Joan Hampton Fraser |  Teaching Artist Training Consultant

Emeritus Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Joan Hampton Fraser has been a creative arts consultant for over 38 years. She is currently the Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Training Consultant, coordinating and leading external teaching artist training sessions. Joan has worked as a trainer with private sector companies and government agencies since 1989. She has created and implemented programs for older adults in over 70 different programs throughout the metropolitan area over her career. She previously led the ‘Marvelous Musicals’, ‘Creative Writing’, ‘Creative Movement’, and ‘Escape into Letters’ programs. She has worked with many populations of people and has specialized in working with people in the “Third Age” of their lives. She has utilized her extensive background in psychotherapy, family therapy, dance therapy and systems theory to complement her artistic work. Joan studied with Liz Lerman for several years at Dance Exchange, having started her work with older adults at that time. Joan uses dance, creative movement, creative and letter writing techniques, and musical theater to access participants’ cognitive, emotional, and kinesthetic strengths as well as build a sense of community and appreciation for others. Joan has a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Ithaca College, M.A. in education and human development with a specialization in dance from George Washington University, and a psychodrama certification from the D.C. Commission on Mental Health Services.