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‘Soar’ exhibition: Celebrating our ABILITY to fly, sing and SOAR through the ARTS

March 9 - April 2, 2023

Opening Reception: Saturday March 25 from 1-4PM

Our SUPPORTIVE ARTS groups will be filling the gallery with their interpretations of our avian friends! Migrating birds, land birds, sea birds, birds of prey, sparrows, swallows and songbirds – they all have unique traits and skills that make them powerful.

As we explore flight, song, and soaring, we are also invited to consider the metaphors within. We can consider how we explore and appreciate unknown places and unknown ways of being. How to see things from a new perspective, (a “birds-eye view”), and how to navigate the challenges of diversity as part of a larger group (or flock). In art, as in life, when we are celebrated for who we are, we can find courage to express ourselves creatively and connect with the world around us.

In this exhibition, over 80 Supportive Arts artists are featured and were engaged with ideas collectivity and individuality. Working with various materials, they explored different ways to represent our theme of TAKING FLIGHT. Working within a theme allowed these artists to explore a range of ideas and to find their own unique voice. Each artist was able to engage their individual creativity and self-expression with each of the three art projects in the gallery, while appreciating and supporting the diverse approaches of others.

Being able to make art together and appreciate the many ways we each experience the world is fundamental to being an artist. The group of artists in this exhibition have developed representational and material skills over time.  Using mindfulness, reflection and positive group critiquing skills, they have also grown their art making into a powerful practice. THINKING, FEELING, and MAKING together is what makes these artists fly. We hope that you will be uplifted by their work and be inspired to find the things in your life that uplift you and help you SOAR!

 


Background

This exhibition celebrates the work of the Elora Centre for the Arts’ SUPPORTIVE ARTS program for adults with (dis)abilities.

SUPPORTIVE ARTS welcomes individuals and their caregivers from Wellington County to a weekly program offering mindfulness, arts-based learning, and compelling artistic experiences at the Elora Centre for the Arts. This unique program aims to enhance the life of everyone through creativity and connection.

Now in its 5th year, Supportive Arts has grown thanks to our community of participants, partner day programs, caregivers, our team of dedicated volunteers, guest artists, and arts educators. With such an expansive team, we are able to bring a diversity of challenging projects to our 80+ program participants four times a week.

In 2019, we received a generous 3 year GROW grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, allowing the program to SOAR and expand each year to serve the growing demand for inclusive arts programming in our community.  We are so grateful for their support!