Direct[Message]: Access to Engagement of the Arts
Direct[Message] is a three-year, multi-phase community arts/digital strategy project that is exploring and developing new digital models to improve and transform the older/aging community’s access to and engagement with the arts; including developing a digital prototype that is adaptable to support the inclusion of members of the older/aging community living with disabilities, such as loss of memory, hearing, sight, and mobility. By using community-arts and evidence-based research methods, our goals are: to create and iteratively test and evaluate a digital prototype that provides interactive moments and experiences for the older/aging populations within Hamilton, Guelph and London. Our hope is to create an open-source digital prototype, that is low cost and sustainable, that will ultimately promote intergenerational inclusivity, address social isolation, and promote artistic/creative engagement.
team is a collaborative and interdisciplinary collective of artists, academics, and community members from McMaster University, Vibrafusion Lab
in London, Cinematronics in Hamilton, and a storytelling hub at the University of Guelph called Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice
. We are currently in the process of putting together a website, and social channels where you can follow our process and updates. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about this project please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We gratefully acknowledge the support from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund