This year’s Positive Ageing High Tea, held in conjunction with the Minnawarra Art Awards, will be an example of intergenerational connection, with the young at heart of Armadale’s community being served and catered to by year 12 students from Armadale Senior High School.
Held as part of the Armadale Arts Festival (3 - 19 May), Positive Ageing High Teas will be held on Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 May; and will be provided free of charge to seniors in the community so they may indulge in some delectable treats before taking in the art works of the exhibition.
VET Coordinator at Armadale Senior High School Rebecca Ford said eight year 12 students will take part this year, the fourth year of the school’s involvement.
“The students are all completing a Certificate II in Hospitality, which incorporates food preparation, serving and customer interaction, making the High Tea the perfect opportunity for them to build their skill set whilst meeting their course requirements,” Ms Ford said.
The Positive Ageing High Tea continues to be a popular addition to the Minnawarra Art Awards exhibition, providing patrons with an opportunity to enjoy a high tea with fellow art enthusiasts hailing from their community and beyond.
“The people attending the high tea really love speaking with the students, and the students gain an understanding of how important it is to listen to the elders of our community, and learn from the stories they have to tell,” Ms Ford said.
Alongside Armadale Senior High School, students from Kelmscott Senior High School will also be involved in serving food.
The Minnawarra Art Awards continues to make its mark as a favourite amongst the events and activities delivered as part of the Armadale Arts Festival, with the public program incorporating Curator Floor Talks with Ron Nyisztor, as well as tactile tours for people living with a disability.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP, said the tactile tours ensure the exhibition is inclusive, providing access to those living with a disability.
“Tactile tours enable people to experience the artwork through dialogue and touch, offered for small groups of patrons, to ensure that everyone can enjoy the exhibition in a meaningful and engaging way.”
“On behalf of the City, I acknowledge the schools involved this year and Sharon Knapp of the Intensive Care Foundation who facilitates this project on our behalf. It really brings our young and young and heart community members together,” Mayor Henry Zelones
To find out more about the Minnawarra Art Awards and public program please visit armadaleartsfestival.com.au.