London Area Outreach Programs

Improving our communities through consulting, coaching, mentoring, teaching new skills and promoting meaningful community engagement

While there is no one model of community-engaged art, its practices can be broadly defined as collaborative creative processes that involve professional artists, social institutions, grassroots groups or individuals ~Ontario Arts Council


We’re now celebrating 10 years! Our community-based, creative age outreach programs in art, photography, drumming, creative writing, theatre, dance, storytelling and social networking

are designed to inspire, teach new skills and encourage meaningful social engagement. The programs and activities can be provided on a private fee for service basis or sponsored by

-municipalities

-neighbourhood associations

-arts and cultural institutions

-libraries

-care homes

-independent living retirement homes

-seniors’ centres

-seniors’ apartment communities

Please view the poster and images gallery

Creative Age Outreach Programs 2019-20

Recognizing the beneficial role of the community arts and intergenerational placemaking to improve the quality of life for all members in our communities.

For the past 10 years, the core members of the Creative Age Network and volunteers have worked with community organizations to identify opportunities, secure funding to raise awareness to develop and deliver creative arts programs to socially isolated adults in care homes, seniors centres, libraries, day programs, rural communities and low income social housing. In our area, Creative Age Outreach Programs are developed and delivered by Kathy Smith. We’re winding down the 2019 programs and looking forward to new intergenerational programs and activities in the future.

Many thanks to funders and community partners – New Horizons for Seniors Canada, Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program, Museum London, The City of London Age Friendly Network, London Public Library, and Municipality of Thames Centre and London Middlesex Community Housing for funding and/or partnership support.

New! Creative Age Mobile Art Studio

Coordinated by Kathy Smith, we organize outreach programs, activities and social events to adults at risk of social isolation due to economic or mobility barriers. Programs include skills development and meaningful social/community engagement groups and individuals.

Seniors or their caregivers can hire a visiting Creative Companion to learn, explore, discover and create in the safety and comfort of their own apartment residence or private home.

Speaking and Consulting Services Available

Kathy Smith- Province of Ontario
Achievement Award
presented by Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Kathy Smith

Phone: 519 697-2177

getkathysmith@gmail.com

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