The Second Annual Silver Screens Arts Festival kicks off Seniors' Month



    
    Festival celebrates Toronto's vibrant fifty-plus community through film,
    workshops, guest speakers, theatre and creative works.
    

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of
Continuing Education's Programs for 50+ in partnership with the LIFE Institute
will celebrate Toronto's fifty-plus community this Seniors' Month (June) with
the second annual Silver Screens Arts Festival. Running from June 1-7, the
festival will inspire older adults to explore creativity in all forms such as
film, workshops, guest speakers, as well as theatre and creative works that
demonstrate the theme of creativity in aging.
    "Toronto has a vibrant community of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s
and even 90s who are constantly exploring creativity and their creative
potential," says Lynda Del Grande, a local Toronto senior who will be
performing at the festival. "If there is one thing I hope participants get out
of the festival, it's that it's ok to push your comfort zone - this is where
true creativity comes from."
    The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture and Minister
Responsible for Seniors will kick off the festival on June 1 with the official
launching of Seniors' month. This will be followed by a key note address from
Dr. Gene Cohen First Director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at
George Washington University and author of The Creative Age: Awakening Human
Potential in the Second Half of Life. Dr. Cohen will discuss his
ground-breaking research that proves engagement in social and arts programming
can have significant positive effects on overall health for older adults.
    "In a single generation, the view of life after fifty has changed
dramatically," says Sandra Kerr, program director for the programs for 50+,
The Chang School. "Many older adults seek to contribute to the community in a
more significant way than the generations before them, and often this
contribution comes through engagement in arts programming."
    "As Dr. Cohen notes in his research, continuing to engage in arts and
social programming has a dramatic effect on overall health," says Julia E.
Hanigsberg, Interim Dean, The Chang School. "Our programs for 50+ allow
participants to explore the arts, current events and the world around them."
    The festival will take place in various locations in Toronto. Full
festival details an pricing can be found at www.silverscreens.ca.

    
    Highlights include:

    June 1:
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    11:30AM  Kick off to Seniors Month - Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture
             and Minister Responsible for Seniors.
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    1:30PM   Aging and The Creative Brain - discussion with Dr. Gene Cohen.
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    7:00PM   Performance of I'm Still Here, a research-based drama on living
             with dementia.
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    June 2:
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    10:00AM  The Creative Impulse Within - workshop led by Dorothy Gardner.
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    1:00 PM  Exercise Your Brain - workshop lead by George Swede using words
             and poetry to keep the mind active.
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    2:00 PM  Coming Together - a rough-cut video screening and photo exhibit
             involving seniors and youth from the Regent Park Neighbourhood.
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    7:00 PM  A Woman's Take (1991) - a special screening of the
             life-affirming film from well-known Australian director
             Paul Cox.
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    June 3:
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    10:00AM  So, now what do you want to do? - a conversation with Phyllis
             Yaffe as discusses her career from Winnipeg librarian to CEO of
             a major communications company
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    7:00 PM  No big deal? - a research-based drama that tackles the issues
             facing men with prostate cancer and their wives.
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    June 4:
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    1:00 PM  An afternoon with foreign film - join Kevin Courrier's spring
             film series, for an afternoon designed to highlight creativity
             in aging.
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    2:00 PM  Acting out of the box! - short one act plays including original
             works written and performed by local seniors.
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    June 5:
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    2:00 PM  Reflections on creativity in aging - what's a clown got to do
             with it? Lynda Del Grande will reflect on her unusual journey in
             retirement from professional teacher to caring clown.
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    Silver Screens Film Fest: June 5 - 7
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    Various  The longest running portion of the festival, 5 films will be
             screened that challenge our perceptions of aging and creativity.
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    About Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
    Education
    
    With more than 67,000 enrollments annually, The G. Raymond Chang School
of Continuing Education (www.ryerson.ca/ce) is Canada's leading provider of
university-based adult education.
    Through Programs for 50+, The Chang School offers a variety of programs
that expands opportunities for older adults who are interested in continuing
to learn with their peers.
    The LIFE Institute, an affiliate of The Chang School, is dedicated to
providing lifelong learning programs for adults 50+ who are retired or
preparing for retirement.






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