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Webinar: Engaging Art & Photography in Environments for Aging

When: July 26, 2018
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar*


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.

Art and photography can contribute to a positive, engaging experience for residents and their families. This webinar will describe the importance of local, meaningful and indigenous artwork that contributes to the quality of life for residents and their care-giving staff. Using a case study from rural Nebraska, this dialogue will capture the perspectives of the photographer, the architect and the provider as they share the impact that local art is having on residents and their engagement. Learn how this approach can translate to meaningful art programs for other unique populations and communities and the importance of art and photography as part of the design process.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how biophilic research translates into best practices for artwork and art placement in senior environments.

  • Explore how comfort and security begin with familiarity to one’s surroundings.

  • Learn about the physics of aging and how changes in eyesight affect art and design choices.

  • Realize the quality outcomes that can be achieved through meaningful and relatable art and photography.


Presenting Faculty

Kurt Johnson, Owner, Kurt Johnson Photography
Kurt Johnson has over 35 years of professional photography experience. Beginning his photography career as a photojournalist, Kurt later moved into architectural photography, working for some of the nation’s largest architectural and engineering firms. His extensive travels throughout the United States and abroad provided the opportunity to photograph beautiful natural healing landscapes and botanical images. Combined with his innate understanding of the benefits of Biophilic design, his nature photography is now featured in healthcare facilities throughout the county, including the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Kurt has won numerous local and national awards for his journalistic, architectural and nature photography. 


Carolyn Johnson, Owner, Kurt Johnson Photography
Carolyn Johnson left the corporate environment after 20+ years to lead sales and marketing as Principal of Kurt Johnson Photography in December of 2015, and is a passionate fit for the many hats she wears. Part entrepreneur, part nature lover, marketing and selling the photography that her husband Kurt shoots is a natural fit! Although a true environmentalist, her past experiences in driving sales and market share growth in both the advertising and technology fields prepared Carolyn for the challenge of the global footprint of Kurt Johnson Photography (KJP). She leads sales strategies and marketing efforts for KJP and deeply enjoys connecting with clients and industry professionals. 


Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA, Senior Partner, RDG Planning & Design
Mitch is a core member of the leadership team for the senior living market sector for RDG.  He brings a quarter century of senior living, operational and development experience to the design practice at RDG.  His role in strategic planning, programming, master planning is instrumental in the nation-wide, senior living practice for the firm.  Mitch is currently president of SAGE and serves on the NFPA Health Care Section Executive Board. 




Did You Know?

* Many attendees of The Center for Health Design webinars have inquired about IDCEC approval so they can earn ASID, IIDA, and IDS CEU’s. We have looked into this and unfortunately, the cost to upload courses to IDCEC is simply too high for The Center at this time.

You can still earn credit for attending our webinars by requesting an attendance verification certificate. To obtain a certificate, please contact Natalie Gonzalez, Project Manager, ngonzalez@healthdesign.org.

For further details about how to self-report CEUs to IDCEC, please CLICK HERE.