You don’t have to be a world-class artist to enjoy the pleasure – and health benefits – of engaging your creative side.
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is accepting sign-ups for its introductory art program for older adults looking to try their hand at art activities.
Admission to “Thrive: Introduction to Creativity for Seniors,” a collection of beginner-level courses, is free for participants 50 years or older.
The program is getting off the ground this year thanks, in part, to funding from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors program.
“We are able to introduce seniors to new artistic mediums to spark creativity, learn new skills, create and share memories and form new friendships,” said Rima Boles, director of the Pumphouse.
The program features a variety of mediums including drawing, pottery, fused glass, photography, digital arts and collage.
More information about the program is found at the Pumphouse’s website, niagarapumphouse.ca/programs.
The arts centre is also inviting adults 50 and over to participate as program volunteers.
“We encourage seniors to lend a hand to instructors during the delivery of classes or workshops,” Boles said, adding that the program provides them with the opportunity to socialize and meet new people.