Media Advisory - Photo Opportunity: Toronto Homes for the Aged provides canvas for inspiration|
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You are never too old to learn and that is what seniors living in Toronto Homes
for the Aged have discovered after participating in an art program at Fudger
House. On Thursday, residents will showcase their creations from this program
and will present six units in the home with clocks they made. Many of the
residents had never painted before the program and were amazed at their own
abilities. The project, funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Fudger House
General Donations Account, helped seniors discover hidden creative talents and
stimulate new interests.
Date: Thursday, February 24
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Fudger House Auditorium, lower floor
439 Sherbourne St.
About 55 residents at the home participated in this six-month project, which
began in July 2004, making it one of the most popular programs ever. The
residents created bird sculptures, clocks, murals and drawings that were used
to produce a birthday calendar.
The main goal of the program was to help residents freely express themselves
and improve their quality of life. "A remarkable thing happens when you ignite
the creative juices in a person. They begin to care and experience a real sense
of accomplishment," said Lorraine Siu, Home Administrator. The residents became
excited about their weekly art program and most of the participants did not
need a reminder - they were waiting patiently when staff arrived to bring them
to the program.
The art program also helped foster a sense of community at the home since many
of the pieces were collaborations. One Chinese participant remarked, "although
I cannot speak the language well, I feel connected. My bird is one of the many
birds sitting on that branch." Even the residents who did not participate in
the program are benefiting since much of the artwork has been displayed
throughout the home for all to enjoy.
Cheryl San Juan
Promotions and Communication Officer
Community and Neighbourhood Services