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How can arts-based action research bridge 2SLGBTQI older adult and home healthcare worker divides?

How can arts-based action research amplify the perspectives of marginalized groups, and draw connections among shared experiences, needs, and visions for the future of care?

Fostering Dialogues Among 2SLGBTQI Older Adults and Homecare Workers: An Arts Based Action Research Project is an arts-based action research project that will bring together 2SLGBTQI older adults and personal support homecare workers living in Ontario in dialogue and arts-making. Through a series of guided dialogue and arts-making sessions, this project aims to deepen understanding of 2SLGBTQI older adults’ and personal support homecare workers experiences and perspectives on care, bridge divides, and identify calls to action.

This project is led by Dr. Celeste Pang, with Dr. Brittany Jakubiec and Artivist Melanie Schambach., Dr. Andrea Charise, and VHA Home Healthcare are Collaborators. The project is funded by a CIHR Catalyst Grant.

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Participants will be provided with an $800 honorarium and art supplies.

From September 2022-December 2022 participants will be part of 8 online Arts & Dialogue Sessions. In these biweekly sessions, participants will engage in facilitated dialogues about their experiences and perspectives as 2SLGBTQI older adults and homecare workers, and work together to create a collective art piece for public display.

We invite older adult participants who:

  • Identify** as Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or intersex
  • Are over age 65
  • Live in Ontario
  • Are able to participate in English
  • Are capable of providing consent to participate
  • Have a computer and reliable access to the Internet
  • Are available to participate in 8 Arts & Dialogue Sessions

** Or anyone who identifies as a sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, sex characteristics (SOGIESC) minority

We invite personal support workers who:

  • Currently work in the homecare sector in Ontario
  • Are able to participate in English
  • Are capable of providing consent to participate
  • Have a computer and reliable access to the Internet
  • Are available to participate in 8 Arts & Dialogue Sessions

We thank everyone for their interest in participating in this study. Please be aware that not everyone who expresses interest will be selected to participate: the research team will select participants to reflect a range of experiences and identities, including prioritizing participants from suburban and rural areas, under-resourced urban areas, and/or areas outside of southern Ontario.

The results of this research will be shared in different ways, including through a final report and a public display of the collective arts piece.

For questions about this project please contact the research team at research-dialogues@egale.ca.

What you will be asked to do

If you are selected and volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Complete a Recruitment Form to indicate interest in participation.
  • Participate in a 60-minute Introductory Meeting with a member of the research team. During this meeting we will confirm eligibility, seek your informed consent, and administer the pre-survey.
  • Participate in 8 Arts & Dialogue Sessions of 1.5–2 hours each.
  • Participate in a 30–60-minute project-end debrief and post-survey.

All participation will be virtual, and take place over email, telephone, or Zoom. All Arts & Dialogue Sessions will take place over Zoom. There will be no in-person meetings. Participants will be mailed free art supplies.

The Arts & Dialogue Sessions will be held virtually on the following dates and times:

  • Session 1: Pre-Workshop – Sept. 8th @ 10-12pm EDT for older adult participants; 2-4pm EDT for PSW participants
  • Session 2: Dialogue – Sept. 15th @ 2-4pm EDT
  • Session 3: Arts – Sept. 29th @ 2-4pm EDT
  • Session 4: Dialogue – Oct. 6th @ 2-3:30pm EDT
  • Session 5: Arts – Oct. 20th @ 2-4pm EDT
  • Session 6: Dialogue – Nov. 3rd @ 2-3:30pm EDT
  • Session 7: Arts – Nov. 17th @ 2-4pm EDT
  • Session 8: Arts – Dec. 1st @ 2-4pm EDT

An honorarium of $800 will be provided to each participant who participants in the full project. We understand that circumstances may prevent attendance at a session; we consider “full project participation” to mean someone who took part in at least 7 of the 8 Arts & Dialogue Sessions.

The total time commitment for this project is approximately 20–22 hours over the course of 18 weeks (on average, approximately 2 hours biweekly). All participants will be invited to a post-project workshop focused on sharing the research project findings and the final art piece back with communities.

Registration is now closed.

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