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Hastings Intermediate

Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Connected Project

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Project Information

We aim to bring together older adults with youth in a meaningful way. To enable our older adults to share their story in a guided approach and break down generational barriers. The Connected team will create a focus for discussion after an extensive interview with an older adult. It will then construct learning experiences that are local and curriculum-specific, to enable schools and youth to connect and create their own story in response. 

The interviews with older adults are filmed, and the Connected team will edit a short 7–15 minute piece that captures the essence of the older adult’s story. Connectedness is vital to us as human beings. The handing down of stories as knowledge makes our older adults feel valued and helps our younger generation to learn.

The project connects two parts of our community that at times struggle to find their place. By listening, sharing, coming together, and building robust outcome, we expect outcomes to be of a high standard. These outcomes will be presented to the school community. This will provide students with an opportunity to share their learning with older adults, parents, and the broader community. The outcomes will then become part of a presentation that will be held at Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre.

In term 1, the Connected team will work with the Positive Aging Trust to identify 10 older adults to interview, film and edit together new stories.

Project starting: January 2023

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