Akademi works with adults and older people developing their creativity, flexibility and movement through classical dance, music and storytelling. It also allows for improved wellbeing and social output.
Akademi receives funding from the London Councils in Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Camden and Islington, to deliver projects such as Silver Stompers, an exercise based approach in Camden which was supported by Greater London Pensioners Group. These creative projects deliver activities that enhance the adults and older people’s enjoyment of movement and interactivity.
Such programmes can be developed for specific partners engaged in delivering adults and older people’s programmes or can be merged with existing outreach work and participatory events.
Akademi is currently investigating best models of developing dance and movement-based programmes for older adults. Through a grant from Arts Council England, London, artists Joan Pires and Amina Khayyam are working with older adults at the Surma Centre, Camden, and Asian Elders in Ealing, on an action research project.
The Baring Foundation will be supporting Akademi for the next three years to develop Akademi's practice in this important field.