Since August 2017 I have had the privilege of establishing community art projects and programs through the direction and development of the Button Factory Arts Outreach program. I am currently working with three distinct organizations: The Sexual Assault Support Centre, The Working Centre at the Green Door, and YMCA’s Newcomer Women to Canada program. Through artistic collaboration, we have continued to provide unique programs within each of these communities tailored to the specific needs of each organization. It has been an inspiring experience to work with so many artists and organizers who have dedicated themselves to positive social change, and the creation of inclusive and supportive environments. The efforts of our numerous collaborators has allowed me to connect artists to a further reach of our programs into the community, offering individuals opportunities to create, collaborate, and explore. I look forward to sharing more specifics of the project. I invite all who are interested in experiencing the work to attend the Outreach Exhibition opening on May 11th.
Thank you to the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation for making it possible to create and sustain these new community connections and partnerships. Without their crucial funding, projects like this would not be possible.
Image: Allie Brenner
Created as part of Collage workshops with the Working Centre's Green Door Art Space