Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Hope in the Art


ART has the ability to inspire reflection, expression, understanding, and most importantly, HOPE.  The Centre of Hope in collaboration with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, “I am a person first” Stigma Reduction Program, and Northern Lights Health Foundation invites you to participate in HOPE IN THE ART on Monday, May 26, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Keyano Art Gallery.  This interactive creative reflection will officially kick off Homelessness Awareness Week in Wood Buffalo.

Visual artists of all kinds are invited to display two-dimensional artworks that explore the themes of what homelessness means to them and how it impacts our community.  Finished and ready to display pieces can be dropped off at Keyano Art Gallery during the day on May 26. These works will form the beginnings of an exhibit that will be filled out later in the evening. A selection of works will be invited to form a special future Homelessness Awareness exhibit at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre as part of the Healing Halls program.

We are also looking for artists to join us for the HOPE IN THE ART event and further explore themes and different forms of creative expression, either working alone or collaborating with students, dignitaries, other artists, media representatives or guests.  All the drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, prose and poetry will form an exhibit that will be available for viewing during Homelessness Awareness Week. We also invite musicians and other performing artists to share their talents and creative reflections on this very important theme.

Not only is this an opportunity to reduce the stigma associated with those experiencing homelessness, it is a living laboratory that will demonstrate the power of art to connect people, explore complex social issues, and generate HOPE.  We look forward to seeing you on May 26th for a transformative evening of creativity, fellowship and purpose.

For more information contact:

Barbara Rex
Centre of Hope

Russell Thomas
Arts Council Wood Buffalo

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