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December 15, 2003
Home for the aged mural celebrates differences, creates common bond
A mural unveiled today celebrates a unique creative collaboration between a
home for the aged and a professional art team. The 6-by-16-foot mural, which
features people and nature, is the result of months of artistry by residents of
Fudger House, a Toronto Home for the Aged at 439 Sherbourne St., and artists
Jessica Perlitz and Lara Mrosovski.

Perlitz and Mrosovski received a grant from the Toronto Arts Council to embark
on an ambitious project to combine their talents with those of a diverse group
of seniors living at Fudger House. The project provided an artistic outlet for
residents with many different levels of artistic ability, ranging from formal
art training to no artistic experience.

A group of 15 to 20 residents met with the artists over a two-month period to
create the mural. Also lending a hand were activation, rehabilitation,
complementary care and recreation staff from Fudger, a dedicated volunteer, and
an activation student from George Brown College.

Creating the mural was an adventure for the residents, who came from different
cultural backgrounds. Differences in language spoken were easily overcome,
however, by pointing and using the colours and the paint as a common language.
Residents worked individually or in pairs on smaller panels, that were then put
together to make a larger whole. Using this process, the final product reflects
and celebrates the cultural and experiential differences of the residents,
while at the same time building connections.

The community also got involved in the project by donating materials and
supplies needed for the mural. Fudger House received generous support from
Danforth Lumber, Para Paints, Stevenson Paint, Monarch Paints, Aboveground Art
Supplies and Midoco.

The Fudger House mural project helped the residents to forge a common bond
through a shared artistic experience, and the bright and colourful final result
will be proudly displayed in Fudger's auditorium for many years to come.

Media contact:
Lorraine Siu, Administrator, Fudger House, 416-392-5250



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