Age and Creation

A practice journal of creative experience and aging

Featured Artists: The direct[message] Community Consultants

Five direct[message] community consultants in conversation with project researcher Rana El Kadi

The Editorial Team — January 2024

Direct[message], a five-year project to increase access to artistic experience for older adults, was guided by a panel of older adult community consultants from the project cities of Guelph, Hamilton, and London.

In this early video collaboration that became the first episode of direct[message] Community Stories, consultants discuss what they like to be called and how the words that programs, events, and organizations use to reach out to them has an impact.

Thank you Maggie Perquin, Sheila O’Reilly, Suad Badri, Wilimina McGrimmond, Richard Claus, and Kathy Smith for your leadership and creativity throughout the project.

The editorial team of Age and Creation is made up of artists, researchers, technologists, community-builders, and students who set the publishing practices of the journal in response to community need and receive, review, and prepare submissions to Age and Creation for publication. Contact the editorial team at