GEKA have partnered with the Glen Eira Council Senior Citizen’s group, to celebrate ageing. The aim of the ‘Tea Cosy’ Project, has been to engage individuals, families and communities in addressing ageism through arts based approaches. Tea (T.E.A) is an acronym for Transforming the Experience of Ageing, and the symbol for the project. Tea also adds warmth and insulates the body, another relevant message associated with the project. Through this community project, important messages of warmth, love and respect will be shared with Elders, as well as insulating everyone against the caustic effects of ageism.
As with last year’s participation in the Art show with the Rotary Club of Caulfield, it’s another great opportunity for GEKA to be involved in a community event, helping the wider world to see children as we do – as capable, competent and active contributors to our world.
The work produced by the children from GEKA, has showcased the creativity and innovation from our young children, particularly as we chose to move away from the pre-printed image supplied to community groups and opted to empower children to generate their own representations of a tea pot. This resulted in a diverse range of art work, both two and three dimensional depictions.
Completed works are on display for the general public, throughout October, in the foyer of the Carnegie Library. We are excited to be a part of the project with other community groups and are proud of the contributions our children have made with and for a significant elder in their life. Children from GEKA services are planning to visit the display as part of the educational program.
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