The University of Toronto C150 Student Fund – Wisdom Photo Project
The University of Toronto’s Institute for Life Course and Aging in partnership with the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) has developed the Wisdom Project to combat ageism. The Canada 150 Student Fund @UofT has generously provided funding for this Canada 150 initiative.
Aging in Canada has seen many successes, and a major milestone was achieved in 2015: older adults for the first time in the history of our nation outnumber their younger counterparts. This historic event demonstrates the positive impacts of growing older in Canada, and the success of the systems in place to support the elderly. The Wisdom photo project and exhibition will highlight Canada’s momentum over the last 150 years and its bright future in aging.
The Wisdom photo project and exhibition will highlight Canada’s momentum over the last 150 years and its bright future in aging through a display of pictures of older persons from across Canada and their perspectives on what it means to age positively. The aim of this endeavor is to explore various discourses around aging and to engage generations with the older population, to highlight the positives of aging while combating ageism, which continues to be a significant issue in our society.
The photos, as part of this project, will be:
• Displayed at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work “Art Wall” coinciding with Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1st, 2017 and as part of the “Talking Wall’ at the University of Toronto’s Hart House throughout Fall 2017;
• Used as digitized images available through The Wisdom Project website; and
• Used as teaching tools and a knowledge base for workshops and arts-based resources to promote the use of images in communicating the experiences of aging among diverse older Canadians.
We are looking for English speaking Canadian residents aged 55+ who may be interested in being a part of this project.