Cheryl Vassiliadis has been in love with dancing since she was a little girl. Her parents, who also had a love for the arts (her mother, in particular, for piano and ballet) supported her dream from a young age.
ArtSage MN Professional Development Initiative - Artist Training
A selected group of 17 Minnesota teaching artists will participate in a two-day intensive training led by nationally recognized teaching artists and aging experts to increase their skills in working with older adults. Each artist 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.