The Art Hive as a Frame of Belonging for Older Adults
- Darla Fortune, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University; Researcher, CREGÉS
- Shannon Hebblethwaite, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University; Researcher, CREGÉS; Director, engAGE
- Ginette Aubin, PhD., Professor, Département d'ergothérapie, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Researcher, CREGÉS
- Janis Timm-Bottos
In this presentation, we will discuss the results of a study exploring the role that art hives play in contributing to a sense of belonging for older adults. The results reveal the need for participants to have access to welcoming social spaces that enable them to connect with people who care about them. The democratic nature of art hives contributed to participants’ sense of “shared ownership” and collective responsibility for hospitality. These results support the creation of community spaces that help older adults engage in regular and meaningful social interactions around common interests.