Category: 2021 (Page 1 of 6)

Since May 2020, we hosted 26 gatherings around knowledge, creativity,
and solidarity. In this one, we will put in common our experiences and
create a collective vision for the future.

  • What did we enjoy?
  • what should we change?
  • which topics matter to the group?
  • who should we include in the discussions?
  • how to better bridge studio activities, research, and play?

Join us so that we can hear diverse perspectives!

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly meet-up, an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

The health and wellbeing benefits of musical engagement are noted often in popular media and scholarly literature, and specifically in relation to older adults.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, various online music/music therapy programs have emerged. However, from a “best practices” perspective we do not know if/how known benefits of music translate in an online format.

Join us at the next Creative Science Shop where Concordia music therapist-researcher Dr. Laurel Young and graduate music therapy student research assistants Ben Magidson and Julia Blundon will discuss an ongoing inquiry that examines older adults’ perspectives on participating in online group music experiences.

Music therapist, Victoria McNeill will share her experience of initiating online music programs as part of her work at Cummings Centre.

During this interactive discussion, attendees will be invited to share perceived benefits/ barriers related to their own musical engagement.

Videos

November 25th, 2021, from 2:30-4:00 pm.

Come to our round table where Alexa Ruel and Sean Devine, PhD students in Psychology at Concordia University and McGill University, will be talking about how cognition change as we age.

Join us to discuss about new findings related to decision making in older adults and how these findings can lead to creating new user-friendly technology. Share your thoughts in a community discussion about decision making, and your experience with digital devices.

Alexa Ruel is a PhD Student in Psychology at Concordia University. She studies how decision-making changes across the lifespan, moving from young to older adulthood.

Sean Devine is a PhD Student in Psychology at McGill University. He studies how seeking out information impacts decision-making, and studies real-world decision-making through the use of big consumer data. Sean worked along side Alexa for his Master’s degree where he examined how cognition changes across the lifespan.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly studio hybrid, both online and in person at the Cavendish Mall. It is an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

Videos

Coming soon!

Come join us to the round table dedicated to poets in our community. Four poets: Daryl Zoellner, Lady Rojas Benavente, Lisa Potter and Marcia Goldberg will present what inspired them to follow this creative path and recite one poem.

Poetry may mean keeping a balance of thoughts on delicate subjects as equity, inclusion, and loss. It may be storytelling about pets. Or simply a way to express oneself and stay creative. Come be part of the discussion, sharing your own experience or poem!

Daryl Zoellner’s roots are in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. She has fully bloomed, however, in Quebec. She is interested in various arts including poetry, and has her studio known as Mes tables.

Peruvian-Canadian writer, Lady Rojas Benavente created an taught literature for 50 years in many academic settings from Peru to Canada, including Concordia University. She is now professor emerita and actively involved in the Latin American communities.

Lisa Potter is an “active engager” and she uses art and poems as creative venues. She is working on a story of a cat named Pogo and will present two poems that she wrote recently.

Marcia Goldberg is a retired teacher of English. She writes poetry, and during the pandemic, she joined a women writers’ online gathering pioneered by Lise Weil, a teacher and friend.

The Creative Science Shop is a monthly meet-up welcoming an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

Videos

Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 2:30-4:00 pm for the Creative Science Shop on The Meaning of Art-making in Relation to Others.


Come to this opportunity to learn and share on how art-making can be so meaningful when it is in relation to others.

To what extent art skill shares can make life worthwhile? What is the transformative power of art-making in relation to others? Two members from the Art Hive Network will share their stories with us. Join the discussion on how this resonates with you, your own life and your professional or academic interests!

Edna Katz-Silver is an artist, actress, sculptress, Judaica jewelry designer, and furniture maker in commercial and private spheres. As an art teacher, she believes that teaching is healing for both parties.


For the past 30 years, Sondra Goldman has been a practicing Montreal artist and art therapist, working for senior residents and inspiring them to expand their expressive capacity. She also created one of the first institutional Art Hives in Canada.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly studio hybrid, both online and in-person at the Cavendish Mall. It is an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

Videos

Coming soon!

Join us on Thursday, November 11 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm for the Creative Science Shop on “When Writing Comes to Life”.

Come to this bilingual science workshop on the theme of creative writing.

Where does inspiration come from? How do you nurture the writing process? And what is the meaning of sharing it? Our two guests will give their perspectives, Eva Halus, from the point of view of an author and member of the Art Hive community, and Patrcia Landry, from the angle of publishing as a way to build bridges to help people with mental health issues.

A community discussion will follow. You are all welcome to share your experience during the discussion that will follow.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly studio hybrid, both online and in person at the Cavendish Mall. It is an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

Videos

Coming soon!

Artist: Zainab Iton

Title: Joyful Art

Medium: Mixed media and paint

This work is a creative response in that it has no drawing, but is free form painting in Acrylic.  Color and forms resonate. 

Artist: Zainab Iton

Title: London Swooper

Medium: Painting

Size: 24” x 36”

The work is a creative response to the idea that a kite is a predator that cleans up cities of vermin.  This one was photographed in London U.K. in 2013.  They tend to swoop upon prey.

Artist: Sue Proctor

Title: Bird

Medium: Felt tip pens and ink on paper

Date: 2021

Beauty always has another side – looking for balance in the song.

Artist: Sue Proctor

Title: Mosaic with suns

Medium: Felt tip pens and ink on paper

Date: 2021

The Covid pens were dry from being unused for so long, so I kept moving from pen to pen. The Mall and the Art Hive are so open to possibility – like a circus tent – anything can happen.

Artist: Sinthia Cousineau

Title: Rocher Perce    

Medium: Watercolor

Responding to beauty and landscape.

Artist: Sinthia Cousineau

Title: The Love of Walking!

Medium: Video

Date: 2021

This work is a response to how these last 2 years have been hard and it is important to continue walking forward. I took these video clips to show my way of escaping the pandemic by hiking in nature.

Artist: Sharon Smith

Title: Summer Peony

Medium: Watercolor and ink

Size: 12” x 9”

Inspired by the beautiful flowers in gardens this got painted for its simple and stunning details. Created after it bloomed in the summer. 

Artist: Sharon Smith

Title: Tulips and fruit – Fall Colours

Medium: Mixed media

Size: 25” x 17”

Date: 2018

Responding to nature and beauty, inspiration for creation.

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