Alberta Initiatives

The Creative Age Festival was first held in 2008. It is a celebration of creative aging that encourages seniors to become more involved in arts programs – drama, music, visual arts, literary arts, and dance; celebrates and recognizes the artistic contributions of seniors in all areas of the arts; and raises public awareness of the benefits to health and well-being for older adults acquired through engagement in creative activities.

The Festival Seeks To:

The Creative Aging Calgary Society strives to advance recognition of the importance of arts and aging and to heighten awareness of the benefits of professionally conducted, participatory arts and aging programs.  In so doing, they reach out to many stakeholders – older adults, senior-serving agencies, artisans, researchers, elected officials, funders, change-leaders and policy makers.

The University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing is home to the Creative Arts/Integrative Therapies Research Group, founded in 1998 by Dr. Carole-Lynne LeNavenec. This centre researches and publishes articles and reports about the multitude of ways that arts-based activities, Creative Arts Therapies, and arts approaches are used to promote health and healing, enhance quality of life over the life span, and promote end of life care.

Elephant Artist Relief Society (EAR) is a registered charity that provides practical resources to Calgary visual artists in order to help sustain their wellbeing and livelihood, contributing to a vibrant cultural community.   

EAR envisions a healthy arts community ensuring a continued and rich cultural landscape for us all. As a unique service organization for the visual arts sector, EAR builds creative capacity and fills a role not duplicated by any other agency.

GeriActors is a seniors’ theatre organization in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  They are an intergenerational theatre company producing original plays based on stories and issues from their lives. They also offer outreach theatre programs for seniors throughout Edmonton. 

iHuman Youth Society is a non-profit organization that engages Edmonton’s traumatized youth who exhibit high-risk lifestyles – to foster positive personal development and social change. Founded in 1997, we develop and implement arts-based programming that functions as a positive engagement tool. We seek to re-integrate youth into the community by developing skills, self-esteem and a sense of worth and ability through mentorship, crisis intervention and targeted programming. iHuman serves 500 youth in Edmonton aged 12-24 years.