The Imagination Network

Experience a new way to view aging and dementia.

We are a dynamic group of artists, healthcare professionals, academics and advocates engaging in creative projects with older adults aiming to change the way we view and experience aging in our community.

The Imagination Network was founded on the belief that—no matter our age—we can continue to contribute to our community.  As we adapt to the conditions of aging, to cognitive, social or physical challenges, our communities need to adapt with us.  The Imagination Network amplifies the voices of older citizens through cultural creation, public engagement, academic research and civic discourse to foster meaningful connections across sectors and transform how our society responds to aging, older age and dementia.

Shadow Puppet Show
Creating together
presenting at

Dementia Lab

The Imagination Network – Raising the Curtain hosted the opening for Dementia Lab 2021! The Dementia Lab conference focuses on how design can “uncover, support & enhance the abilities of people with dementia”. Raising the Curtain opened the conference with a one-of-a-kind montage of performance, spoken word, dialogue, song, puppetry and more. Our team will also presented two workshops.  The Dementia Lab conference was hosted virtually this year by the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University of Art and Design with talks, workshops, performances online from January 18 – 28th, 2021.

a research project

Raising The Curtain

exploring the lived experience of dementia

Raising the Curtain is a ground-breaking multi-year research project that blends Community Engaged Arts Practice with Community Based Participatory Research: part arts – part healthcare – part research and education. Over the past three years we have been hosting creative workshops using a range of artistic mediums, exploring questions on the lived experience of dementia from the perspective of those living it, producing art work, music, poetry and performances, gathering rich research data, and sharing this work with the wider community.

Theatre Sports