The first Amana Living Spring Arts Festival launches this year, in partnership with the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. This exciting program will provide opportunities for all 2,500 Amana Living residents and clients to get involved. Enrichment Manager Emily Scarff explains why the festival is such an important innovation.
We’re very excited to be a Community Partner with the Black Swan Prize this year. Their support has enabled us to expand our existing art program to all our residents and home care clients, with opportunities for new artistic experiences. The Amana Living Spring Arts Festival will focus on visual arts this year, but we are already looking to expand the festival to incorporate our music program and some dance activities next year.
As far as we know, this is the first time an organisation-wide festival has been offered on this scale within aged care, which makes it a key event not only for Amana Living but for Australia!
Art is important for older people because it brings a freedom of expression and meaningful engagement for those who may be isolated by loss of mobility or challenged by cognitive decline. Importantly, it can help them to communicate and connect, and to find new ways to tell the stories we should all hear.
All the festival experiences we offer our residents and clients will be tailored to ensure they are meaningful and enriching for each individual. We will also incorporate Project Picasso into the festival – our annual art program for specifically for people living with dementia.
Activities include screen-printing and portraiture artist workshops and guided tours of the Black Swan Prize Exhibition. There will be a concurrent public exhibition of selected artworks by our residents and clients at the Perth Cultural Centre, which we hope will increase awareness of the ability of older people to continue to create and contribute.
In addition to our Community Partnership, we are proud to be sponsoring the Black Swan People’s Choice Award, which aligns with our commitment to helping people stay connected with the wider community.
The exhibitions run from 8–31 October. Black Swan Portraiture Prizes will be announced on 14 October, and Amana Living will award the People’s Choice Prize on 26 October. Finalists can be viewed at this link: Portraiture Prize Finalists 2016