Our overall mission is to design and develop community-engaged arts programs and activities that support creative self-expression and reduce the risk and harm of social isolation resulting in healthier aging communities in and around our region.
For the past 10 years, we have assisted municipalities, cultural organizations, service-providers and caregivers in Southwestern Ontario secure resources for community-based research and life enrichment programs for aging populations. We utilize and share our creative resources (developed by older adults for older adults) as powerful interventions to reduce social isolation and strengthen healthy community connections. Using cross-sector strategies, we help facilitate enduring multi-sector partnerships in urban and rural areas.
Transition – because of COVID-19 and the emergence of variants, all onsite community arts and creative aging programs are on hold indefinitely or until our facilitators, arts instructors and participants can safely gather with confidence for programs and events. In the meantime, a digital pivot is underway with a goal to increase the digital literacy skills of key volunteers and older adults in our network with the help and support of the Direct Message Research Project funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Nations World Health Organization has declared 2020 to 2030. as the Decade of Healthy Aging. It is an opportunity to bring together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector for ten years of concerted, catalytic and collaborative action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.