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Megan Broadmeadow
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You're On Mute

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Session 1: How do you design digital spaces for older participants? — FREE

Session 2: How can we reframe what collaboration and exchange in digital spaces look like when working with older people? — FREE

Session 3: What can we learn about digital engagement when creating art with people of different ages? — FREE

You’re On Mute is a series of online workshops and webinars specially designed for arts educators and practitioners with an interest in participatory and engagement projects that work with older people, isolated, or vulnerable individuals. The sessions are split over three afternoons and will be led by Chris Rolls (Senior Project Manager at 64 Million Artists), Lara Ratnaraja (Cultural Consultant specialising in diversity, innovation, leadership) and Sarah Bailey (Arts Educator and Facilitator).

Each workshop will offer the opportunity to exchange and learn best practice in digital arts and participation. We will share different projects and experiences of engaging ageing and intergenerational audiences with digital arts and creative technologies to create artistic work. The knowledge generated during these workshops will culminate in a set of resources for arts organisations and artists to reflect on in their own approaches and practices.

You’re On Mute is a free, online event taking place on Zoom and you're invited! To join us, please register by using the booking links above.

Session 1: How do you design digital spaces for older participants?

This workshop, facilitated by Chris Rolls of 64 Million Artists, will focus on how digital spaces can be designed with and for older people. There will be a panel presentation of best practice example projects followed by a Q&A and the chance to join smaller breakout groups for a more in-depth and open conversation between attendees and the panellists.

This workshop will host a sharing of ideas, experiences and knowledge for people who are interested in working with older people, and think about who the stakeholders are and who has agency. This session aims to share best practice about digital tools, inclusive and dynamic approaches and to inspire you with what can be achieved by designing digital spaces to engage older participants.

Facilitator Biography: Chris Rolls

Chris is a Senior Project Manager at 64MA leading on creative wellbeing and mental health projects. He has collaborated on various place-based projects with older communities. In partnership with Leicester Ageing Together, he developed dothinkshare.com, a simple platform providing creative resources for groups. Chris regularly works with third sector organisations and local authorities, as well as cities and boroughs of culture. He is currently working with Coventry City of Culture Trust 2021 on their community engagement strategy and runs the Coventry Community Connectors programme. Chris leads 64MA training and development courses in online facilitation, citizen-led culture and co-creation and leading creative communities. He has a background in community theatre and opera projects, working internationally. He is also a psychotherapist working with individuals and groups in private practice.

Session 2: How can we reframe what collaboration and exchange in digital spaces look like when working with older people?

In this webinar, facilitated by Lara Ratnaraja, we will consider what we have learned by working digitally during the Covid-19 pandemic and what we should continue when restrictions have been lifted. There will be a panel presentation of best practice example projects, followed by a facilitated discussion and a Q&A.

Together, we will address how people have taken over digital spaces and made them their own during the pandemic and consider how we can use digital spaces for collaboration and exchange, particularly when working with older people.

Facilitator Biography: Lara Ratnaraja

Lara is a cultural consultant specialising in diversity, innovation, leadership, collaboration and cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector. She develops projects and policy on how cultural and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around diversity, leadership, resilience and business development for the arts and creative industries. Lara sits across myriad equality and arts council boards including Equality Monitoring Group for Arts Council Wales, Vivid Projects and the Derby Theatres board.

Lara is a co-producer of RE:Present and ASTONish; supporting the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic. They are currently delivering AD:Vantage a leadership programme that places the vantage point of d/Deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners at the heart of leadership.

Session 3: What can we learn about digital engagement when creating art with people of different ages?

This workshop, facilitated by Sarah Bailey, will focus on digital engagement processes when working with both older and younger participants. There will be a panel presentation of best practice example projects followed by a Q&A, and the opportunity to join smaller breakout groups for a more in-depth and open conversation between attendees and the panellists.

This workshop is for artists, producers and creative practitioners to share their ideas and experience in the use of digital engagement to create art with participants of different ages. Together, we will think about and discuss how intergenerational approaches can enhance engagement.

Facilitator Biography: Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey offers facilitation for professional development, team building, visioning, strategic planning and partnership development. Her client base tends to be cause focused charities and/or cultural organisations. She has worked with local, regional and national teams. Sarah’s facilitated sessions are effective as well as enjoyable and enlightening. Sarah will work with you to develop dialogue, encourage consensus and reach agreement. She will also make sure that you develop clear actions and the motivation to move you all forward.

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