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.

 

Participation is a key component of arts programming. Old School delivers programs, not only for young people and adults but for older adults as well. It is created for them to be a part of, not only receive. Participation among generations only enriches the experience for all.

 

Claire and Erin are both experienced singer-actor-dancers and continue to share their talents on stages across the province. Their combined expertise as performers and facilitators is used to create fun, educational arts programs suitable for intergenerational participation.

Benefits:
  • 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

The benefits are endless for people of all ages. It is important to note that these activities have been scientifically proven specifically to improve wellbeing within older adults who have dementia.