CSARN - Helping Canada’s Senior Artists Home

C*SARN was created to promote, protect and preserve a precious resource: the accumulated talent and artistry of Canada’s older professional creators.

Artists don’t retire. Their creative juices don’t shut off at 65, 75, or 85. Their art doesn't diminish with age. Nor does their contribution to our culture.  

But age does present challenges.  There are fewer roles for musicians or actors. Few qualify for a pension or RRSP. Health, family, and living issues make it difficult to practice their art.

Formerly known as the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network, C*SARN [pronounced
see-sarn] helps Canada’s senior professional artists maintain creative and healthy lives through a number of programs: mentorship, seminars, our annual Maintaining Creativity conference, our Salons, our Seniors’ Care Advisory Program, and the resource section of our website.

C*SARN is a signatory to the Canadian Creative Industry’s Code of Conduct.

Welcome to Honorary Board Member Gordon Pinsent Artistic Advisory Council Peggy Baker Laurie Brown Max Dean Rita Shelton Deverell Douglas Gibson Martha Henry Brenda Hoffert Paul Hoffert Sheila McCarthy R.H. Thomson Join Us/Support Us Join CSARN


C*SARN has a very busy fall season ahead. On October 16, we will be presenting Maintaining Creativity 4: Inspiration, at the Toronto Reference Library. Our annual conference will feature appearances by keynote speaker Sheila McCarthy, Governor-General Award-winner Bruce Eves, pianist Joe Sealy, and others. Complete details can be found here.

In addition, our C*SARN Salons will resume in September. Click here for details.

C*SARN is pleased to have been featured in the Spring-Summer 2019 edition of Canadian Actors’ Equtiy Association’s EQ Magazine. You can read it here.

From September 16 to 24, we will be travelling to the Prairie provinces to introduce our services. C*SARN Executive Director Scott Walker will visit Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Our free sessions will include a seminar on Social Media for Artists. Refreshments will also be served.

 Details and registration information can be found here.

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