Arts & Health was designed to address the gap between the existing supports available for older adults in recreation facilities and those within the health care system, as well as to address the need for a new generation of programming that meets the needs and expectations of a growing older adult population.
Our project models are designed to support the establishment of new programming with both financial and administrative help as well as professional development opportunities for project staff. The ongoing community of practice mixes the new sites with experienced sites to support cross fertilization across programs.
The 1 year model runs in three 10 week sessions from Fall to early Summer, with one Lead Artist following our 10 week curriculum.
In this deep dive model, a Lead Artist and Artist Intern work with a community for 30 weeks a year over three years.
Elders work in exploring traditional culture & designs, focusing on creating contemporary works that reflect traditional designs.
Britannia Elders Arts
Elders at Britannia Community Centre work with community engaged artists making art that explores West Coast Indigenous culture.
The Moberly Senior Dancers
This group of dancing women weaves connections across cultures. With representation from the South Asian, Chinese and Philippine communities, diversity is integral and provides many opportunities for learning.
Strathcona Puppet Performance Group
Located in Strathcona Community Centre in Vancouver this group consists of Chinese speaking elders who work with a professional theatre artist and puppeteer, and translator.
Collaborative Creative Dance for Older Adults at Aberthau/West Point Grey
This new dance group is exploring collaboration and contemporary dance making.
Our Stories Through Plants
This new group is exploring local plants and visual arts for story telling and sharing.
Express Your Voice Choir
Borne out of Arts and Health in 2009, the Express Your Voice Choir met weekly, September through June for over six years. Their music was composed of vocal improvisation, bodywork, breathing, and composition.
The Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders (Quirk-e)
At Britannia Community Centre in Vancouver, this group consists of seniors that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. They call themselves Quirk-e, the Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders. Claire Robson, the project's lead artist, sees the work of Quirk-e as a practice of recollection and storytelling.
Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Adult Day Centre
Inspired by the lead artist Carmen Rosen’s interest in creating art with natural dyes, this group created beautiful fabric art in cotton, felt, and silk, experimenting with natural dye textile techniques.
Digital Storytelling Project
Seniors learn how to write, record and edit their own video footage and then present their videos to their family, friends and the community.
The Vancouver Downtown Eastside Elder Dancers
In partnership with the Carnegie Centre and Karen Jamieson Dance Society, the workshop engaged seniors living in the Downtown Eastside in community dance workshops.
Renfrew Park Community Centre
Each year the seniors explored different visual mediums to further the group's experimentation with composition, design, and colour.
More campfire than cantata, The Backpocket Song Project has a simple yet profound purpose – to bring singing back into ordinary life, where it has always belonged.
All voices are welcome in this new communal singing workshop led by professional artist Vanessa Richards.
Collaborative Creative Dance for Older Adults at Trout Lake
Explore movement and dance making with collaborative creative dance.