About Creative Age Edmonton

Creative Age Edmonton was incorporated as a non-profit company on Sept. 24, 2012. It grew out of a desire by members of the Creative Age Festival steering committee to foster, promote and encourage more opportunities for older adults to become engaged in the arts year-round.

The members of the board of directors of Creative Age Edmonton are GeriActors & Friends director and University of Alberta drama professor David Barnet, River Ridge Seniors Community creative expression coordinator Nicole Collyer, Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council executive director Sheila Hallett, poet and novelist Alice Major, Northgate Lions Seniors Association facility manager Maggie Nichol and Rich Gossen.

The Creative Age Festival was first held in 2008. It is a celebration of creative aging that encourages seniors to become more involved in arts programs – drama, music, visual arts, literary arts, and dance; celebrates and recognizes the artistic contributions of seniors in all areas of the arts; and raises public awareness of the benefits to health and well-being for older adults acquired through engagement in creative activities.


The Festival seeks to


  • Raise awareness of the benefits of engaging in the arts in one’s senior years through events and activities of an Annual Festival.
  • Share the vision of Creative Aging by building relationships and partnerships with the community.
  • Promote/enhance year-round arts and aging opportunities for seniors.
  • Provide the opportunity for seniors to participate in the arts during the festival and promote opportunities for them to do so throughout the year.
  • Showcase skills and accomplishments of senior artists.

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