Street Art Seniors of Stouffville
SASS participants with their street art mural at 6240 Main Street, Stouffville
What happens when you bring 15 seniors from your community together with 2 art facilitators from Europe and introduce them to 25 cans of spray paint? Pure creative joy!
On Friday, September 25 Lara Seixo Rodrigues and Duarte Cavalinhos landed in Toronto from Lisbon, Portugal to assist Latcham Art Centre in a program called Street Art Seniors of Stouffville (SASS), based on their award-winning LATA 65 program. With funding from the Canadian Government (The New Horizons for Seniors Program-NHSP) and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund, Lara and Duarte led 15 unique and fearless seniors from Stouffville, Ontario in two full days of workshops where they learned about the origins of street art, were introduced to the work of a variety of prominent street artists and explored the technique of stencil cutting. From the time the knives hit the hands of the SASS group, there was no stopping them!
On the third and final day of the program, this energetic group engaged in creating a vibrant street mural celebrating what they had experienced together and showcasing each participants uniqueness with their individual “tags.” The excitement and joy of connecting and art making radiated from the group, warming an otherwise chilly fall day!
There were so many people responsible for the success of this project, and the Latcham Art Centre team would like to extend a BIG thank you to all those involved including Lara and Duarte, our participants, our youth volunteers, the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund, The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Paradox Pictures, Schell Lumber Home Building Centre, Mayor Lovatt and Council, Nora Jones and Joao Carrolo. We would also like to acknowledge the Young Canada Works program for committing to fund a staff resource for this event.
Participants: Fanny Andersen, Susan Callon, Kathy Clark, Henrietta Ferreira, Krys Gold, Charlie Hawkins, Arlene Heywood, Jasmine the dog, Glyde Maclennan, Lorraine Majcen, Barbara McKenzie, Ruta Pocauskas, Hilary Price, Geddis Ruttan, Shamsi Shahrokhi, Lynda Warne
Youth Volunteers: Karena Alrabai, Kyle Cheng, Erika Chiang, Tonia Hong, Sakura Huang, Kaitlin Huynh, Jean Li, Lindsey Li, Steffi Wang, Anna Wei, Fred Xu, Emily Ye
Events – In Memory of Catherine Anne Courtney
Latcham Art Centre is proud to partner with the family of Catherine Anne Courtney to celebrate art and creativity with this exciting, inclusive program. It is an opportunity to learn, get creative and connect with art through hands-on art activities, art education, opening receptions, artist talks and demonstrations, tours, performances, and more!
Catherine Anne Courtney (1944-2017) was a devoted lover of art, nature and poetry. Catherine liked to create paintings of nature when she had the opportunity. She was also a collector of rocks, stones, oak and red maple leaves from wherever she travelled. She often visited the gallery and loved to engage in conversation with anyone about the artists and the subject of the artworks. Latcham Art Centre is pleased to recognize Catherine Anne Courtney and the support of her family.
Every year, Latcham Art Centre holds a juried show and sale of handcrafted work by artisans from across Ontario and draws customers from all over the GTA. Beyond Craft takes place annually at 19 on the Park, also known as the Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment, in the centre of historic downtown Stouffville.
The Beyond Craft jury is currently looking for unique, handcrafted works in clay, glass, fabric, metal, wood, and more.
Beyond Craft 2022. Image courtesy of Dennis Hristovski.
Latcham Saturdays “virtual edition”
Latcham Saturdays “virtual edition” has concluded. To explore the program’s projects, visit the links below for video instruction, activity sheets and more. We would LOVE to share your work, so please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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