Art is powerful medicine for the 80 seniors taking part in the Arts, Health and Seniors Project in Vancouver and North Vancouver, B.C.
For 3 years, they worked directly with professional artists of the AHS Collective, creating visual art, writing, puppetry, performance, theatre and video art. Many of the seniors are marginalized by language, low income, frailty and sexual orientation. Through their artistic explorations, they were able to reconnect with their community and discover talents buried within themselves.
The project culminated in an exhibition and performance in June 2009, but plans are underway with community health partners to renew the “prescription.”