative engagement

If you’d like to learn more about TimeSlips please click HERE.


Creative Aging

January 7, 2015

Maine Arts Commission program

Late in 2014 the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) established a Creative Aging Teaching Artist roster located at The artists on the roster have demonstrated mastery of an artistic discipline, knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction, good communication skills, planning and organizational ability, and an understanding of their target learners. Each artist was selected after careful consideration of their application.

You might be wondering what “creative aging” is all about. It might be a term that you’ve never heard before. The information below was provided by Kathleen Mundell, Special Programs Director for MAC. One of Kathleen’s responsibilities is for the Creative Aging program. If you have specific questions please feel free to contact Kathleen at

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Many people working in Creative Aging cite Dr. Gene Cohen as one of  pioneers  in this emerging field.
He spent the majority of his career at the National Institutes of Health acting as Director of the Institute of Mental Health and the Institute on Aging. There he pioneered several research studies on
the positive benefits of creativity on the aging process. In a 2006 study, co-funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Institute of Mental Health, Cohen measured the impact of cultural programs on the physical and mental health and social functioning of older adults.  The results showed positive findings, helping  make the case for the importance of creative engagement in healthy aging.

Other evidence based studies are summarized in the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being” (2011).

A renowned  geriatric psychiatrist, Cohen was  author of many foundational books on Creative Aging including “The Creative Age: Exploring Potential in the Second Half of Life” and founded, in partnership with Susan Perlstein, the National Center for Creative Aging, a national organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging This organization has been invaluable in helping jump start the Maine Arts Commission’s new Creative Aging Program.

Wondering about the impact of music on the Alzheimer’s patients? Please go to this link,, read the information that provides an understanding and watch the video.

I will provide more information in future blog posts. Please do share any information that you might have on related topics.


MAC Teaching Artist Roster

December 16, 2014

Unveiled today on the MAC site

Martin Swinger

Martin Swinger

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to announce that the new PK-12 Teaching Artist roster has been created and has gone live today!! The roster has 27 teaching artist profiles and is located at this link It has been a number of years since the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) has had a Teaching Artist Roster. The last one was a (paper) booklet that was very useful to school districts who were seeking additional arts education instruction, specifically from artists. We hope that the new roster becomes a valuable resource.

In addition, MAC has a roster for artists interested in working with older adults. The Creative Aging program at MAC is directed by Kathleen Mundell. The roster is located at this link If you have questions about this program please contact Kathleen at

Some of you might be wondering what a Teaching Artist is or what do they do?! MACs definition for a Teaching Artist is below.

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

Malley Weber

Malley Weber

The artists included in the roster were selected after reviewing their applications which reflected their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting. We expect that the roster will be used by PK-12 schools as well as community organizations that provide learning opportunities for young people.

A more comprehensive program for Teaching Artists is being created and efforts to address the needs are underway and will grow over time. The next call for Teaching Artist applications will be announced in the Spring 2015.

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