Executor of LAW Program, COO of New & Alive Art Services, Taiwan
Minsuen Chiang is the co-founder & COO of New & Alive Art Services (NAAS). NAAS is the premiere social enterprise in Taiwan with over a decade experience delivering an arts therapist training and certification for working with the elderly. Starting in 2014, NAAS has been exploring partnerships in Singapore, China, Japan and Hong Kong to deliver its programs regionally.
Together with the Shin Kong Life Foundation, NAAS used Legacy Art Works (LAW), a program originally developed by the US-based, Elders Share the Arts as the building block to create a license program in Mandarin. NAAS has partnered with nearly 100 private and public institutions to deliver their program in Taiwan. In addition, NAAS published two books – the Red Cross Chapter of Taiwan’s 60th Anniversary Book and Stories by 6 Centenarian War Veterans, using the same LAW techniques representing reminiscence through the visual arts.
Chiang graduated with a B.A. from the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University, M.A. in Social Work at Soochow University and is also a licensed social worker. Chiang spent 5 years at the Taipei Family Caregiver Association (Taiwan), where she started as a supervisor working with assistant nurses then became its deputy director of the organization. As COO of NAAS, Chiang documents and publishes the lessons into guidebooks for the trainers. She also leads experiential workshops for institutions such as medical schools, to enable students to empathize and better communicate with the elderly.