Today, H’art Centre announced that it will expand a popular summer pilot project for seniors into a new arts program called A Day Away thanks to a grant provided by the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Community Grant Program.
What started as a short summer music experience has now evolved into A Day Away, four six-week arts programs for free to seniors living in Kingston. Each six-week session will focus on a new artistic medium and be led by a different local artist or artist educators.
“Many of Kingston’s seniors could really use a day away from their residences, routines, or responsibilities,” said Katherine Porter, H’art’s Executive Director. “We are excited to give people a free opportunity to introduce more fun, friendship, and healthy living into their lives.”
“Seniors still have the desire to be active and to participate in their communities, but many do not know how to get involved,” said Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs. “Our government is committed to sustaining healthy, active and engaged older adults and we know supporting more projects like this one, through the Seniors Community Grant program means we will be helping more seniors live their best life.”
The first six-week session will be a hands-on musical instrument workshop, running every Friday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. from September 18 until October 23. If you are 55 or older, you can come to THE BOX inclusive arts space on Wellington Street to jam with musician Winston Vinh and guest artists. You can bring or borrow an instrument. You will get some tips and learn the basics of reading music. No experience is necessary. Join at any time.
Please contact the office to register.
About Seniors Community Grant Program
Created by the Government of Ontario, the Seniors Community Grant Program is the first grant program in Ontario dedicated solely to seniors. It was introduced to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities by providing funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement.