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Video: HAAP! H’art Accessible Arts Program

HAAP! is H’art Centre’s community-coordinated arts program for seniors who live in long-term care homes, including those who may experience isolation because of disabilities. Several times a week, trained artists and volunteers travel to long-term care homes across Kingston to deliver meaningful arts-based programming.”

-from H’art Centre website
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Workshop: Stories for the Next Generation (Scarborough)

Stories for the Next Generation is a free intergenerational storytelling workshop series for seniors ages 55 and older to share with their families and communities.

Over the course of the series, senior participants will work with a professional storyteller to create enticing creative writing pieces. Participants will record their stories with their children and grandchildren to create a collection of audio-stories and will also work with an artist to create a visual companion to their stories. All items will be published into a compilation of stories.

This free series is hosted every Wednesday (1-3PM) from June 13 to October 31 at ACSA – Dorset Park Hub (1911 Kennedy Road, Unit #105, Scarborough).

For more information or to register, visit:

-submitted by Next Generation Arts

Scarborough Arts’ Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS) Exhibition (April 5-27)

Exhibit marks Scarborough elders as diverse, multilingual storytellers

“On April 19, Scarborough Arts presents the Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS) Exhibition Opening Reception and Anthology Launch, showcasing photography, poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose, and audio recordings created by 18 Scarborough seniors as part of the HAFS program.

Exploring themes of family, immigration, aging, triumphs and sorrows, and love and loss the exhibition and anthology illuminates the hidden worlds of some of Scarborough’s most talented elders, depicting the diversity of their experiences as told against the diverse and multicultural backdrop of our beloved Scarborough.

This year, we are particularly excited to welcome a diverse group of program participants, including the first-ever group of Mandarin-speaking seniors. As a result, all materials in the exhibition, anthology and audio recordings will be available in both English and in Mandarin.

The Healthy Arts for Seniors program was developed by Scarborough Arts in an effort to break patterns of isolation amongst seniors and provide an opportunity to explore what it means to build healthy lives through the arts in an inclusive and welcoming environment. The program, which ran from October 2017 to April 2018, engaged 25 seniors as it travelled to East Scarborough Storefront in South Scarborough and then to Agincourt Community Services Association in North Scarborough. Participants met weekly and learned about the creative and technical aspects of photography, creative writing, and oral storytelling.

“I believe the HAFS program, a cornerstone of Scarborough Arts’ program offerings, truly encourages participants to experience their own personal renaissance as they engage with a multi-media approach to artistic self-expression and self-actualization,” says Derek Spooner, Scarborough Arts’ Executive Director. “Join us for this celebration of artworks directly from the hearts and minds of Scarborough’s elders. Healthy Arts for Seniors is for everyone.”

The Healthy Arts for Seniors Exhibition Opening Reception and Anthology Launch will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Scarborough Arts’ Bluffs Gallery on 1859 Kingston Road. The afternoon will feature live readings by seniors, food and refreshments, and an opportunity to mix and mingle while viewing the exhibit.

The Healthy Arts for Seniors exhibit runs from April 5 to 27, 2018. It is curated by Diana Nazareth, HAFS Program Facilitator and Coordinator.

For more information about Scarborough Arts’ Healthy Arts for Seniors program, visit

The Healthy Arts for Seniors program was made possible through the support of the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario’s Seniors’ Secretariat. We also acknowledge the support of our program partners: East Scarborough Storefront and the Agincourt Community Services Association.

Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring arts to the community and community to the arts.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release
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Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (GeriActors, Edmonton)

“NEW GeriActors Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)

If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you!

Join the fun!

Turn your stories into plays
Learn about acting
Create dynamic characters
Perform (if you want to)
If you participated in GeriActors SUMMER SCHOOL this workshop is a continuation of what you learned. We would love to see you there!

Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00pm
March 2 – May 11
No session on March 30 for Good Friday

The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
SAGE is wheelchair accessible and all abilities are welcome

$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last 17 years. For more information on GeriActors Theatre visit our website:

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
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Mixed Company Theatre Community Workshop Series: Elder Care Workshops

Mixed Company Theatre, with the support of the Government of Ontario Senior Community Grant Program, is bringing our popular community-based workshops to seniors across the GTA this fall and winter.Facilitated by our Artistic Director, Simon Malbogat, our Elder Care Workshops seek to empower senior citizens and address the pressing issue of elder abuse in our communities. In these workshops, participants will be led through a series of exercises and activities developed from Theatre of the Oppressed/ Forum Theatre methodology that will provide seniors with the tools to express and address issues relating to elder care and abuse. The Elder Care program is also designed to address diverse groups of seniors, including newcomer/refugee groups.

