Creative Age Network – Summer ’23 Update

The weather is still hot and humid but

Time waits for no one

The Fall Fairs will soon begin!

Over the years, we’ve been honoured to assist many seniors groups and organizations successfully secure more resources for community-based programming. This summer, there’s lots of good news to share. Please note: New Horizons for Seniors Canada is currently receiving grant applications until mid September. If you need some extra help with an application, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Email:

-With Hamilton’s Centre [3] for Artistic and Social practice, we’re launching Seniors Art Link on August 8th. This is an online community for adults 55+ who want to learn and teach creative skills in a social environment. We’ve adapted social learning theory to online programming and we can’t wait to share our experiences with like minded individuals, groups and organizations. The project has been funded in part by Canada Council for the Arts – Digital Strategies Fund.

-Our Online Facilitator and Instructor Training Program is now ready to launch. Workshops will be available to individuals, groups and organizations who work with older adults in a virtual environment. We demonstrate successful experiences of social learning theory adapted to online courses, mentoring and coaching. Thanks to funding provided by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategies Fund.

-Congratulations to London Public Library for receiving a 2023-24 New Horizons for Seniors Grant. Thanks to London Public Library staff for organizing Creative Age Programs through June and July. We look forward to new programs for fall in all the neighbourhood library branches.

-Congratulations to Seniors Spotlight Musical Theatre for the wildly succesful launch at the Grand Theatre in London Ontario funded by the Ontario Seniors Community grant. The first production “Babes in Arms” was co-produced by Art Fidler and Rick Smith. We were honoured to play a part.

Art and Rick

-Congratulation to London Middlesex Community Housing for receiving a 2023-23 New Horizons for Seniors Grant for the 12 seniors housing communities in London and region. We’re looking forward to more online activities and onsite community murals.

-Congratulations to WLK Seniors Assistance for receiving a 2023-24 New Horizons for Seniors Grant for community upgrades and community engagement activities.

-Congratulations to Centre [3] for receiving a 2023-24 New Horizons For Seniors Grant to develop pre-taped video programming for the Seniors Art Link Project.

Horton Street Seniors Centre

This fall and winter we’re excited and honoured to collaborate with Horton Street Seniors Centre staff to explore and develop new creative arts programming. Creative Journaling for Wellness will start right after Thanksgiving.

Kristan Smith will be leading our Digital Training Services to assist older artists, crafters, performers and makers improve digital skills (intermediate level) to share and promote their work. Kristan will be working with folks who know the basics but want to learn all about the newest digital bells and whistles.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed some special time with family and friends.

Kathy Smith