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Transforming Lives with Music and Art
Transforming Lives with Music and Art is a conference to equip and encourage Christians to use music and art to minister to the older population. Through workshops, sharing and demonstrations, we hope to show the power of music and art to enhance well-being, re-activate memory, combat social isolation and help with re-construction of identity. We explore the why and the how, and invite reflections on the spiritual benefits of music. If you have an interest in music and art, or are curious how music and art can be used in ministries, or want to deepen your understanding and enrich your existing programs, you are very welcome to join us.
Who will be there? Family and professional caregivers, seniors, chaplains, music and art volunteers, musicians, therapists, educators, other professionals, or anyone with an interest in music and art. No prior experience necessary.
Date: May 23rd, 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (registration starts at 9:00 a.m.)
Lunch: Please bring your own brown bag lunch.
Venue: Bethel Canadian Reformed Church, 11251 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill (North of Elgin Mills Road East on the East side); map
Parking: Plenty of parking at the church premise available.
Cost: $15 (includes tea, coffee and light refreshments); pay at the door – cash only
Registration: Click here to fill in a simple form.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of the Day:
9:30-9:45 Introduction and Worship
9:45-10:45 Workshop: “Music, Memory and Meaning” by Bev Foster
10:45-11:05 Inspirational Music Ministries for Seniors (nursing homes) – Stella Chung
11:05-11:25 Inspirational Music Ministries for Seniors (adult day program) – Peggy Peacock
11:25-11:45 Inspirational Music Ministries for Seniors (respite program) – Art and Coby Jaarsma
11:45-12:30 Lunch and Networking
12:30-1:30 Workshop: “Visual Creativity, Cognition and Well-Being” by Nicole Balan
1:30-1:50 Inspirational Music Ministries for Seniors (dementia unit) – Ron Wilson and Tom McCormick
Workshop Descriptors and Presenters Bios
Music, Memory and Meaning
Music accompanies us on our journey and connects us to people, places and events in our lives. It is cross-coded into life passages. Music connects us to our memories and our lived experiences especially as we grow older. This workshop explores how and why we remember music and in particular, how songs connect us through shared feelings, events and ideas that have both cultural, spiritual and personal meanings.
Presenter: Bev Foster. Bev Foster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation, an organization dedicated to music and care. She is an experienced musician and worship leader who speaks and writes extensively on the power of music, especially in life limiting situations. Her passion for music enhancing quality of life is contagious.