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Valentine’s Day Celebrated at Westward Ho, HUD assisted

Residential Property, February 9, 2012

Westward Ho Residency in urban setting, Phoenix, Arizona. This is a HUD assisted property for 300 retirees and physically/mentally disabled persons of lower economic means. This was once the hotel where big bands played and dignitaries stayed. It was converted in 1982. This integrated programming of arts and wellness was organized to meet a community need identified by the residents and the staff at the Westward Ho.

Flowers and recycled glass jars were provided along with lots of decorative materials by the Cultural Arts Coalition.

Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger School of Dance and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation have formed a partnership with the non-profit organization, Cultural Arts Coalition to design and implement a new model for collaboration that improves, enhances, strengthens, and sustains the highest quality of life for all people, particularly those aging citizens of Maricopa County. We have envisioned an integrated, holistic approach to promote mind-body fitness that empowers and engages older adults through self-awareness and group interaction. The model, Moving Communities through Creative Wellness explores how arts and wellness strategies positively impact the growth of self-sustaining, healthy communities.

ASU senior year nursing students under the supervision of Kay Jarrell, Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing, help to facilitate this art making activity sponsored by the Cultural Arts Coalition, Judy Butzine and Pegge Vissicaro, Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger School of Dance.

Humans create, exchange and pass along knowing through material forms and expressive means. This is art-making and art-making is for everyone. The artifacts of human history reveal these things to us from the beginning of time, documenting our movement across the earth. At the Westward Ho we have created an interdisciplinary environment of "Moving Community through Creativity and Wellness" programming as a means to build community.

Core Values ~ Moving Communities: Creative Wellness and Social Integration at the Westward Ho, 2010-2012

Mission and Vision Statement: This integrated wellness program was organized to meet a community need identified by the residents and the staff at the Westward Ho.

Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger School of Dance and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation have formed a partnership with the non-profit organization, Cultural Arts Coalition to design and implement a new model for collaboration that improves, enhances, strengthens, and sustains the highest quality of life for all people, particularly those aging citizens of Maricopa County. We have envisioned an integrated, holistic approach to promote mind-body fitness that empowers and engages older adults through self-awareness and group interaction. The model, Moving Communities through Creative Wellness and Social Integration explores how arts and wellness strategies positively impact the growth of self-sustaining, healthy communities.

Pegge Vissicaro led a 60’s movement and dance component at the end of the morning to music like "Twist and Shout" - Chubby Checker. Everyone loved this added means to be socially integrated with one another in a loving, safe space.

We are also very respectful and appreciative of the expertise and direction at the Westward Ho by Linda Spencer, Manager, living on site and Fran Watson.

Please go to these additional web sites for documentation of this ongoing collaborative Creative Wellness and Social Integration work at the Westward Ho:

Westward Ho Earth Day Celebration - April 24, 2011

Move & Dance 4 Joy! at Westward Ho - February 25, 2011

Holiday Celebration at the Westward Ho - Dec 11th, 2010

Harvest Celebration at Westward Ho - Oct 30,2010

Westward Ho Festival - Sept. 21, 2010

Bead Workshop at Westward Ho - Sept 7th, 2010

Photo Narrative by judy butzine February 19, 2012