It was a pleasure to be presenting at this pacific rim webinar. You can watch the recording of this joyful event here:
These are the latest updates from Voice Arts. You can filter our posts by tag to find posts on the topics you’re interested in:
Living Creatively with Dementia
In partnership with Dementia Wellington and the YODAT Trust we are researching the benefits of play and performance for those living with dementia. The evidence in so far indicates the experience is cognitively developmental!
Spotlight on Social Drama
Thanks to the fabulous team at Arts Access Aotearoa for casting the spotlight on our free Social Drama for Seniors programme.
Our latest short film is ready to be seen and on Tuesday 30th November we are hosting an online webinar to premiere the film, hear from the actors and the director. “The Echo Made Me Smile” captures a collection of devised performances from a 25 strong cast of elders exploring the theme of Belonging.
We were online with the Alzheimers NZ Conference playing with delegates and showcasing our approach to supporting and developing those living with dementia. We have training available for caregivers who would like to learn how to bring more joy, more relationally and more curiosity to their work. Contact us!
Expanding our work with Seniors
We’ve been awarded funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to expand our free social drama for seniors programme of weekly classes. The funding is for three years and will support us to move into five new communities. Watch this space for details of where.
Celebrating intergenerational creativity. We partnered drama students from Wellington East Girls College with older women, many former students of the school. The relationships inspired a devised theatre performance exploring cultural identity across the generations. For more images check out our Facebook page.
COVID lockdowns both here in New Zealand and over the Tasman in Australia have seen us taking our work back online with weekly classes for seniors in Retirement Villages. It’s a much needed opportunity to socially connect, to laugh and to development within the safe confines of home.
Partnering with ChangeMakers
In partnership with ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum we are delivering a weekly creative wellbeing class for a new social group of women from Afghanistan. Opportunities to play, to laugh and experience joy have been truly welcomed by this fabulous group of women.
New Class in Newtown
We now have four social drama classes running weekly in the Wellington region. Our newest class happens every Thursday morning in Newtown. Check out our Facebook page for details: