Stories of #GoodChange
Connection Through Creativity
Promoting the wellbeing of diverse communities
An interactive environment to promote engagement
The project required young people from the age of 18-25 to be paired with the elderly. Once a week, over a month, each participant was paired up with a different person from class to work on completing an artwork.
Under the guidance of an art instructor, one participant created one half of the artwork while the person they were partnered with worked on the other. This enabled participants to exchange feedback and ideas, allowing them to open up and connect in an interactive environment.
The art classes also created opportunities for participants to learn from each other by sharing their own perspectives and experiences related to art themes as well as bond through conversation over coffee and tea during the breaks.
Deep conversations were made, breaking down barriers between generations and promoting a sense of community belonging. Strong intergenerational friendships were nurtured and formed as participants explored their creativity.
This project was essential at a time when the pandemic left many socially isolated and struggling with conditions such as depression or other stresses on mental health.
Connecting through creativity in Strathfield
Helping communities find meaning and purpose
To build stronger, much healthier communities
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