Magic Me staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience. As pioneers in the field of intergenerational arts practice we are often invited to share our expertise with professionals and activists in many sectors.
During 2011 our Director, Susan Langford, and Programme Director, Charlotte Woodward, led workshops for older people from the University of the 3rd Age from across Poland. Susan also led the arts component of an intergenerational course at the University of Granada, Spain.
"Susan gave an inspiring speech! It was great to hear about an organisation doing such unique and imaginative work" Attendee, Bolder and Wiser Conference, Audiences London
We have designed and delivered training days and workshops for artists, teachers, community development workers, activities organisers and others from Glasgow to Dorset, Suffolk to Swansea.
Magic Me staff and senior artists can provide training to suit your organisation's needs – whether you are just getting started on intergenerational arts, or have many years of experience but would relish some fresh ideas.
"A highly stimulating, thought-provoking and useful day. Heartening to feel that our work was on the right track and corroborated, as it were. But also new ideas popped up, other ways of working that could be useful in developing our intergenerational work further." Artist
We can provide a keynote speech, a workshop or an exercise for the whole conference, to get people thinking in a new way. Key staff have contributed to events for intergenerational specialists, occupational therapists and professionals in housing and care for older people amongst others.
"Inspirational ideas, made you think”
Attendee, Bloom conference, run by Lemos and Crane
“Loved the ice-breaker, very keen as I am doing intergenerational work myself” Attendee, Bloom conference, run by Lemos and Crane
Magic Me also accepts commissions - to design and deliver a complete project, or provide expertise alongside your existing team. For example:
For the London Borough of Lambeth, Magic Me ran an intergenerational arts project at Myatt’s Fields Park, part of an extensive regeneration programme. Local school pupils and residents aged 50+ explored the changing face and use of the park since 1948. Using photography, visual arts and poetry they created beautiful banners to decorate the bandstand.
The City of London Safer City Partnership commissioned Magic Me to design and run activities to bring together young and older people living in the Golden Lanes Estate area. The aim was to ease reported tensions between generations in an area with limited outdoor play space.
In Ireland, Magic Me teamed up with Sligo Arts and local artists, commissioned by the Bealtaine Festival. The project deliberately encouraged community building between older Irish people and younger generations from new migrant communities. The project piloted a model of distance coaching and support applicable to many situations and settings.