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Join us at THEMUSEUM for our 55 & Better Programming for a weekly program at 1:30 pm. THEMUSEUM will offer free admission to individuals 55+ each Thursday until March 2020. Programming is included with admission, and we will have a pop-up café with FREE treats provided by Chartwell Retirement Residences each week. 

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Artful Aging: A Watercolour Painting Workshop

Artful Aging: A Watercolour Painting Workshop
Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Take an hour this Thursday to relax and free your mind with some watercolour painting. Join in as we paint the Northern Lights and take your masterpiece home after the session is over. Art supplies will be provided to all guests.

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Hope Amidst Climate Crisis: Our Role in Waterloo Region

Hope Amidst Climate Crisis: Our Role in Waterloo Region
Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 1:30pm – 3pm

The climate crisis is one of the most pressing threats of our time and it will define the lives of the next generations. This talk explores the emergency and what the global community must do to bring down greenhouse gas emissions, dramatically and immediately. But it also describes the development of exciting new social movements and actions from governments and other key actors in our world that light a pathway toward a climate-safe future. We will end by discussing how the crisis and its solutions are manifesting themselves here in Waterloo Region — and what citizens can do to get involved in the movement for change.

Dr. Angela V. Carter is an associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo and a fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research has focused on environmental policy and politics surrounding oil extraction in Canada’s major oil-producing provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland & Labrador). She has analyzed how environmental policy is developed and contested, emphasizing tensions between environmental/community impacts and economic imperatives. Carter is now extending this work in an international comparative project on supply-side climate policy, focused on political conditions necessary to wind down fossil fuel extraction in developed-world states. She is particularly intrigued by the rise of “keep it in the ground” movements and legislation.

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Light-up Wearables

Light-up Wearables
Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 1:30pm – 3pm

Light up your life this Thursday and spend the day making your own fancy light-up wristbands. This event will give you the chance to use conductive thread to hand-sew your creations.

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Woodworking Shadows

Woodworking Shadows
Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 1:30pm – 3pm

For this week’s 55 & Better programming we will be workshopping. Join in as we spend the day cutting out unique shapes out of wood using scroll saws. Your creation will cast interesting shadows when hit by light.

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Artful Aging: A Watercolour Painting Workshop

Artful Aging: A Watercolour Painting Workshop
Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Take an hour this Thursday to relax and free your mind with some watercolour painting. Join in as we paint the Northern Lights and take your masterpiece home after the session is over. Art supplies will be provided to all guests.

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Local Activism for Climate Justice

Local Activism for Climate Justice
Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 1:30pm – 3pm

Join us at THEMUSEUM for our weekly 55 & Better Programming at 1:30 pm. Programming is included with free admission on Thursdays for those ages 55+, and we will have a pop-up café with FREE treats provided by Chartwell Retirement Residences each week during the program.

The climate emergency is upon us, and is already playing out with massive impacts on millions of people, plants and animals around the world. Yet these impacts are not spread out equally, with those who have often done the least to cause the crisis expected to suffer the most. Join for a talk and discussion on how we can center principles of climate justice in local climate activism organizing work, turning a deep crisis into a call for deep solidarity across our diverse experiences, and even across species, as we work to care for and love one another through the great trials to come while actively building a far more equitable, sustainable future. This is the powerful work we were made to do in this moment – work of transformation of hearts, minds, and entire societies to turn deep crisis into a profound opportunity to build a just society, deepening our relationships with each other, and across creation. Come join the conversation, and find your own place in this work. Featuring Kai Reimer-Watts.

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Guided Tour of Agents For Change | Facing the Anthropocene

Guided Tour of Agents For Change | Facing the Anthropocene
Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 1:30pm – 3pm

Join us at THEMUSEUM for our weekly 55 & Better Programming at 1:30 pm. Programming is included with free admission on Thursdays for those ages 55+, and we will have a pop-up café with FREE treats provided by Chartwell Retirement Residences each week during the program.

This week for 55 & Better, interpretative staff will lead a guided tour of our fourth floor exhibition, Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene, one of four important exhibitions, as THEMUSEUM weighs in our climate emergency.

About the exhibition:

“Agents for Change| Facing the Anthropocene”, co-curated by Nina Czegledy and Jane Tingley, presents ten interdisciplinary women artists working on the theme of ecological change and at the intersection of science, technology, and art. Canadian and international artists include Diane Landry, Donna Legault, Maayke Schurer, Liz Miller, Elaine Whittaker, Kristine Diekman, Olga Kisseleva, Pinar Yoldas, Caro McCaw, Vicki Smith, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits.

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Stay tuned for more programming!

Get Involved

Are you 55 & Better and looking to get involved more in the community?

THEMUSEUM invites you to contribute your diverse voice to the 55 & Better Committee. THEMUSEUM has recently launched a new programming initiative on Thursdays for those 55 & better! As part of the initiative, we are looking to create a committee of individuals that can help shape our future programming offerings, help execute Thursday programming, and use their voice to spread awareness.

Apply to the 55 & Better Committee

 

55 & Better Thursdays are sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences and funded by the Government of Canada and an Ontario Community Grant.

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