Started in 2018, #MonsterArts for Seniors provides the elderly with stimulating, professionally-led arts workshops in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and more to reduce feelings of isolation.
Seniors enjoy South Asian culture through workshops in Bollywood dance, Hindi and Tamil music, poetry, painting, and so on. This program fills gaps in cultural and language-specific services for seniors in the community. Seniors reconnect with their peers through free, interactive workshops led by experienced artists.
The workshops are available virtually and in-person at no cost to the seniors. Workshops are adapted for participants facing physical and mental frailties.
Request a workshop for seniors at MonsterArts.ca/seniors
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Born in 2011, MonstrARTity is an award-winning, Mississauga-based, incorporated not-for-profit arts organization, amplifying South Asian arts for tens of thousands of people in diverse communities via festivals, interactive workshops for youth & seniors, artist mentorship and youth employment programs. Started in 2011, #BollywoodMonster Mashup is the largest South Asian festival in Canada. In 2019, it was rated the #1 festival at Celebration Square by the City of Mississauga and also won the MARTY award for the Festival of the Year. Started in 2013, #MonsterArts for Youth (MAY) provides children of all backgrounds hands-on workshops in Bollywood and bhangra dance, Hindi music, ghazal writing, mandala-making, filmmaking and more, led by professional artists, to break cultural silos and fill gaps in the culturally relevant curriculum. Started in 2018, #MonsterArts for Seniors provides the elderly with stimulating, professionally-led arts workshops in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and more to reduce feelings of isolation. Started in 2020, #MonsterArts for Survivors provides diverse women in shelters with professionally-led South Asian art workshops as a vehicle for self-expression and building supportive networks. Started in 2017, #MonsterArtist Development (MAD) provides diverse artists with entrepreneurship and social media mentorship via its collective members.
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>> Senior 1: I was kind of,
you know, get up, get up!
Everybody get up.
>> Senior 2: I love it.
>> Senior 3: I am very happy.
>> Senior 4: Everything was favorite. [Laughter]
>> Senior 5: I like it very much.
>> Gurpreet: Indus Community
Services, in partnership
we are so pleased to be working together
with the support of the
Ontario Trillium Foundation
and the Community Foundation of Mississauga
to be able to bring
brand new arts programs with enormous
talent to our seniors wellness groups.
>> Vikas: We are providing
professional South Asian artists
to give workshops
to the seniors in our community
in music, dance, poetry and all
the other art forms as well.
>> Anne Marie: This is such a dynamic program.
One of the objectives is to
ensure that people have an outlet
or a place to go, to be with others,
to ease the sense perhaps of isolation
if there is one.
>> Senior 1: The seniors feel
isolated at home
and they need to come out and socialize.
>> Senior 4: At home if I am alone by myself
I am very reluctant to really do exercises
I love doing it along with everybody else.
>> Senior 1: We encourage each
other and motivate each other
to remain healthy and stay strong.
>> Senior 6: We are all seniors so
it’s better that we get together
we have a nice time instead
of staying at home alone.
>> Gurpreet: Well we have done research
with the Sheridan Center for elder research
and that came back
very clearly that individuals
that are not kept activated
end up developing a higher
incidence of depression,
a higher incidence of isolation,
that they’re not looking for,
which leads to loneliness.
>> Woman: My mom comes here.
She gets to meet people,
she get to take part in activities that they have during the day
instead of being home by herself.
Whenever she comes out of the house
for workshops like this, when she go home she’s a different person.
She speaks more.
Everything changes because it’s it’s a different
feelings coming out of the house,
doing something outside and then coming back.
>> Pushpinder: These workshops should happen more often
because this is what people want.
>> Sheniz: Just being given
the opportunity to share
and to have an opportunity to tap into those parts of their lives or
their histories in itself is healing.
>> Senior 7: And now I’m eager
to learn more about poetry.
>> Senior 8: I’m taking these
two, I will try to do in my yard.
>> Senior 4: Everybody thought it
was a very successful workshop.
>> Senior 1: You forget your
problems at home
you become more nurtured with each other’s energy
and I find that these programs are very
useful in keeping us
very happy and healthy.
[Speaking in Hindi]
[Speaking in Punjabi]
>> Anna: I mean you heard them say it
that it reminded them of their childhood
and that’s what it is right?
It’s it’s to
bring out that spirit within
within all of us
>> Senior 7: Art is very very important
because what if you love art
then you don’t worry about anything you get into that and you forget it’s day or night.
While we were doing the poetry
we were not thinking about our life,
how it’s going up or down, whatever.
>> Senior 6: We would like to have such programs
very often you know,
as often as possible.
>> Senior 4: All I want is
more of these kind of programs.
>> Woman: These types of programs
to enrich our lives
and go home now we’ll talk about it so
so it gives us something to talk about as well
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