Participatory Arts Programming

"The encounter with art – and with others over art – can help us identify with one another, expand our notions of we, and show us that individual engagement in the world has actual consequences. "

 

- Olafur Eliasson, Artist

The arts are a capsule through which memories, stories, and experiences are captured and preserved. This is one of the reasons existing music, theatre, film, and literature are so valuable to share between generations.

 

Old School's arts programs are participatory, meaning that they are created for folks to be a part of, not only receive. Participation among multiple generations enriches the experience for all.

Benefits:
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  • Increases confidence and self-esteem

  • Enables social-emotional learning

  • Inspires feelings of accomplishment

  • Improves physical health such as coordination, joint mobility, breathing control, etc.

  • Increases participation in other daily activities

  • Positively transforms attitudes

  • Breaks down internal and external stigmas about ageing and abilities

  • Creates social contact and friendships

  • Raises expectations in other aspects of life

  • Validates each individual's contributions and experiences

  • Provides an outlet for thought, exploration and play