Recent statistics show that residents aged 65 years and over currently make up 15 percent of the Rockhampton Region population, with forecasts indicating a 30.4 percent increase in the population of retirement age by 2026. With the local population aged 65 years and over forecast to increase dramatically in the next few years, Rockhampton Art Gallery embarked on a program that helped to foster stimulation and lifelong learning for seniors through visual arts, engAGEing Through ARTing.
The program, engAGEing Through ARTing, was made possible by a grant of $32,200.00 from Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors via the Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program.
The program aimed to use visual arts to help people of retirement age transition to their post-employment life and continue to be an active member of society. The program aimed to use visual arts to help people of retirement age transition to their post-employment life and continue to be an active member of society. The program aimed to upskill and develop capacity, facilitate exploration of personal creativity, provide public access to visual art and creative expression, build connections and foster social cohesion. These were achieved through offering a variety of engaging talks, tours, workshops, films and excursions!
See the project outcomes here.