If you haven’t heard about last summer’s Design for Dementia class, where UMSL students were paired with residents from Brooking Park Retirement Community, here is an article written by Evie Hemphill, with a picture by August Jennewein. It was a pleasure working with both of them on this article: they are both truly masters of their craft, and it was such a treat to see what they made of what we do at UMSL Art and Design. Thank you to both of them for this article and image.
I am in the planning stages for a very interesting next iteration of this class scheduled for Summer Session 2, 2018. I am exploring a collaborative class with a colleague from Kent State to make this summer’s class a rare and rewarding experience this summer.
A note about the picture: August has generously agreed to let me use this picture for my site photo. The wall behind me is my office wall, where I have collected beloved pieces from many students, friends and colleagues from the UMSL community over the years. Last summer I moved offices, and found myself slavishly recreating it on a new wall. Life without all the little pieces left behind by so many alums and community members: it just wouldn’t be the same. I remember all of you, and am still treasuring the privilege of the time I spent with you, watching you grow, and learning from you as much as you ever learned from me.