Thursday, 19 February 2015

For Prosperitys Sake Seniors Stories project update

Louise Cooper, facilitating artist of Western Riverina Arts For Prosperitys Sake Seniors Stories project has been busy meeting with local seniors this month. Maisie Miller, Margaret Sands, Patricia Thomson, Bev Evans and David Boyd to name but a few.

Each with their own wonderful life story proving that everyone has their own story to tell. Louise will be at Whitton Courthouse to sit down with seniors for a chat on the microphone and collect their life and childhood stories on Tuesday Feb 24 11am-2pm and at Wamoon Public School on Thursday Feb 26 9am-2pm. Stories will be published in a book, online and some childhood stories will be selected to be animated by local school children and shown at the Roxy.

Louise has also been running free weekly craft workshops for Seniors – those aged over 60. February’s theme has been Decoupage. In March, we will shift the focus to photography. Community Transport have volunteered their bus on Tuesday, March 3 11-midday to allow Seniors to tour Leeton taking photos of “Where Our Memories Were Made”. 

There will be space for 7 participants in the bus so register quickly to make sure you secure your place! Call Community Transport on 6953 6999. Whether we have been here for a year or generations, we all have memories made in Leeton – when did you first go to the Roxy? Where were your memories made in Leeton? Each Tuesday in March thereafter, Seniors will be invited to meet in the library for free self-publishing workshops with Louise from 11am-midday. Seniors will print their photos, write their memories alongside them and self-publish a zine "Where our Memories were Made".

Each Friday in March, from 2-3pm, Seniors are invited to a free series of workshops at the new Multipurpose Centre in Wade Ave. Bring along some old photos to work with on Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 – you needn’t be Da Vinci to have some creative fun!

To share your story with Louise in a spoken word interview, or participate in a March workshop please contact Louise on 0499552536. This project is supported by the Office for Ageing’s Regional Creative Ageing Fund, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
Photo of Louise Cooper and Bev Evans, Decoupage Workshop, taken by Jason Richardson.

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