The Thames Centre volunteers opened a new Creative Age Art Studio in the Flight Exec Community Centre, in December 2017. The programs and primarily designed to inspire and enhance the overall emotional and mental well-being of adults 50 plus. Special efforts are made to reach those at risk of social isolation through funding from New Horizons for Seniors Canada Program.
Although the programs primarily target local residents, they draw participants from the surrounding areas in Middlesex County and east London.
Volunteers also organize intergenerational activities in the same space. Art-making, creativity and art expression bring children, youth, adults and seniors together fostering arts education, creative self-expression and mentoring.
Organized by Dorchester resident and artist Penny Wearne and a volunteer steering committee, the programs are funded by the Municipality of Thames Centre, provincial and federal grants and local service clubs. The Creative Age Art Studio workshops increases community involvement and engagement, and promote the spirit of community and volunteering.
With the administrative support of Karen Gress, the Seniors’ Centre Coordinator, a wide variety of creative arts and crafts programs are offered throughout the year and are advertised through the Dorchester Lions Seniors Centre Newsletter, local newspaper and social media.
Creative Age Art Workshops and Activities
Creative Age Art Studio
Location: Flight Exec Centre, Municipality of Thames Centre
2066 Dorchester Road
May through September
PAINTING WITH SUSAN – sign up soon!
We will be starting another set of painting classes with Susan Graham (April 6 & 20; May 4 & 18; June 1 & 15). These are popular classes. Register with Karen as soon as you can to ensure your spot. (519-268-2025)
Dorchester Art in the Barn – July 14th and 15th – see our tables and exhibit
- Senior StarTime Talent Search and Showcase project starts May 1st
- Stitching Our Stories: Telling stories about local quilters and their craft
- Lunch n Learn Series 2018
- Art Improv with Kathy Smith – Intuitive and Expressive Painting
- Painting with Reiki/Colour Energy with Kathy Smith
- October 1st – National Seniors Day
- Dorchester Fair – Thanksgiving Weekend