The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with funding from the National Lottery and Department for Communities, is working across government to help improve mental health and wellbeing through the arts.
Public libraries across the country can now apply for grants to roll out brain-stimulating activities for seniors with movement and social interaction in focus as part of the project "Keep the Brain Healthy".
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D. announced the launch of a new partnership between the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and Creative Ireland. The partnership is focused on expanding arts programming for older people as we deal with the impact of cocooning and social distancing measures in this challenging time for older communities.
A total of 194 projects across the country have received a total of DKK 19.4 million to carry out cultural, sports and association activities that can prevent loneliness among vulnerable and elderly Danes and promote better well-being.
The arts can bring cheer to seniors, a group especially vulnerable to Covid-19, when they may feel isolated at home. From the Silver Arts fest going digital to a near-centenarian putting up his first virtual show, Life takes a look at how seniors are appreciating and creating art in a time of the pandemic.
The well-loved annual Silver Arts returns for its 9th edition, and will be presenting its full programming online for the very first time to ensure the safety and well-being of our seniors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.