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Learning Elders Arts
L.E.A.P. (Learning Elders Arts Program) funding enables local seniors' groups, organizations or facilities to hire professional and semi-professional artists to teach various artistic disciplines such visual and media arts, dance, instrumental or vocal music, theatre or musical theatre, literary arts, and folk arts and crafts to seniors. The group making the application locates a partner artist and together they complete the application.
Past L.E.A.P. programs include:
Music, Theatre and Literary Arts
Musical production, choir group, beginning guitar, beginning ukulele, group sing song (manors or nursing homes), storytelling, journaling, poetry and prose, performing arts, song club, and theatre productions.
Visual Arts, Media Arts and Crafts
Watercolor painting, pottery, soapstone carving, sculpture, drawing, costume creation, scrapbooking, felting, hand appliques, woodworking, ceramics, quilting, basket weaving, acrylic painting, multimedia card creation, flower arranging, counted cross stitch, furniture refinishing, enameling, upcycling, rug hooking, sewing, Swedish weaving, stained glass, wood carving, fabric sculpting, jewelry making, and multimedia arts.
2019/20 L.E.A.P. programs are currently underway with art exhibits, open houses and final performances taking place at locations around the Island in March and April 2020:
March 2nd (Monday) at 10:30 a.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 9th)
Busy Hands Making Baskets with Paul White
Montague 50+ Seniors Club at the Montague Legion, 115 Douses Road, Montague
March 5th (Thursday) at 12:30 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 9th)
Playing the Fiddle with musician Amy Swenson
Friendly Circle Seniors Club at the Murray Harbour Community Centre, 27 Park Street, Murray Harbour.
March 6th (Friday) at 1 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 13th)
Expression Through Painting with June Ellis
Maplewood Manor in the Community Room, 405 Church Street, Alberton.
March 6th (Friday) at 2 p.m. Art exhibit and open house (Storm Date: March 13th)
Traditional Basket Weaving with Nora Richard
Good Neighbourly 50 Plus Club at the Tracadie Community Center, 148 Station Road, Tracadie.
March 7th (Saturday) at 1 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 14th)
Putting the Pieces Together, Stained Glass with Cathy Krolikowski
Shamrock Seniors’ Club at the Clubhouse, 44 Father Brady Lane (off of Route 21), Fort Augustus.
March 9th (Monday) at 1 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 16th)
Oil Painting for Seniors with Donalda Doucette
Rustico Bay Seniors’ Club at the Clubhouse, 2104 Church Road, Rustico.
March 10th (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 17th)
Hand Crochet Rag Rugs with Lillian Wedge
Silver Maple Seniors’ Club at the Miscouche Fire Hall, Seniors Room, 21 Main Drive East, Miscouche. (Beside the Miscouche Museum.)
March 12th (Thursday) at 7 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 19th)
Catching Dreams with Pamela Marion Hales
Georgetown Seniors Group at the Georgetown Seniors Building, Complex B, Georgetown.
March 13th (Friday) at 1 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 27th)
Unconstrained Ambition. Mixed Media with Dina Blot.
Miscouche Art Pursuit at the Miscouche Fire Hall, Seniors Room, 21 Main Drive East, Miscouche. (Beside the Miscouche Museum.)
March 16th (Monday) at 10 a.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 23rd)
Quillwork with Melissa Peter-Paul
Silver Threads Seniors’ Club at the Clubhouse, 78 Main Street, Souris.
March 18th (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: March 25th)
Traditional Basket Weaving with Marjorie Lewis Paul
Seniors’ Active Living Centre at the Bell Aliant Centre, University of PEI, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown.
March 25th (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: April 1st)
Button Bunny and Company with Dina Blot
Beach Grove Nursing Home at 200 Beach Grove Road, Charlottetown.
April 5th (Sunday) at 2 p.m. Performance. (Storm Date: April 19th)
Art Through Theatre with Eileen Chiasson-Pendergast
Le Club des Coeurs Joyeux at the Agente de développement communautaire et culturel, 119, ch DeBlois, DeBlois.
April 16th (Thursday) at 1 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: April 23rd)
Freezer Paper Applique with Sharon Kennedy
Selkirk Millennium Seniors Club at the Belfast Recreation Centre, 3033 Garfield Road (Route 207), Eldon.
April 18th (Saturday) at 2 p.m. Art exhibit and open house. (Storm Date: April 25th)
Expanding Horizons, Painting with Julia Purcell
Whisperwood Villa in the Activity Room, 160 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown.
The L.E.A.P. program is administered by the PEI Senior Citizens' Federation and is made possible through funding from the PEI Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture under the direction of Minister Matthew MacKay.