2014 BCRPA Provincial Awards

Program Excellence

City of New Westminster

Heart 2 Art

Heart 2 Art is a unique program that brings youth and seniors together and encourages shared growth and understanding through art.

The program focuses on empowering youth and seniors to foster their creativity and learn from each other. “Pods” of one senior and one young person are teamed up with a professional artist and encouraged to use their creativity to develop an intergenerational art workshop in five selected arts: spoken word, theatre, mosaic, digital photography and variety.

Heart 2 Art takes a common interest in art in youth and seniors and uses it as a tool to facilitate the development of new relationships and new leisure activities.

This unique program demonstrates unprecedented success in bringing the generations together in a recreation-based experience that enriches the lives of everyone involved. It demonstrates excellence in program design and has great potential to be adapted to other communities.

The Heart 2 Art Project is creating a better understanding between seniors and youth in New Westminster and is helping build an enriched, more interwoven community through art.

Below: Heart 2 Art Members Advisory Committee