Topic 1 Creative arts as a mean promoting intergenerational learning experiences

  • Through art one can creatively and imaginatively express their lived experience. Ideas, feelings, insights are thoroughly communicated through colours, photos, movements, words and sounds.
  • Creative arts benefit :
    • Individuals, by enhancing physical fitness, emotional resilience, mental health and confidence. Creativity, that is emerged through creative arts, boosts curiosity and intellectual excitement, two necessary conditions for learning.
    • But also groups: At the collective level, creativity through creative arts helps to promote social engagement, community identity and cohesion, stimulates social growth and supports the good functioning of democratic societies (Lucas et al. 2020).
  • However, only few programs, promoting creative arts as a mean of intergenerational learning, have already been developed, and their necessity should be shifted toward adult educators who will apply those methodologies in the field.

This video captures a 3-month project between residents at Extendicare Lakefield and families from the home-schooling community, which promoted intergenerational creation, learning and playing, through puppetry.

LATA 65 is an initiative developed by WOOL – Covilhã Urban Art in partnership with Cowork Lisboa. When local artists realized how easily urban arts reached elder residents in local performance areas decided to involve them in cooperation activities, most unusual for them. Since then, LATA 65 has been growing and reaches groups of older people in different cities and countries.