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Social Sculpture

(Between) Islands is a pilot project to address ageism, loneliness and social isolation experienced most acutely by younger people, ages 18-24, and older people, ages 65 and up. More specifically, (Between) Islands is creative research exploring strategies to address ageism and provide mental health support for loneliness and its related mental, emotional, and physical impacts through intergenerational contact (IGC). The 6-week pilot program (Between) Islands (2022-2023) focuses on the two pillars of mental health: social connection and a sense of purpose. Participants sculpted custom dumbbells inspired by life challenges, learned the basics of upper-body strength training, and exchanged experiences in small conversation groups pairing younger and older together.

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