About

Community-Based Arts Programming

For the past 12 years, our network members and volunteers have assisted municipalities, cultural organizations, arts councils, community health, housing and service providers secure resources to establish arts education and meaningful life enrichment programming and events for low income and at-risk older adults.

Helping seniors thrive

While interest in arts education and demand for community arts programs are greater than ever, an affordability crisis, digital disruption and precarious work are making it more difficult for older adults to plan for and sustain a creative and meaningful retirement. To respond to these challenges, we are committed to providing a broad range of resources, new services and opportunities to better help seniors thrive at home now and in the years to come.

Online Connections

New funding and community partnerships allow us to design and develop a variety of new online programs, presentations and activities for older adults. Our experienced and trained instructors enrich the lives of older adults in many different settings both onsite and online.

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Leadership

Kathy Smith has been researching, developing and delivering creative arts programs, events and activities since 1987. When she’s not organizing outreach and community engagement programs, you can find Kathy in her home studio located in downtown London Ontario. Kathy is a self-taught artist who uses recycled paper, textiles, memorabilia and found objects to create original works for show and sale.

Current Projects

Artist-Educator-Community Consultant with McMaster University, University of Guelph, Centre [3] Direct[Message] a collaborative community arts project based in Ontario and generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts (Digital Strategy Fund). It aims to make the arts more interactive and accessible for older adults through digital technology.

2022-23 Artist-Educator-Project Coordinator for a collaborative Community Arts and Wellness Project sponsored by Museum London and funded by the Ministry of Employment and Social Development, New Horizons for Seniors Canada.

Awards-Recognitions

Province of Ontario Achievement Award, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Mayor’s Honour Roll for Arts and Culture, City of London

Founder/Director London New Arts Festival

Adult Education Award, London Council for Adult EducatIon

Community Leadership Recognition, London North Centre

Tourism London, Spirit of Excellence Finalist