The Community Arts Council is committed to providing innovative programming that addresses healing and overall wellness.
As part of the 100th Anniversary of the City of Prince George, the community arts council collaborated with the Prince George Citizen in executing the “Alphabet Project”. For 26 weeks, the front page of The Citizen Extra featured a piece of art by a local artist. By the end, there was a digital gallery of local art representing each letter of the alphabet. The project had a very high viewership and received tremendous accolades and support from members of the community. A high-end, bound, printed version of the project is currently in production and will be made available at our upcoming 2016 Studio Fair.
Another highlight of last year was the work done in bringing visual arts to members of the community in a health and wellness project. The multi-component program is entitled “Kikiwin” and was developed to address the role that art can play in healing and overall wellness. Kikiwin is a Cree word for healing a wound. The project components were meant to engage a wider audience, including seniors, youth-at-risk and Aboriginal community members. As a result we are facilitating an art program at Ron Brent Elementary School, and a local graphic artist worked over the summer with on a graphic novel project at the Prince George Youth Containment Centre. The youth involved in the project had an opportunity to tell their own story, but create their own ending to the story. The program promoted both visual design and literacy skills.
Another Kikiwin component was the “Art of Memory” program which engaged senior residents with artists to talk about and share their early memories about the area. Each participant was assigned to an artist to paint or create a visual portrayal of one of their key memories. These were all presented at a large public gathering of several hundred people at the Prince George Public Library. The artists were able to exhibit their work, and the individual senior was presented with their artwork. A wide range of media were used. The exhibit then travelled to the community of Dunster BC, where community arts council staff and presenters worked with a group of residents there who subsequently shared their own memories.