Artists Selected for Arts & Aging Training

Congratulations, Artist Trainees! 15 individual artists from the Twin Cities and six artists from Greater Minnesota have been selected to participate in ArtSage's prestigious year-long training program designed to increase their skills in working with older adults.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional funds to support Twin Cities metro and western metro area artists comes from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America.

Artists selected for ArtSage BASIC training in 2014-2015:

  • Valorie Arrowsmith (Stanchfield),  Visual Arts
  • Jenny Barlow (Chaska), Literary Arts
  • Sandy Baron (Wayzata), Visual Arts
  • Cate Belleveau (Puposky), Theatre
  • Alison Bergblom Johnson (Minneapolis), Literary Arts
  • Melinda Bolton (Plymouth), Visual Arts
  • Wanda Borman Eagan Visual Arts
  • Naomi Cohn (Saint Paul), Literary Arts
  • Nancy Cook (Saint Paul), Literary Arts
  • Laurie Greeninger (North Branch), Visual Arts
  • Jamie Hetherington (Newport), Visual Arts
  • Robert Karimi (Saint Paul), Interdisciplinary
  • Paula Lammers (Apple Valley), Music
  • Deborah Magnuson (New Brighton), Music
  • Mike Marthaller (Minneapolis), Visual Arts
  • Kim Sueoka (Minneapolis), Music
  • Barbara Tarrant (Minneapolis), Literary Arts
  • Cynthia Unowsky (Saint Paul), Music


Artists selected for ArtSage ADVANCED training in 2014-2015:

  • LeeAnn Goerss (Buffalo), Visual Arts
  • Emily Jarrett Hughes (Minneapolis), Dance
  • Therese Kunz (Outing), Theatre


The BASIC training group will include 14 artists from the Twin Cities metro area and 4 artists from Greater Minnesota, who will participate in four days of experiential workshops (including a two-day intensive conference at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in November). Each of the artists will be paired with a mentor to observe, teach and provide feedback on best practices. The training will allow artists to increase their understanding of the qualities, characteristics and dimensions unique to the aging population, to develop tools and techniques to work with older adult populations, to engage in critical discourse about their artistic work in relation to aging, and learn from and connect to leading local, regional and national presenters and experts on arts and aging.

In addition, three artists who have already completed ArtSage basic training were selected for ADVANCED training (new in 2014), in which they will work one-on-one with a mentor during a 3-month period to expand their learning through focused instruction in a secondary art form (following the ArtSage multi-modal approach) or in a specific care area, such as memory loss.