CSARN [the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network] serves “senior” professional artists in Canada – that is, artists who, either by age or years of experience, consider themselves seniors in their field – in their desire to continue their life’s work as creators, in the visual and performing arts, with the written word, as well as with production teams.

As the voice of Canada’s elder artists, we offer a supportive and like-minded community, as well as programs and services that enable artists of every discipline to remain relevant, connected, informed and inspired.


Current News & Happenings

Join us for the CSARN Online Salons 

We start a new round of OnSalons every three weeks. Click here to view the schedule and to register.

CSARN Congratulates Lynda Hamilton
CSARN joins the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and The Al & Malka Green Artist’s Health Centre in congratulating Lynda Hamilton on receiving the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Arts. Lynda has been a strong supporter of CSARN since our beginning and has just joined our Artistic Advisory. Here is an interview between Lynda and CSARN Executive Director Scott Walker.

MC6 Videos Now Available
Thanks to everyone who attended and helped organize Maintaining Creativity 6. Our annual conference ended November 1st. Videos of each chapter are now available by clicking here.

The Residential School Tragedy
CSARN stands with all First Nations in the unfolding tragedy of unmarked and mass graves at residential schools. The loss of so many children who would now be elders, who should have been sharing their art and culture with new generations, is a heartbreaking loss.

Our board member,  Tom Jackson, has released a music video that speaks to the tragedy. As fellow board member Phillip Silver says, “Let there not be any doubt about the role that the arts can play in healing a broken society.”

Tom has issued a Call to Action: watch the video, reflect on its message, then call someone and tell them you love them. Then suggest they do the same.

COVID-19 Resources:
If you need information on dealing with the coronavirus, CSARN offers a free hotline service called HealthCare Assist & Connect. In addition, our FYI page has links to provincial and federal websites as well as other resources. And check out our Facebook Page where we are sharing some of the ways artists, and people in general, are handling the pandemic.

Get information on the Coronavirus and links to provincial and territorial health sites by clicking the button below.

We have links to various services and programs offered by the Government of Canada, including a calculator that will help you determine what benefits you may be entitled to.

The Government of Ontario provides reductions in hydro bills for low income households. Find out more by clicking the button below. 

The Distinguished Artists Who Advise CSARN

Honorary Board Member
Gordon Pinsent

Advisory Council
Peggy Baker • 
Laurie Brown • Max Dean
Rita Shelton Deverell • Douglas Gibson 
Lynda Hamilton  • Evelyn Hart • Brenda Hoffert
Paul Hoffert • Jani Lauzon • Ranee Lee
Guy Maddin • Sheila McCarthy 
R.H.Thomson • Mary Walsh

In our Community's own words . . .

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