Volunteers sought for social artistry project

MONA is on the hunt for volunteers who can provide their time and skills in support of ‘The Art of Ageing – Part 1: Artists in Facilities Facilitating Arts’, a community-based social artistry project that will run until December.

Led by Tasmanian artist and musician Jane Baker, The Art of Ageing aims to increase the awareness and understanding of the daily issues that elderly people experience, particularly those with dementia.

Volunteers from creative backgrounds are being recruited to engage in the program, which will be staged in participating aged care facilities across Hobart.

“We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in contributing their time and skills to facilitate meaningful activities for the elderly and people with dementia,” Ms Baker said.

“People living in the aged care facility environment are often isolated – they experience a great deal of loss and are disconnected from the broader community.

“We are looking for volunteers who can bring a creative community environment to those who no longer have one.

“This call-out is for artists and musicians, performers with experience in theatre or any form of entertainment, writers and readers of literature and poetry, people who run social and recreational activities, crafts people and public speakers.”

There is no minimum commitment for The Art of Ageing volunteers and the program welcomes all those interested in contributing in any way.

To sign up to be a volunteer for The Art of Ageing, visit www.facebook.com/theartofageingproject.

Caption: Tasmanian artist and musician Jane Baker.