This year, visual artist Bozica Radjenovic ran a series of paper art workshops with the women at Club Casa de los Abuelos as part of the Art Place program. She shared her final thoughts on her time in-residence and her experience working with this group of Ottawa residents.
How would you describe your overall experience with Art Place?
I am very thankful to AOE Arts Council’s artist-in-residence program Art Place for giving me the opportunity to work with an amazing group such as the ladies at Casa de los Abuelos. I had a great time sharing my knowledge and I enjoyed seeing the tactile products of my efforts.
What are some of the most significant things you’ve learned throughout your project?
I learned that every age group has something special to offer and that creating art can reverse the effects of the ageing process.
How was your project a success?
My group created between 55 to 59 art works on paper, they learned some new techniques and successfully continue to use them.
What do you intend for audiences to see, experience, and think about when learning about your project?
I want audiences to be tempted to create art and to learn that only when you engage with art do you get a complete experience.
In what ways did or will the community benefit from your project?
I think that physical exercise is good for our muscles but art is good for our brain and our soul. It may help people dealing with depression and anxieties.
In your opinion, what did the participants learn from the project?
They learned that we are all creative.
Did the participants feel that arts and culture offerings are physically, financially and/or geographically accessible to them? Did participating in this project change this?
Casa de los Abuelos is a not for profit group, they have hard time to earn the money to pay the rent. For every course that they organize participants have to pay for material. Thanks to participating in Art Place this was the first time that they got materials and snacks free of charge.