Areas of interest: check Arts and Recreation check Awareness and Advocacy check Dementia and Communities check Education and Training check Knowledge Exchange check Research check Social Care
Visual artist Tessa Windt has worked with individuals aged 55 to 103, from active independent recent retirees to individuals facing physical and cognitive challenges, in settings as broad as senior centers, adult day programs, long-term care facilities, and arts venues; exploring the opportunities found within moments of creative engagement to build connection and address the isolation faced by many older adults. Windt has spent the last decade immersed in community engagement work with older adults, many with memory loss, and their caregivers. Caring for and with, she has learned, is central to being human, to being creative, to the practice of an artist. Giving and receiving in relation to others, materials, ideas, spaces and sites permeate Windt’s work in studio and in community.