While culture is considered the Fourth Pillar of sustainable development, we need to take steps to be a part of that development.
Last spring, the community arts partnership Worth Their Salt – Linda Wiebe and Karen Melady – was engaged by Rural Response for Healthy Children to design and facilitate a project to support economic options for women in Huron County, in this case women in the arts. Some challenges identified by these women included isolation and low visibility; gathering in a peer group was the format for exploring and remediating these challenges.
Using arts processes, members of a group diverse in geography, age, creative genre, and stage in creative practice explored the concept of her creative practice as a vessel, how it is both carried by her and carries her in the creative work of her life. Arts processes and peer feedback facilitated the emergence and consolidation of new ideas leading to new possibilities.
Outcomes from the project are underway and are included in the Creative Report being launched Oct. 23 along with the exhibition of process-based artwork and more called Launching Vessels. The launch of the report will happen at Elizabeth’s Art Gallery in Goderich on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The exhibit will be hosted at the gallery until Saturday, Nov. 7.