“Where are the older people and why doesn’t society recognise their presence more in popular culture? (Dr. Don A. Grady, Elon University, North Carolina).
The community of the Elder is a trans-national and cross-cultural invisible web of connection. The demographic in developed countries is one of an increasing, and increasingly, aging population with many born today who will live to 100 and beyond. Societal attitudes to the elder differ from culture to culture, but in many countries there is an almost total non-representation in the media, except when problems occur.
Transparent Boundaries is about seizing a moment, changing attitudes, providing possibilities – now. This project proposes to make links across cultures and between generations to find ways to increase the visibility of the Elder as a vital force with a cultural contribution and impact to be included and referenced. This is a project of empowerment, which will take micro and macro approaches to create a place and space for dialogue and a new kind of visibility through relationships that function between and across cultures.
Four organisations have come together with support from the EU Culture Programme. Leading the project from the UK University for the Creative Arts, with partners Aalborg University from Denmark, Associazione Marchigiana Attività Teatraliand (AMAT) from Italy, Hellenic Regional Development Centre from Greece. Each will pilot a project that takes the idea of Lace Networks as its leitmotif which will be developed through textiles, performance and poetry. To find out more click on the country name.