#MonsterArts for Seniors offers virtual art workshops to keep South Asian seniors engaged and reduce their feelings of isolation. Run by MonstrARTity, a not-for-profit organization in Mississauga, workshops are in multiple languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and more.
MonstrARTity will also provide special art kits and technical requirements to seniors within the Peel Region on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as the support needed to ensure the program is accessible to seniors and seniors’ groups who request it.
Seniors can enjoy South Asian culture through free online workshops in Bollywood dance, Hindi and Tamil music, poetry, painting, and more. The interactive virtual workshops led by experienced artists also enable senior participants to reconnect with their peers.
The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research says that over one-third of South Asian seniors in Peel feel isolated and are at risk for depression, and there’s a lack of ethnic-specific programs for them to create meaningful connections. Such programs are especially relevant now that seniors have been physically isolated for an extended period due to COVID-19.
If you’re 65+ or affiliated with a seniors’ group in the Greater Toronto Area or if you’d like to enroll your parents or grandparents in the FREE #MonsterArts for Seniors program, please visit: monsterarts.ca/seniors.