CultureLink’s Seniors’ Art Project is an arts-based program for newcomer/refugee and immigrant seniors living in Toronto. With this program, we aim to provide an inclusive space for vulnerable seniors to tell their stories. Our goal is to help them share their memories, cultures and lived experiences with their peers and the broader community.
In weekly 4-hour sessions, we bring together marginalized newcomer/refugee seniors with more established immigrant seniors. This is a hands-on workshop, where seniors will develop a series of collage-based portraits. With the help of professional artists, the group participates in a collaborative art-making process. In the end, the portraits that tell their stories will be featured in a very special exhibition.
Participants in this program come from different cultural communities. Therefore, they will share their stories in both English and their mother tongues.
For those interested, the exhibition/display will take place at The Crossways Mall. We will announce the date and time shortly.
This project was conceived at the Koffler Centre of the Arts in Toronto. The Koffler Centre of the Arts is an arts and cultural organization that engages audiences in vibrant dialogue through ideas-based, cross-disciplinary projects and events. Koffler Centre values and aims to foster social justice, equality and inclusion, while nurturing a passion for learning and understanding. They achieve this through art exhibitions, performances, public talks, education and digital arts initiatives.