“Together with the Toronto Animation Image Society we are launching The Animation Project, a free 11-week online and in-person animation course for seniors.
The Animation Project will use a creative hybrid course model to provide seniors with an opportunity to learn about and explore issues and storytelling that reflect their life experiences. This will be done through animated stop motion storytelling, interweaving creative expression with the development of digital literacy. The program will culminate with one public event where participants will share their work with family, friends and their community.
In addition to the 11-week course, The Animation Project will also host two 101 Animation workshops open to adults +55 and two Community Engaged Animation activities during Cultura Festival that are open to the wider public.
Location: This program is a hybrid program with online and in person events and sessions. Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 16th to Thursday, October 27th, 2022 Times: 10 am to 12 pm Registration: Register by Sunday, July 31st, 2022
“AGELESS celebrates the sweet, the bitter and the better aspects of living longer and living wiser.
Thursday, November 18th – Sunday, November 21st.
This festival shines a spotlight on older adults, both on screen and behind the camera.
AGELESS (formerly Silver Scenes) is an incorporated, not-for-profit International Film Festival creating awareness around aging and ageism.
Highlights of the inaugural festival (2020) included the online premiere of ‘The Cuban,” starring Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. and a Fireside Chat with Aboriginal Filmmaker and member of the Order of Canada, Alanis Obomsawin. The festival was honored with the Artbridges Recognition Award for Remarkable Innovation.
AGELESS 2021 will present films from Denmark, England, Argentina, Canada and the US around themes of Housing and the Power of Grandmothers.
The overall AGELESS audience is expected to reach 10,000 Canadians, from high school and university students to medical/mental health professionals and caregivers, to independent seniors, those in community centres and retirement homes across Canada. Admission is always Pay What You Can, eliminating any barrier to participation.”
“Mixed Company Theatre is collaborating with our Associate Artist playwright Catherine Frid to research, develop and eventually tour an original and new stage play about the complex and neglected subject of seniors and suicide.
We will be developing the project initially through conversations and workshops with older adults whose lives have been impacted by depression, suicide, or Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).
This project aims to open conversations on these topics and help people find new ways to support one another and communicate about these often-taboo subjects.
The final piece will be a Forum Theatre play – an interactive, participatory form of theatre where audience members have the opportunity to step up on stage to enact ways to address the issue presented. We are aiming for this final play, which will be performed by professional actors, to catalyze dialogue, discussion, and action to support seniors and their mental health.
Community Participation Process
We are hoping to connect with GTA-based older adults (aged 55+), provide a space for them to confidentially share their experiences with these topics, and explore them through theatre games. These stories and workshop discoveries will form the basis of the play Catherine will write so participants will be able to see their insights/contributions reflected in the universal story that will be created for the final piece. Below are the steps of the process community members will be invited to participate in. There is no expectation that participants will continue with each step and they can choose to leave the process at any time and have their stories withdrawn.
“ANNA’S STORY: FAMILY COMPLICATIONS AFTER LOSS March 23rd, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
“Anna’s Story: Family Complications After Loss” is created in collaboration with seniors from Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women about coping with loss. In the first half of the presentation, you will watch Anna, the protagonist, struggle to find the support she needs to navigate her emotional, financial, and technological needs after the loss of her husband. Then, her story will be presented again – only this second time, you will get the opportunity to suggest changes to result in a positive alternative ending!
This play is scripted and facilitated by Pavla Uppal with support from Elizabeth Wickwire. This play is the culmination of Mixed Company Theatre’s “Resiliency through Virtual Action” project funded by the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.
Content Warning: The presentation makes subtle references to suicide.
COVID CONCERNS March 25th and 31st, 10:00- 11:30 AM ET
“COVID Concerns” is created in collaboration with the seniors from Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities about mental health challenges they are facing during the pandemic. In the first half of this play, you will see how the senior characters in the story become overwhelmed bynew technology, fears of contracting COVID-19, and being alienated from loved ones. Then, the story will be presented again – only this second time, you will get the opportunity to suggest changes to result in a positive alternative ending!
Scripted and facilitated by Luciano Iogna with support from Max Cameron Fearon and Lorene Stanwick. This play is the culmination of Mixed Company Theatre’s “Resiliency through Virtual Action” project funded by the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.
Event Details FREE Interactive Community Plays on Senior Mental HealthDates: Thursday March 25th, Wednesday March 31st Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (ET) Price: Free! Location: Online via Zoom (the event link will be sent after registering)
“To meet the immediate challenge of COVID 19, the Age Friendly Arts and Culture Symposium – hosted by Museum London and funded by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program has moved to an online platform. When you register, you’ll be able to attend one session or all and you’ll receive a link to event.
December 10th 2020, 9:30am to 3:30pm
Building Digital Bridges Older Adults, Arts and Culture During COVID-19 and Beyond
Who should attend this Symposium?
Those who also wish to explore opportunities for collaboration and the use of technology to engage older adults in arts and cultural programs and online activities during COVID-19 and beyond . Morning and afternoon sessions.
“The festival, aimed at a multi-generational audience, will take place between November 5th November 7th, and is free!
The films reveal a deep intuitive understanding of the older person.
The impetus for this festival is concern about the serious problems faced by our elderly population which is increasing in age and numbers. Could the strongly embedded ageism in our culture have contributed to the neglect of our elders in long term care facilities?
A small group of volunteers has come together, in record time, to plan and program the first Silver Screens film festival.
“The Age is More Virtual Film Program was the first ever youth and seniors virtual film program. Young filmmakers from across Canada worked with seniors in Revera Retirement Residences to create a poem based on the impactful moments in their lives, and the seniors used iPads to record footage to accompany it.
These videos are a tribute to the ageless spirit of older Canadians, to life-long learning, and to building relationships between different generations.”
“The Canadian Art in Isolation project connects artists with isolated seniors in publicly-funded long-term-care homes to provide artwork for display in common and private rooms. These seniors have felt increased levels of isolation from families and friends and the project was born out of a desire to mitigate these negative experiences through art.
Our first partnership with Toronto’s Fudger House amassed over 300 works from local artists! We’ve also created an online gallery through our website and Instagram that spotlights the emerging artists who donated work. We are currently accepting donations for the Wychwood Castleview Towers long-term-care home in Toronto. Please visit our website for submission details. We cannot wait to see your work!”
“Explore the art of storytelling through the use of stop-motion animation!
North York Arts and the Toronto Animation Image Society have teamed up to present the Seniors Animation Program. Over the course of 16 FREE workshops (6 online in the spring and 10 in-person in the fall), participants will use digital animation techniques to explore topics and issues affecting today’s senior population.
This program is a chance to connect with peers, channel your creative expression, and develop your digital literacy.