Seniors Art Circuit

Lakeshore Arts and the Toronto Public Library are partnering on a new workshops series to engage seniors (ages 55+) in creative play in our local libraries. This program will be developed based on feedback from local seniors and delivered in three local libraries: Albion Library, Richview Library and Eatonville Library. Professional arts facilitators will create programs based on themes identified through a series of community consultations. The facilitator will be paired with a local senior artist and/or one of the SAGES, a member of our senior advisory group, to assist with the program schedule and delivery.

Seniors Art Circuit culminating projects will be showcased at the Seniors Art Circuit Creative Fair in each of the three neighbourhoods. The fair will include information and access to local arts groups and organizations, to enlighten local seniors on where else in the community they can find free or highly subsidized creative workshops to further develop their newly learned skills and access outlets for creative expression.

Seniors Art Circuit Workshop Series

Each of the 3 libraries will host a weekly workshop for 17 weeks. Every 6 weeks there will be a focus on a different discipline (i.e. photography, creative writing etc) based on consultation sessions. The workshops will rotate from one library to the other so that each workshop is delivered three times a week to create the “Art Circuit”. 

The workshops will run from the second week of August until the second week of December. Running every week see branch dates and times below. * 

Third Art Circuit: Zine Making

October 25th, 2019 to December 9th, 2019

Zine making is a mixture of visual arts and literary work. This workshop series will give you an outlet for your imagination and creativity through possible drawing, painting, photography and printmaking workshops. As well as, creative writing, poetry and much more! 

Albion Branch – Toronto Public Library
Thursdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
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Richview Branch – Toronto Public Library
Fridays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
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Eatonville Branch – Toronto Public Library
Mondays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
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*Dates and times are subject to change and/or additional workshops will be added. 

Past Events

Second Art Circuit: Creative Play

September 19th to October 24th, 2019

We are taking creative play to a whole new level. This workshop series will get you off your feet and engage in play. Listen to your favourite music and sing along, take part in simple movement and dance activities, try your hand at miming and play group games.

Albion Branch – Toronto Public Library
Thursdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
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Richview Branch – Toronto Public Library
Fridays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
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Eatonville Branch – Toronto Public Library
Mondays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
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*Dates and times are subject to change and/or additional workshops will be added. 

First Art Circuit: Watercolours

August 8th to September 16th, 2019

Seniors will express their creativity through the beauty of watercolours! Facilitated by Momin Khan, a fellow senior and experienced artist.

Albion Branch – Toronto Public Library
Thursdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
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Richview Branch – Toronto Public Library
Fridays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
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Eatonville Branch – Toronto Public Library
Mondays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm
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*Dates and times are subject to change and/or additional workshops will be added. 

Watercolour workshop at Albion Library. Photo was taken by Amanda Micelli 

Seniors Art Circuit Consultations 

We will be hosting a select number of consultation sessions to ask local seniors a variety of questions to learn more about what art forms would you like to explore, are there any skills you’re interested in learning and what types of barriers do you face in attending community programs in Toronto. 

Seniors at Edwards Manor (2018)

Community Consultations

Richview Branch – Toronto Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 16th 
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: 1806 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3N3

Eatonville Branch – Toronto Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 18th 
Time: 10:30-12:00 pm
Location: 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9B 2B1

Albion Branch – Toronto Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 18th 
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: 1515 Albion Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9V 1B2

Consultations details 

All sessions will provide light snacks, senior TTC tickets and those who provide feedback will receive a $5 Tim Horton’s gift card. For more information please contact the Program Coordinator Amanda Micelli at seniors@lakeshorearts.ca or call 416-201-7093.

*Limit of one gift card per person for all sessions. Attending multiple consultation sessions will not result in additional gift cards

Photo Credit: Henry Chan from PVD Mimico 2019

Seniors Art Circuit Creative Fair

End of program showcase

Each library location will host a celebration featuring the work of all Seniors Art Circuit Participants!

Albion Branch – Toronto Public Library
Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Richview Branch – Toronto Public Library
Date: Friday,  December 13th, 2019

Eatonville Branch – Toronto Public Library
Date: Monday, December 16th, 2019

Stay tuned for more information about the workshop series and the Seniors Creative Fair!


Partners and Sponsors

The Seniors Art Circuit project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and in partnership with the Toronto Public Library.

This project is funded by the government of Canada

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