By Lisa Cyr
Since the beginning of May, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter has disbursed over 20 art kits to women and their children in this community.
The art kits, which are funded through the shelter’s new COVID-19 social response program, are part of the shelter’s larger women’s outreach program, Moving Forward.
The shelter recently received funds from the Columbia Basin Trust to offer social support to isolated or vulnerable men and women in the community during the pandemic and beyond through its peer group support groups and individual outreach, which provides support in obtaining essential goods such as food, prescriptions and more.
|A child enjoying watercolour paint provided by the shelter. (Submitted)|
“The idea emerged as a way to continue our art program online. Providing individuals, children and families with the supplies to explore creativity and connection while at home, and seeing the excitement in the Moving Forward community has inspired me to keep expanding the art kit program for any Revelstoke family,” said Moving Forward coordinator, Anneliese Neweduk.
For one mother, the kit has provided her with an activity she can do with her daughter. “I am so grateful for this art kit,” she said. “Not only does it provide me with art supplies I could otherwise not afford, it also gives me some fun activities I can do with my daughter since she is not able to go back to day care or pre-school yet.”
The kits vary based on family size and can include anything from watercolour paints and paper, acrylic paint, canvases, paintbrushes, adult and children’s colouring books, and more, and are one of the many services offered through the Moving Forward program.
Moving Forward also offers weekly yoga classes via zoom, and has recently moved its art classes and ukulele sessions to zoom as well. The program offers self-care tips through its mailing list, as well as other occasional workshops, such as vision board making.
More recently, the program also started providing clients with small tomato and herb pots as well as strawberry starts (upon request), and also released its cook book, which is made up of recipes from transition house clients, staff and program participants. Download the cookbook: http://revelstokewomensshelter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Moving-Forward-2020-Cookbook-web.pdf
The program is open to any woman in the community who feels she could benefit from a supportive group setting. Women interested in the program should contact Anneliese Neweduk, Coordinator: email@example.com or phone 250 814 8387.
Any woman wishing to flee an abusive situation should call the 24 hour crisis line: 250 837 1111.
Levi Nelson art on display in downtown Pemberton – Pique Newsmagazine
Hydro boxes in Pemberton just got a lot more exciting.
Pieces by Levi Nelson, a Lil’wat Nation artist in his last year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, are now installed on hydro boxes along Portage Road and on the utility box at the Downtown Community Barn.
“We are incredibly grateful and honoured that Levi shared his artwork with us,” the Village of Pemberton said on a Facebook post on Friday, June 5.
Nelson’s work has been exhibited at the Talking Stick Festival, the Museum of Anthropology, North Vancouver City Art Scape, and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design Aboriginal Student Art Show. He also recently became the first Lil’wat Nation artist to have a piece in the Audain Art Museum’s permanent collection.
The recent hydro box wraps were made possible thanks to a contribution from BC Hydro’s beautification fund.
Applications being accepted for public art funding – paNOW
Macleod Campbell explained they are also happy to support public art projects as they help to improve the overall quality of life for people in the city.
“It’s nice to have public art for viewing at this time as well as of course supporting the artist,” she said.
Eligible groups can include a range of organizations from local art groups to private businesses. In order to be eligible, the group has to be working with a professional artist and the piece must be displayed publicly.
There is not a hard deadline for people to apply for funding. Macleod Campbell said applications are subject to approval from the art working committee and city council.
Macleod Campbell explained the city is also working to make people aware of the art which is on display in public spaces around the city, as they have created a public art tour brochure. The document is currently available on the city website and they are looking to get physical copies out into the public.
“That’ll be something as well,” said Macleod Campbell.
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Edmonton teen shares love of art with neighbourhood – Global News
Paige Reid is brightening up her Edmonton neighbourhood, one driveway at a time.
The 15-year-old budding artist said chalk art was an easy way to spend less time cooped up in the house.
“It was a way to be outside and still do something I would have done inside anyway. I just wanted to have fun with a new kind of medium,” said Paige.
Before long, her work captured the attention of most of her neighbours in Riverbend.
“I’ve had a lot of kids run up to me and say, ‘Whoa, whoa whoa!’ They’ve been very amazed that I’ve done characters that they recognize.”
Paige soon began to venture out from beyond her own driveway.
“Paige offered to draw a cat on our porch,” said neighbour Shauna Scott. “Every single time someone comes to our door people stop and say, ‘Wow, who did this?’ It gives us a big kick when we open the door.”
The young artist said she doesn’t charge for her drawings, but if someone offers compensation—she’ll use it to buy more chalk.
“People say you can’t put a price on happiness so I don’t want to do that. It’s fun for me. I don’t need a reward for doing something I already want to do,” she said.
Paige’s mom, Cori Reid, said it’s no surprise her daughter spends her day bringing joy to others.
“She’s got a good heart. She’s very kind,” said Reid. “She thinks about other people all the time.”
This neighbourhood Picasso is also helping fill time during long summer days.
“[Because of COVID-19] there’s not a lot for kids to do right now, except for being stuck on the computer and be stuck with school on Zoom, dance class on Zoom. It’s nice to get out and feel productive,” said Reid.
While at the same time, bringing a neighbours a smile, one character at a time.
“I’m very happy I’ve achieved my goal of making other people happy.”
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