Museum will use grant to keep seniors ‘socially connected’

The Markham Museum will use a community grant to encourage older adults to take part in pottery classes and group tours of an exhibition that shares experiences of the Chinese community.

The museum has received about $24,500 through the provincial government’s 2023-24 Seniors Community Grant Program and will use it to focus on seniors who may face a variety of barriers to participation, such as economic, language, lack of opportunities and accessibility.

“Seniors Community Grants are keeping our seniors fit, active, healthy and socially connected close to home in their communities,” Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho says. “Our government is proud to invest in these projects with local organizations to meet the needs of seniors, provide the supports seniors need and deserve that also help to battle social isolation.”

The ministry reports investing more than $22 million in Seniors Community Grants to more than 1,200 grassroots projects that have helped seniors stay socially and physically active in their communities since 2018. 

Markham Museum is home to more than 20 historic buildings on 25 acres of parkland. It offers year-round exhibits, public programs, signature events and research facilities. It will use the Seniors Community Grant to offer three main programs, including four sessions of five-week pottery hand-building courses at the museum between October and March.

It will also offer 10 two-hour introduction to pottery hand-building classes in the community. Finally, it will offer six group tours of the Standing in the Doorway: Lived Histories and Experiences of the Chinese Community exhibition and related activities. Two of the tours will offer accessible busing at no cost.

“Markham’s commitment to inclusion has always extended to seniors in our community,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “With this additional funding, the Markham Museum can extend its already robust series of programs for people of all ages. Programming specifically for older adults focuses on their particular interests and the ability to access the museum site.”

Photo: Local dignitaries at the Sept. 23 government funding announcement at Markham Museum.

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