Artwork from across the generations is adorning RAAFA’s Merriwa Estate thanks to a new intergenerational art initiative which has been spearheaded by the estate’s Retirement Wellbeing Officer, Suzanne Free, with support from Goodstart Early Learning Merriwa.
Children from local kindergarten Goodstart have been providing the estate with pictures and paintings, which are being displayed for all to see at the estate’s arcade.
“The children are providing a great sense of community and connection for the residents, particularly during COVID-19 restrictions. The hope was that the art would lift everyone’s spirits,” says Suzanne.
“Our talented residents also continue to produce art and, the intergenerational art initiative is an ideal opportunity for our seniors’ work to be admired and enjoyed by the children.”
“As an intergenerational playgroup is not possible at the moment, our art partnership with the kindergarten is enabling the children to benefit by viewing the artworks from our elders, which is provided in tandem with a brief summary about individual residents with their photo. We feel this enables a personal connection and reminds the children that expression through art can be enjoyed throughout a person’s lifetime, as well as being refined and developed with age and experience.”