Older residents of the New England region are invited to attend a special new Creative Ageing Morning Tea at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), which will give them an opportunity to express themselves artistically and enjoy a range of special activities.
The morning’s program will include a practical arts activity with local artist Kerry Gulliver, followed by morning tea and a live music performance by the Wild Women of Armidale, and a free art storeroom tour to discover some of the treasures of The Howard Hinton Collection.
“We are very excited to be launching this new event with the help of our sponsors at Home Nursing Group, as we want to create new ways for all members of our community to get involved with NERAM,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “These programs are a great way for senior members of our community to get together in a welcoming, non-intimidating and creative environment, which encourages them to forge links with each other”.
“There is a growing body of research showing that arts activities are able to enhance the health and wellbeing of older members of our community. Arts and health programs are now found in hospitals, ageing services, aged care facilities and retirement homes that support people to maintain good physical, mental and emotional health”.
The event will be the first of a series of programs which will provide senior members of the local community to explore their creative sides, and enjoy a range of relaxed artistic and cultural activities at NERAM. One of the highlights will be the musical performance by the Wild Women of Armidale – Cathy (Fast Fingers) Welsford and Angie Smith who have performed together for over 20 years and have been joined by the ‘youngsters’ Chris Dennis and Jess Stocker and will be performing a set of musical greats with a difference.
“One of the most important reasons people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, is to maintain vibrant connections with people and activities they love,” said Gorm Kirsch, Managing Director of Home Nursing Group. “Since 1983, NERAM has served the New England region as a place where people come together to enjoy each other and appreciate art”.
“Home Nursing Group’s customers tell us often about the many happy memories they have of events and exhibitions at NERAM. It is a pleasure to see the Museum’s renewed commitment to innovative programming for people of all ages, and Home Nursing Group is proud to sponsor this important community work.”
“As a locally-owned and operated business, we understand that community support is the foundation upon which our success is built, and we are therefore enormously pleased to be able to reciprocate that support through our partnership with NERAM.”
The Creative Ageing Morning Tea will run from 10.00am until 12.30pm on Wednesday 7 June 2107 at NERAM and bookings are essential.
The Wild Women of Armidale – Cathy (Fast Fingers) Welsford, Angie Smith, Chris Dennis and Jess Stocker