MISSISSAUGA, ON – Seniors are in the spotlight! Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is proud to launch its innovative ArtReach for Older Adults program today. VAM is pleased to share the magic of the arts with older adults across the City of Mississauga through its subsidized pilot program.
ArtReach for Older Adults offers exciting art workshops under the guidance of qualified instructors to the Region of Peel’s Malton Village, Peel Senior Link and South Common Community Centre. Seniors at these locations will take a creative journey as they explore four months of subsidized art classes. It is estimated that hundreds of seniors will be impacted by the program which brings VAM’s popular art experiences out into the community.
VAM is pleased to partner with the Mississauga Senior Council (MSC) to launch the program. Representing more than 50 senior groups across the City of Mississauga, the MSC has offered its guidance and support of the program which will inspire and build confidence in individuals that might not have regular access to VAM programs. Participants will explore a variety of creative practices including painting, drawing, sculpture and more!
ArtReach will encourage social participation and inclusion for older adults while promoting volunteerism. VAM has enlisted a team of senior volunteers to help deliver the workshops alongside VAM’s professional teaching staff. These giving individuals have been through rigorous training to prepare for the delivery of the program.
Dedicated volunteer Gordon Salisbury explains, “When you’re painting it’s impossible to think of anything else. It’s very relaxing. Keeps me out of mischief and happy. Just what seniors need; chews up time (a major enemy of seniors). Older people need hobbies and interests to keep active, young in mind, and therefore happy…We can pass on the pleasure we get from art to others, and at the same time be rewarded ourselves.”
Book an ArtReach Session Today! Groups or senior centres that are interested in booking an ArtReach workshop are asked to contact VAM at 905-277-4313.
The ArtReach for Older Adults Pilot Project is made possible with generous funding provided through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD: VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for adults, teens and children as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReach for schools and corporate team-building. Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.