Programs › Creative Arts

The arts nourish the imagination and develop a sense of beauty, while providing unique ways for participants to gain insights into the world around them. All of the arts communicate through complex symbols – verbal, visual, and aural – and help participants understand aspects of life in a variety of ways.

Participants gain insights into the human condition through ongoing exposure to works of art – for example, they can imagine what it would be like to be in the same situation as a character in a play, an opera, or a painting, and try to understand that character's point of view. They identify common values, both aesthetic and human, in various works of art and, in doing so, increase their understanding of others and learn that the arts can have a civilizing influence on society. In producing their own works, participants communicate their insights while developing artistic skills and aesthetic judgment.

Through studying works of art from various cultures, participants deepen their appreciation of diverse perspectives and develop the ability to approach others with openness and flexibility. Seeing the works of art produced by other participants of the centre also helps them learn about, accept, and respect the identity of others and the differences among people.

Visual Arts › Studying and Creating Art in all its forms

Including: sculpture, painting, sketching, ceramics, film/video, design, photography, fashion design, and crafts.