Raising the Curtain | FAQ
1. What is “Raising the Curtain”
Raising the Curtain is a ground-breaking multi-year project that combines Community-based Participatory Research with Community Engaged Arts Practice to explore the question: “What is the lived experience of dementia?” through the ideas, creativity and perspectives of those living it.
Raising the Curtain will involve a series of community-engaged workshops. While the project will lead to a full theatrical production, the first two years are devoted to script development, creative engagement and collaborative research activities.
2. Who is involved in this project?
The project is a partnership between artists (Deer Crossing the Art Farm), health-care professionals (Good Samaritan Society) and academia (Douglas College).
3. What is the duration of this project?
This is a three-year project with three major phases:
Phase I: May 2017 to Dec 2017
Phase II: April 2018 to June 2018
Phase III: Sept 2019 to April 2020
4. Why are you doing it?
To raise awareness about the lived experiences of dementia and aging, and to foster engagement and provide meaningful connections between people with dementia, caregivers and the broader community.
5. Where is this happening?
Lower Sunshine Coast.
6. Who are you recruiting for this project?
Research Participants: They will be involved in several workshops where they will be invited to participate in a range of art-making activities focused on a specific theme related to the lived experience of dementia and aging. These sessions will be audio-recorded and transcribed for data analysis. They will also participate in short structured interviews and focus groups.
Peer Researchers: They will work closely with the Research Coordinator to plan and co-facilitate Community Engaged Arts workshops for people living with dementia. The Peer Researchers will work with the Research team in gathering information, facilitating interviews and focus groups, as well as advocating for the project and age-related issues in the community. Peer Researchers will receive training in research methods, privacy and confidentiality, administering interviews, participant support, and Community Engaged Arts Practice.
7. Why should I get involved?
For participants, this is a great opportunity to attend a series of fun creative workshops. Participants will work with professional artists and other community members on some exciting creative installations and performances. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their work to the community.
For Research Participants, this is a paid position that gives them the opportunity to contribute to an important research project. As people who are living with dementia, they will have an important voice in the way that this project is undertaken.
8. Will my privacy and confidentiality be protected?
Team members and other research participants will know your identity. However, your confidentiality will be maintained in the following ways: you will be asked to select a pseudonym. Your real name will not be used in the analysis or final write-up for the research study. Additionally, we will review all data and strip it of information that could reveal your identity.
9. What will the data from this project be used for?
The data will be used to write research briefs for service providers in the community, academic publications, conference presentations, and possibly other forms of dissemination. The data will also be used to generate art installations and a theatrical production. These activities will raise awareness about the lived experiences of dementia and aging.