Old School Intergenerational Projects
A not-for-profit community organization
Old School creates opportunities for intergenerational empathy and understanding through the arts. Programs are designed to support older adults in living a more fulfilled and enriched life and invite young people to engage with their communities and the arts. Each generation benefits greatly from building relationships with one another.
In the beginning:
Old School's inaugural project was a letter-writing program between grade six students and older adults in a local retirement residence. The Pen Pal Project was made possible by an Arts Smarts grant awarded to a local junior high school, enabling Claire and Erin to facilitate the letter writing along with music, dance, and theatre arts exercises that promoted active listening and empathy building.
The exchange of letters cumulated in a face-to-face meet and greet and a well prepared student performance for residents. It was an enriching experience for both groups. Claire and Erin facilitated the project again in 2019 through another Arts Smarts grant, with four times the participants! The project created a meaningful connection between 72 students and 41 older adults.
Check out CBC's coverage on Old School's Pen Pal Project:
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To create opportunities for generations to connect through the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
For all ages to show empathy to one another through authentic connection and the arts.