Arts & Ages: Final Phase 2021

In April 2021, Arts & Ages partners came together for the final phase of the programme and built upon their previous work together

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In Phase 3 of Arts & Ages, we aimed for partners to confidently lead on an intergenerational activity or event, with some support from Magic Me. 

In March 2020, partner plans were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From April-July 2020 we ran The View From Here as a remote project for all partners to take part in. In April 2021 individual partnerships came back together for the final stages of the programme.

Between April – July 2021, partners built upon their previous work together, consolidated learning and planned for the future. Magic Me supported partners to outline their joint aims and objectives and understand the benefits of intergenerational projects for their particular groups of older and younger people. 

Through a series of online meetings and workshops with Magic Me staff and artists Mia Harris and Freya Wynn-Jones, partners continued their learning of intergenerational practice. Workshops included:

  • Introducing intergenerational work to older and younger groups
  • Designing activities that embed intergenerational principles
  • Building meaningful connections between older and younger people
  • Practicalities of intergenerational work
  • Exploring specific art forms
Supporting future work…

During the final phase of the programme, Magic Me worked with artist Freya Wynn-Jones to create two Arts & Ages resources to support partners as they continued to work independently of Magic Me. Read the full resources below.

An Introduction to Arts & Agesthis resource provides an overview of the Arts & Ages programme, including aims and benefits. It can be used by partners to introduce new staff members to the project and give context to their partnership.

Arts & Ages: a guide to intergenerational work– this resource offers guidance on how to plan, develop and deliver intergenerational arts projects. It is designed to assist partners who might be at different stages in their journey and therefore covers a range of themes related to intergenerational practice such as project planning, roles in the room, workshop practicalities, example introductory activities and how to introduce different art forms.

Featured image by Samia Meah