"Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment."
-William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education
The Old School Bus Retrofit
Retrofit of a 2008 Bluebird school bus. The bus will serve as an arts programming, administrative and creative space for Old School, It will assist in the transportation of supplies and services throughout the province. The bus has been made accessible and will be an inclusive, safe space for all people.
By the Sea: A Sensory Theatre Experience
Creation and development of a musical, sensory performance for seniors whose mobility, language, or memory prevents them from engaging in traditional theatre events. Show development is funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program and has taken place with the participation of seniors in the St. John's area. Bookings will be made available as of mid-May, 2022.
Musical phone calls and chats from professional and community singers who volunteer their time to connect with community members who could use some joy. Created during the Covid-19 pandemic to create new intergenerational connections and ease isolation.
The Reminiscence Project
Experiences, stories, and insights from older Newfoundland and Labradorians are passed on to younger generations through weekly sensory explorations with Old School facilitators. This program validates and celebrates the lives of senior participants, improves self-esteem, and offers a unique learning opportunity for elementary social studies classes.
The Pen Pal Project
Grade six students and local seniors and long-term care patients in the city write to one another for 4 months. This experience culminates in a face-to-face or virtual meeting, pending Covid 19 restrictions. Throughout the program, Old School facilitates in-class arts programming with students to explore the stereotypes and challenges of aging. Funded by Arts NL.
The Creative Communities Project
Arts education/leadership training and implementation opportunity for communities around the province, to provide skills, knowledge, and inspiration for residents of each community to continue ongoing intergenerational arts programming where they live. Funded by the New Horizons for Seniors program 2022/23, and Come Home Year 2022.
The Skill Sharing Project
Skill-sharing experiences facilitated by community members young and old with specific areas of expertise to share. Funded by the Seniors Social Inclusion grant from the Government of NL.