To bring our Elder Care workshops to your organization, please contact:

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre
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GeriActors 2nd Annual Summer School (Edmonton)

“​GeriActors 2nd Annual Summer School starts June 29

Introduction to storytelling, acting and improv

Perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about our acting company, the GeriActors & Friends, or wanting to try something brand new.

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last sixteen years. Join us this summer and learn how to turn your own stories into moments of theatre to share with others.


No experience necessary and all abilities welcome.

Date & Time:
June 29 – July 27
Thursdays from 1 – 3pm

The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Cost: $20

Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510.”

Conference – Maintaining Creativity 2: REinvention (Artists’ Health Alliance)


“Following our sold out inaugural conference in 2016, the Artists’ Health Alliance and the Canadian Senior Artist Resource Network (CSARN) are thrilled to present Maintaining Creativity 2: REinvention, on April 26, 2017 at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library.

The theme of this full-day conference for senior artists is REinvention. That will be the topic of our keynote address by CBC host Laurie Brown, and a morning round-table discussion led by a panel of prominent artists.

In the afternoon, participants will choose from three breakout sessions: Financial and Legacy Planning, Marketing for Senior Artists, and Healthy Aging: Separating Fact from Fiction.”

For more information, please visit Artists’ Health Alliance website.


Resource Highlight – Creative Engagement Through the Arts as Health Care for Older People: Potential and Problems Provoked


Creative Engagement Through the Arts as Health Care for Older People: Potential and Problems Provoked
University of Toronto, T-Space | ON | 2011
Ezra Houser

“Programs that use the arts to engage older people promote health, foster community, and give voice and legacy to participants. Creative practice in health care settings facilitates emotional, mental, and physical wellness for participants and staff, while improving the culture of care. Yet there is resistance to arts-in-medicine as a legitimate tool of health care. The predominant biomedical paradigm privileges quantitative assessment methods over qualitative studies which may accept anecdotal, arts-informed, or “common sense” evidence. Successful creative programs face challenges translating their benefits when evaluated inappropriately. This arts-informed inquiry uses creative writing to address multiple dimensions of knowing, integrating autoethnographical insights from work as a caregiver, artist, educator, and administrator of collaborative art. Serendipity and imagination in research were employed to explore how collaborating artists can facilitate creative engagement for elders, embodying preventative, community-based medicine to successfully address and transform myriad challenges and opportunities as the population continues to age.”

Click through the Resource Portal to access the document.

GeriActors Artists Training Program – community-based theatre (Edmonton)


“Join us this October for our NEW Training Program and learn the intergenerational and community-based theatre techniques used by the GeriActors. This program is perfect for actors, educators, healthcare providers, recreation professionals, and more!

Training Program
October 21 – 23, 2016
Friday, October 21 from 6-9PM
Saturday, October 22 from 10AM-5PM
Sunday, October 23 from 1-5PM

Registration Fee – $100*
Student/Senior – $75*
*This fee will be offset by the payment participants will receive for leading a workshop.

Performance Storytelling Residency
At the end of the Training Program those interested will have the opportunity to lead, in pairs, a workshop in Performance Storytelling, for which they will be paid. This 3-week Residency is a great opportunity to put into practice what you learned in the training program.

Program Coordinator, Matthew “Gus” Gusul
Gus obtained his PhD from the University of Victoria. His research focused upon the creation of an Intergenerational Theatre performance in rural Tamil Nadu, India. As a theatre artist, he has mainly focused on helping marginalized communities create theatre based upon the community’s stories. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, various groups of Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBT communities, and religious groups. In Victoria, he was the Director/Playwright for the Living History – Reminiscence Theatre Company, and from 2005-2010 he was the Assistant Director of the GeriActors.

Contact GeriActors to Register: 780-248-1556 /”

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
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Call for Workshop Hosts: GeriActors Training Program (Edmonton)


GeriActors is running a new Training Program in our intergenerational theatre techniques for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals. At the end of this Training Program, trainees will apply what they learned by leading workshops for seniors in Performance Storytelling.

We are inviting seniors’ venues and organizations to host Performance Storytelling workshops over a period of three weeks, November to December. Minimal cost to hosts!

Hosts will be responsible for providing workshop space, administrative support and assistance with publicity. Workshops will be open to all seniors without restriction, with no experience required, and with all levels of mobility welcomed.

Performance Storytelling – Using theatre exercises, improv, laughter and fun GeriActors inspires reminiscences, and helps participants turn their stories into moments of theatre to share with others. Whether you have a history in theatre, have always dreamt of performing, or just want to try something new a GeriActors workshop is the perfect place to begin.

Interested organizations should contact Becca Barrington at for an application. Completed applications are due September 25.

For more information visit our website.”

-submited by GeriActors Theatre
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