Toronto's 50-plus crowd takes centre stage during week-long celebration
of music, films, lectures and theatre.
TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Running June 1 - 8, 2011, The Silver
Screens Arts Festival is a week-long celebration of opportunity,
artistic expression and learning that celebrates and showcases the
creativity of adults 50-plus. Hosted by Ryerson University's G. Raymond
Chang School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the LIFE
Institute, the festival will kick-off its fourth year running with a
dynamic week of events including film screenings, live performances and
Just in time for Seniors' Month (June), the festival will shed light on
the creative accomplishments of adults age 50-plus, dispelling the
common stereotypes associated with aging.
"The Silver Screens Arts Festival is about growth and engagement - not aging," explains Sandra Kerr, Program Director, Programs for 50-plus,
The Chang School. "Life after 50 is exciting, whether it is a change of
career, discovering a new passion, or going back to school- the
opportunities are limitless."
The Silver Screen Arts Festival offers something for everyone who is
interested in creativity and learning. Lectures by some of Canada's
most engaging thought leaders including Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief
Economist of RBC; Dr. Fred Mandell, business leader and catalyst for
change; and Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice President of Research and Innovation
at Ryerson University will shed light on new and emerging ideas. During
the film portion, each screening will include a Q&A with a guest
reflector and commentary from film critic and Chang School instructor,
A recurring topic of the festival looks at later-in-life learning. For
many older adults, a moment in life comes when they realize that their
routine has lost its meaning. Adults in the 50-plus range are
discovering new passions and are heading back to the classroom in large
"At the Chang School, we've seen a steady increase in enrollment from
older adults," says Dr. Gervan Fearon, Dean, The Chang School. "The
Silver Screens Arts Festival is a true reflection of the vibrant
community of older adults that contribute to the Ryerson community."
For a full listing of programming and ticket information visit: www.silverscreens.ca. Festival highlights include:
Opening day - A street party including performers, local artists, live
music and food - all created and presented by Toronto's 50-plus
Official opening - Opening notes from Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson
University who will talk about Ryerson's vision as a city-builder
following with a key note address from the Honourable David Crombie who
will talk about The Toronto Project, an initiative that is about
redefining the city.
Theatre out of the box - a collection of plays written, performed and directed by Act II
Studio members, a theatre company for older adults.
Economic outlook for Canada - a presentation on the 'Increasing impact of global developments" led
by Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist, RBC.
Making a difference - Adina Lebo, Shirley Lewis and Rocco Rossi will talk about how changes
they made in their lives have impacted others.
Silver Screens Film Fest: June 3 - 5
Seven films will be shown that portray different stages of life.
Demystifying technology - from Facebook to YouTube, to BlackBerrys - Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice
President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University will discuss
social media as a tool for the 50-plus community.
Navigating the second half of life with vitality, creativity and meaning
- lecture led by Dr. Fred Mandell, a retired business leader and catalyst
for personal change.
Interesting life journeys - join famed broadcaster, television host, and journalist Valerie
Pringle as she discusses her life's journey.
The Forest and the Child: A Route to End Climate Change - world-renowned scientist, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger will talk about the
importance of trees, how they impact our daily lives and steps that can
be taken to protect them.
A prescription for change in Ontario's public education system - Anne Kidder, Executive Director , People for Education reflects on
education policies in Ontario.
Screening of Invisible City, a Canadian film about the inner city housing project of Toronto's Regent
Park. A discussion will include Jason Creed and Ainsworth Morgan, who were
featured in the documentary.
About Ryerson University's The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education (www.ryerson.ca/ce) at Ryerson University is Canada's leading provider of university-based
adult education. Programs for 50+ is The Chang School 'centre for
adults in the 'third age' of life. At Programs for 50+, those 50 years
and older can access academic tools and opportunities for personal
enrichment, self actualization, and engagement in society with their
peers and as part of an intergenerational campus dynamic through The
The LIFE Institute, an affiliate of The Chang School, is dedicated to
providing lifelong learning in the liberal arts for adults 50+ who are
retired or preparing for retirement.
SOURCE Ryerson University's The Chang School
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