TimeSlips certifies Tom Dunn as first N.H. facilitator

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Henniker TimeSlips certifies first N.H. facilitator

Tom Dunn, artistic director of the award-winning Alchemists’ Workshop in Henniker, has completed his training with TimeSlips – a worldwide organization working with elders. Dunn is the first TimeSlips certified facilitator in New Hampshire, bringing to 44 the number of states now participating in this innovative program.

TimeSlips offers an elegantly simple revolution in elder care by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems. In a time when we deny aging and isolate our elders, TimeSlips provides hope and improves well-being through creativity and meaningful connection. TimeSlips began in 1998 and became an independent non-profit in 2013. They are based in Milwaukee, Wis., and reach the world – with certified facilitators in 44 states and 14 countries. Their creative approaches are used in care communities, museums, libraries, senior centers and individual homes throughout the world. Visit timeslips.org for more information.

Dunn started his training at a TimeSlips workshop presented by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in health program and hosted by the Currier Museum of Art in May of last year. NHSCA’s funding comes from the New Hampshire State Legislature with matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dunn is a playwright with some 100 produced plays and musicals to his credit and he is also on the faculty of Manchester Community College. He is the author of three books on the theatre and fundraising and lives in Henniker where he raised four children with his wife, Heidi.

There are four other members of Alchemists’ Workshop getting ready to do their training and become certified in the coming year. They are actresses/singers Mary Armstrong, Jocelyn Duford and Mary Niederkorn and pianist/composer William Ogmundson. The goal of Alchemists’ Workshop is to expand their touring program that has brought original musicals to over 34 senior centers, nursing homes and memory loss facilities in New Hampshire to include one-on-one and group Timeslips sessions on an ongoing basis in a variety of facilities.

The Alchemists’ Workshop is currently touring two award winning original musicals written by Dunn and Ogmundson. These touring musicals are Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise and Kindness & Cruelty: Willa Cather of Jaffrey. Later this year they will be opening their new musical for puppets, The Clown of God, commissioned by The Henson Foundation. For more information about TimeSlips in New Hampshire or to book a performance contact, dunn.t@comcast.net or go to alchemistsworkshop.org.