Connecting Generations during COVID-19

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    During these strange times of virtual meetings and social distancing we are greatly missing our own communities and are looking to spread a little bit of positivity through our blog, Art Apart. This virtual space was created by Kim Martin (Assistant Professor of History – University of Guelph) and our research team (Rashmeet, Michaela, Margarita, and Sophia) as a safe way of featuring the work of Canadian creatives that are bringing the community together through their artwork.

    The Connecting Generations through Journaling project is an extension of this endeavour and we hope to bring joy/creativity to two communities: children (aged 8-12) from low-income/single-parent households and seniors at long-term care facilities. Upon its completion, this project will appear as a sub-section on the Art Apart website (

    What’s Involved?

    This is a free project!

    We will be purchasing and distributing 200 blank journals to children and seniors in the aforementioned communities and give them some prompts/ideas for artwork related to COVID-19 that they fill in over the month of August. We will then re-collect these journals after a few weeks, scan each of the journals and display the artwork on Art Apart and also create a digital mosaic and slideshow to be displayed on screens across the University of Guelph campus. Finally, the journals will be sent in an art swap (i.e. children’s journals to seniors and seniors’ journals to children).

    We will provide: 1 blank journal, 2 black ballpoint pens (although any and all other art making tools are encouraged), instructions, prompts, and a return envelope and postage.

    As we will only be sending out 200 journals, we will be accepting participants on a first-come first-serve basis. Please share this with those that would benefit from this opportunity and/or fill in these surveys:
    Seniors –
    Children –

    Thank you,


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