AGEWELL Chataqua Project (Metro Vancouver)

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The AGEWELL Chataqua Project was a partnership between Arts Health BC and Judith Marcuse Projects. It is part of the ASC! research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

BACKGROUND to the Agewell Chataqua Project – We live in a society that equates aging with decline and loss, even obsolescence. We are constantly reminded to fight the process, to rise up against it, and favor the next big “anti-aging” product.

AGEWELL questions the current aging paradigm, attempting to understand and tease apart conventions and assumptions from lived realities and experiences. With this understanding, we will use arts-based facilitation to support cross-sector dialogue and collaboration to help improve seniors’ wellbeing.

OVERVIEW – AGEWELL consisted of two phases. In the first phase, we invited people to creatively express what aging means to them and how that meaning is shaped and influenced by our environment and society. These artistic expressions, paintings, videos, poetry, photographs and more, were exhibited at PAL Studio Theatre in Vancouver and will inform a further dialogue process that explores our diverse perceptions about aging. The exhibition also included art-making workshops. A report is being created that will highlight the key themes that emerged from both the artwork and the dialogues. We would like to thank the City of Vancouver for providing funding for the exhibition.

View the AGEWELL ART Exhibition Booklet! It contains images of the amazing artwork and includes artists' comments on their work.

In the second phase, our goal was to imaginatively nurture understanding and collaboration across professional silos and to contribute to the creation of innovative and concrete solutions to complex issues that affect the lives of our elders.


Location: PAL Vancouver Studio Theatre,
581 Cardero Street,
Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3 Map:

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 29, 2014 6 pm to 9 pm

Art Exhibition Hours: 11 am to 7 pm, from Friday, May 30 to Saturday, June 7, 2014 (CLOSED June 2)

Workshops and Dialogues During Exhibition

Saturday, May 31
11 am to 12:30 pm: Theatre/movement workshop with Judith Marcuse
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm: Story telling with Claire Robson
2:30 to 4pm: Public Chataqua Dialogue on aging and seniors' well being in our communities

Sunday, June 1
11 am to 12:30 pm: Puppetry with Maggie Winston
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm: Music with Rup Sidhu
2:30 to 4pm: Public Chataqua Dialogue on aging and seniors' well being in our communities

Grand Finale, Sunday, June 8, 2014: Art for Social Change Movement Workshop/Chataqua Dialogue with Judith Marcuse, 1:30 to 3 pm