Abbotsford Student Art Work Explores Perceptions of Aging

A new art exhibit at UFV’s Abbotsford campus explores how young people view aging.

Projections: A Project on Social Perceptions and Imaginary Truths began with a research question and an interdisciplinary partnership.

They have teamed up to create a powerful new art exhibit at the university’s S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery.

This exhibit explores the results of a research project led by Dr. Shelley Canning of the university’s Center for Education and Research in Aging (CERA), which partnered with teachers from School District 34 (Abbotsford ).

This project engaged students of all grade levels (1st, 4th, 7th, 12th grade) to share their perceptions of aging and dementia through a series of drawing and writing activities. The drawings and reflections created a unique way to better understand intergenerational understandings with students’ ideas and unknowns, celebrations and concerns expressed through arts-based methods and featured in the exhibit.

The Projections exhibition is curated and created by Dr. Candace Couse (UFV CERA) and is open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It opened on October 18 and there is a closing reception on November 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

UFV’s S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery is located in Building “B” (B136) at 33844 King Rd.

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