PSOA Associate Professor Gains Recognition for Caregiving Culture Hack 

Colored candies and a weekly pill organizer are displayed on a grey surface. They are items used in Care Shower games.
Care showers, much like baby showers, include games. A suggested game includes organizing candies into a weekly pill organizer. | Photo courtesy

Art & Design Associate Professor Jessica Meuninck-Ganger (Area Head, Printmaking & Book Arts) was featured in Minnesota’s largest newspaper, the Star Tribune. Ganger, alongside colleague Anne Basting, held an event in Saint Paul as a part of their movement, Care Showers. 

Care Showers are events designed by the artists to “acknowledge both the humor and the challenges that caring for an adult or elder can bring.” Meuninck-Ganger and Basting have described their work as an act of “culture hacking,” modifying existing cultural rituals—specifically baby and wedding showers—to highlight and alleviate the shame and stigma associated with caregiving. The goal is to create room for the emergence of a new ritual that addresses these issues and makes caregiving a normal and celebrated part of life.  

Adding traction to the movement is Aesthetics of Loss, an art exhibition touring nationally that features work centered around the sensation of losing a loved one. 

Read the article on the Star Tribune and learn more on the Care Showers website.