SIXTH WORKSHOP SERIES – FALL 2020 & SPRING 2021
With the COVID 19 pandemic ongoing, meeting in-person for our workshops was still not a possibility. That said, equipped with the knowledge and experience we had gained from connecting online during the Spring of 2020, we continued the workshops online, or by phone, with a slightly smaller group of participants and care partners for the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021. Raising the Curtain participants, care partners, artist facilitators and research assistants met virtually in small groups for regular creative engagement sessions, with a few larger social gatherings on Zoom. Our focus for the Fall 2020 sessions was on preparing for our opening presentation for the January 2021 Dementia Lab online conference. We opened the Dementia Lab conference, hosted by the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a one-of-a-kind montage of performance, spoken word, dialogue, song, puppetry and more!
For the Spring 2021 workshop series, our focus shifted to sharing what we had learned through this project with other people interested in learning about our work, creative engaged arts, and the lived experience of dementia. From April to June 2021, we facilitated our first online Facilitators in Training cohort with a small group of people from across Canada from health care, the arts and community backgrounds. Our immersive 8-week workshop series was facilitated by members of the Raising the Curtain team, including people with the lived experience and care partners in a mentorship role. A big focus of the workshop series was on learning together through exploring, playing with, practicing, and sharing creative ideas.