Yesterday was Week 3 of Artwells’ Motions and Potions; a 10 week workshop for youth ages 16-25 held Saturday afternoons at Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre (153 Chapel Street, Ottawa).
I have spoken before of my connection to Artswell – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and well being of individuals living with the effects of age, illness or injury. After my graduation from Carleton University’s BSW program, I discovered Artswell simply by searching the Ottawa area for innovative arts-based programming. I had been seeking opportunities to become more involved a community that promoted the use of interactive art programs as I see the arts as having endless benefits . I was seeking out opportunities to engage with like-minded caregivers. Artswell is a unique organization – their professional artists and therapists work in various mediums along with talented musicians to provide an amazing experience which allows participants to discover the creative process within a safe and friendly envirionment. Motions and Potions is but one of these programs and my involvement with Artswell as an artist and facilitator gives me great pleasure.
Week 3 focused on Amulets and Talismans – facilitator JENNiFER RYDER-JONES lead a discussion and workshop where participants were encouraged to think about the healing power of amulets and talismans as a medium for which they could discover more about their individual abilities and their strengths. Talismans, or amulets – are considered to possess supernatural powers that are placed on the object by an outside force. They are usually inanimate objects, and can often become sentimental objects or souvenirs of some kind – looking at them they can usually evoke a certain emotional response.
I can’t speak highly enough about Artswell – and its clear to me within these workshops that participants can and do make new connections, and more so they provide a vehicle for them to develop their communication, validate feelings and encourage social interaction.
Take a look at some photos I took below, you will see the beautiful works done by participants. For more on Artswell and their programming please check www.artswell.ca