It’s been a wild ride!
Because of COVID, the summer has been up and down for most of us. Earlier, I made the decision to postpone onsite community arts programming until the spring 2022. Some of our instructors and volunteers were ready to get started this fall, but the anxiety around the unknown virus variants led us to continue with online community development. That continues to be the major focus for the next 6 months.
Shout Out to London Public Library – thank you!
As a community developer, I love working with many different community partners. I’m pleased to announce we’ve chosen London Public Library Virtual Programming as a community partner for online Creative Age Studio program offerings. I’m a cheerleader of library branches and librarians and the important role they play in building healthier communities. The Creative Age online programs start Monday September 13th. Thanks so much to the amazing London Public Library staff. I can’t wait to develop more programs and activities to keep older adults engaged through the winter months. Video link – https://tinyurl.com/5hbjne8f
Healthier Aging Through Arts and Technology
The United Nations WHO has proclaimed 2021 to 2030 as the Decade for Healthy Aging. I’m also pleased to announce the launch of a new project sponsored by Museum London and funded by Canada Employment and Social Development and I’m honoured to serve as the project coordinator. The project title is Healthier Aging Through Arts and Technology. Brian Meehan, the Executive Director of Museum London has been a major champion for creative aging programs in and around the London Ontario region. With community partners, London Middlesex Community Housing and local non profit seniors housing providers, we’ll distribute Create @Home activity kits in the area. Video tutorials will encourage sharing and caring with a special focus on self care and positive mental health. The project launch date is October 1st, 2021 (National Seniors’ Day) and the end date March 31st 2022.
Creative Age Online Journaling Club
Through our website and social media platforms we’re also reaching out to older adults in the area to make new connections by sharing stories and journal pages and supportive and safe space while learning new skills. Participants learn creative tips and techniques to start and maintain a journaling practice. With other members of the online club, participants will also learn new digital skills for sharing and social fun. Participants can sign up through the private Creative Age Studio Facebook Group.