Managed by Karen Gress, Penny Wearne and local volunteers, this fully accessible gathering place is a dynamic studio/workshop space within the Flight Exec Community Centre in the Municipality of Thames Centre. There, community members celebrate creative self-expression,lifelong learning and community engagement. Emerging and experienced artists empower members of the seniors’ community and facilitate an environment filled with encouragement that results in a strengthened sense of belonging.
Special efforts are made to reach those at risk of social isolation through the much appreciated funding support from New Horizons for Seniors Canada Program and the Seniors’ Community Grant 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.
Some program expenses are funded by the Municipality of Thames Centre, provincial and federal grants and local service clubs. The Creative Age Art Studio workshops increase 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 & Gallery
Location: Flight Exec Centre, Municipality of Thames Centre
2066 Dorchester Road
May through September
Creative Age Community Mural Project
funded by New Horizons for Seniors Canada
Instructors – Sheri Cowan and Tricia Edgar
Dates – June 22nd, 25th, 26th and 27th
Save the Dates! Art Adventure Day Trips
with Kathy Smith
Limited seating – sign up early by calling Karen Gress 519 268-2025
Wednesday June 20th Stratford Art in the Park
Thursday June 28th Museum London, Centre at the Forks
Friday July 20th Home County Music and Arts Festival
Dorchester Art in the Barn July 14th and 15th
Visit our tables and exhibit
- Senior StarTime Talent Search and Showcase coming this summer
- Lunch n Learn Series 2018
- Art Improv with Kathy Smith – Intuitive and Expressive Painting
- Painting with Reiki/Colour Energy with Kathy Smith
- September 28th – National Seniors Day Banquet
- Dorchester Fair – Thanksgiving Weekend