Healing through the Arts offers six-week art studios for people with disabilities, their family members, support workers, and community members who wish to learn, create, and collaborate alongside those with disabilities.
Registration and participation are free. You may register for multiple sessions, current or upcoming at once. You may attend any or all of the dates in that session. Anyone can register and all artistic skill levels are welcome.
To register, please email Jeremy Jeresky at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, phone number, the session(s) you would like to attend, and (optional) some brief information about your arts background/why you want to attend these sessions.
WHAT IS HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS?
Healing through the Arts aims to celebrate the resiliency and spirit of people returning home to their communities after years of living in institutions. Through six-week 'open studios,' the project encourages participants from diverse backgrounds to build meaningful relationships and to celebrate each other's gifts through arts activities that draw on their stories, experiences, and ideas.
'Open studios' are accessible spaces that foster creativity and participation regardless of skill level and provide an atmosphere of conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression. Each Healing through the Arts studio is composed of six two-hour sessions facilitated by a professional LAIR artist-educator.
The Healing through the Arts project is a partnership between Participation House Support Services, Hutton House, L’Arche London, and the London Arts Council.
Tune in to Express Out: An inclusive community movement experience
“Dance is a communication and this fulfills a basic human need.” Marian Chase.
Each class will begin in a circular formation with the warm up recognizing body parts, breathing patterns and tension to allow for emotional expression and ease in moving and expressing with others.
We will focus on being both a group and providing individual sensorial and movement experiences.
Class concludes with stretches and breath work to unwind and relax.
No dance experience is necessary and all physical abilities are welcome.
Healing through the Arts is funded through the Province of Ontario’s Strategic Program Investment (SPI) Fund as a result of the settlement of the Huronia, Rideau, and Southwestern Regional class actions. Approximately $7.4 million was made available through the SPI Fund for two purposes: (1) to enhance the ability of individuals with developmental disabilities to guide & influence (from systemic & personal points of view) the decisions affecting them and (2) to benefit people with developmental disabilities (including class members) and their families.
For more information about Healing through the Arts,
please contact Jeremy Jeresky
(Curator, Public Programs and Learning)