The H’art Accessible Arts Program (or HAAP! as we like to call it) is a community-coordinated arts program for seniors who live in long-term care homes, including those living with disabilities. Several times a week, trained artists and volunteers travel to three long-term care homes across Kingston to deliver meaningful arts-based programming.
How does it work?
HAAP artists deliver high-quality programming that emphasizes increased opportunities for inclusion. Everyone is welcome and no art experience is necessary. The artists strive to create a meaningful, inclusive environment for all participants where creativity and is fostered in a supportive and positive space. It is never too late for an individual to engage in something new and master a skill so we encourage participation for everyone. Families and friends are always welcome so come and see what it is all about. Artists work to enhance residents’ quality of life, provide something fun to look forward to each week and help residents to continue living their lives to the fullest.
HAAP artists will offer a new term of classes beginning in September 2018 at three long-term care locations. There will be opportunity for residents to:
- Sing their favourite tunes in a choir,
- To reminisc about the past and share stories of the present during Storytelling,
- To create beautiful textile art, paintings, drawings and more
- And to dance (while seated for the most part) to well loved music.
We are thrilled by the roster of HAAP artists. Click on the photos below to learn more about their backgrounds.
Request your roster and workshop guide
Are you an administrator at a long-term care home in Kingston and would like to know more? Request a roster complete with full workshop descriptions.
Volunteer with our artists
Are you a post-secondary student or a senior who would like to volunteer to assist our artists? Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to enhance your skills, learn more about inclusive art techniques, and make a difference. If you are enthusiastic, have 3 hours a week to commit, and can meet the strict volunteer requirements and standards of H’art Centre and its program partners, we look forward to having you join the HAAP! team. Please contact us to learn more about the requirements.
Learn more about the history of the HAAP program, here!