Silver Screens Arts Festival proves that age is only a number

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 lectures.

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, Kevin Courrier.

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 numbers.

"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: Festival highlights include:

June 1:

  12:00PM   Opening day - A street party including performers, local artists, live music and food - all created and presented by Toronto's 50-plus community.
2:00PM 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.

June 2:

   1:30PM    Theatre out of the box - a collection of plays written, performed and directed by Act II Studio members, a theatre company for older adults.

June 3:

  10:00AM   Economic outlook for Canada - a presentation on the 'Increasing impact of global developments" led by Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist, RBC.
2:00PM 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

   Various    Seven films will be shown that portray different stages of life.

June 6:

   1:00PM    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.
7:00PM 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.

June 7:

  10:00AM   Interesting life journeys - join famed broadcaster, television host, and journalist Valerie Pringle as she discusses her life's journey.
2:00PM 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.

June 8:

  10:30AM   A prescription for change in Ontario's public education system - Anne Kidder, Executive Director , People for Education reflects on education policies in Ontario.
11:30AM 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 Education
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education ( 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 Chang School.
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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