Senior Artists’ Research Project
In 2006, a group of artists’ associations and individuals came together in response to the growing awareness that senior Canadian artists are experiencing significant challenges. Before they could develop the programs and services to respond to these challenges, they realized they needed quantitative data.
In 2009, they launched the Senior Artists Research Project (SARP), a 3-year study investigating the circumstances, situation, needs and interests of Canadian senior artists, looking at what services are presently available to them, and examining relevant international models: complete summary of findings
In 2011, the SARP steering Committee agreed to launch the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN), a new organization that would be focused exclusively on assisting professional artists to live out their senior years in dignity and respect.