Among the challenges, this year has also presented us with the ability to cultivate resilience.

The Bateman Foundation is encouraging and inviting you to express your resilience through art for a free community event and art project.

On Wednesday, September 1st, as part of their end of summer kick off, participants can go to the Bateman Gallery between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to create a self portrait with that resilience in mind.

The activity will be facilitated by Art Therapist, Kaitlin McManus, to guide people through their mental wellness and insight. All materials will be provided.

The Bateman Gallery is encouraging participants to reflect on these questions:

  • What is a personal strength that you possess?
  • What has offered you comfort or support over the past year?
  • What has helped you to be resilient during these challenging times?
  • What words of comfort would you like to share with our community?

This is your chance to consider, share, and celebrate your personal strengths and resilience over the past year.

In conclusion of the event, a free exhibition of the created artworks at the Bateman Gallery will be offered to anyone interested.

The Bateman Gallery also offers free drop-in therapeutic art classes for people of all ages, backgrounds, and artistic ability.

In these sessions, participants can use various materials to create what they wish with an art therapist on site for mental wellness, insight, and assistance.

“The drop-in program is a place to express your unique creativity and find support in each other, through community, in these difficult and isolating times,” Bateman Fountain said in a press release.

Celebrating Community Resilience – Kickoff Event

  • Where: The Bateman Gallery, 470 Belleville St
  • When: Wednesday, September 1st, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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