Creative Pursuits and Lifelong Learning

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” – composer Michel Legrand

Here’s a simple question. How would you like to spend your later years? In front of a TV, or learning a new skill, taking an art or music class or engaged in a stimulating political discussion?

We thought so.

Moving into one of United’s older adult communities provides the opportunity to pursue activities and interests that might have been put on the back burner while you were raising a family.

GG art studio 3 OPUnited’s focus is on creativity, the arts and pursuing new learning opportunities. For example, each community has a central art studio that is open all the time, where residents can learn painting and other creative projects whenever the muse strikes.

“The creative urge isn’t governed by time. A brilliant idea can come at two in the morning, so our art studios are open every day of the week, 24 hours a day,” said Cailey Massey, creative facilitator. “As well, our creative programs are supported by professional artists who not only provide skill-building workshops, but know the history of each art form, which provides important context to what the residents are learning.”

GG art gallery
Garrison Green art gallery

Both Garrison Green and Fish Creek communities have art galleries, where resident artworks are displayed. These galleries are also used to display art from outside the community, and occasionally from renowned local and regional artists.



John Snow art 2 smallAt Fish Creek, we have a large number of artworks by John Snow, who was a prolific artist whose works are highly collectable. Residents and families can enjoy the United Collection artworks any time, while the greater community can schedule an appointment to view the artworks as well as our resident art gallery.

In the courtyard at Fish Creek are several large sculptures by renowned Canadian artists. The sculptures are interactive, and add interesting visual elements to an already relaxing environment.

Some might say that devoting floor space to an art gallery in an older adult community is not efficient use of space, but president Gail Hinchliffe says the focus on creativity is paramount. “Our focus is on stimulating the mind, to play on a person’s urge to be creative. A gallery helps that focus, and builds self-esteem. There’s nothing like seeing your latest work on display!”

The reaction from adult children to seeing their parents engaged in a new interest is priceless. Gail explains in this short video.

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