Waterloo Region Trauma Service Initiative Art Exhibit

In Health Equity, Project Management, Waterloo Region Trauma Service Initiative by Felix Munger, PhD

Media Release

Art Exhibit – Hope and Help: Overcoming Trauma

An expression of experiences of trauma by residents of our region.

Waterloo Region, Ontario, February 24, 2016: The Waterloo Region Trauma Service Initiative is pleased to announce a unique art exhibit during the month of March at the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE, City Hall, Kitchener. There will be an opening reception held on Thursday March 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM where the community is invited to come and view the artwork, meet some of the artists and join the conversation about trauma, recovery, and hope in the Waterloo Region. The evening will include a spoken word/musical performance focused on one person’s journey towards hope and recovery, followed by the awarding of prizes for the top three art pieces. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Subsequent exhibits will take place during the months of April – June in other locations within the Region.

The idea of an art exhibit came about when the Community Awareness Committee was exploring ways to engage the community and build public awareness about trauma. We were inspired with a quote from Georgina O’Keeffe: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Art is healing and sometimes the only way to express ourselves is to sit down and create. Art can give us back power and choice when we feel we have lost it. The decisions we make in art are ours alone.

A call for submissions asked residents of the Region two questions: How do you express your experiences with trauma? What do the words Hope and Help mean to you? The residents of the region responded with the pieces shown in the collection, 42 in total, a tremendous response.

This Exhibit is hosted by the Waterloo Region Trauma Service Initiative, a collaborative project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The initiative is co-led by four local organizations: Family & Children Services of The Waterloo Region, Carizon Family and Community Services, Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and Sanguen Health Centre.

For more information call 519-741-2200 ext. 7912 or visit: www.kitchener.ca/berlintowerartspace
This exhibit will be shown at a different location within Waterloo Region each month. Due to limited gallery space,

the complete collection may not be shown in each location.

See www.hopeandhelpwr.org to learn more about this initiative.

Contact: Ellin Moorlag, Project Coordinator Waterloo Region Trauma Service Initiative

Email: elin@sscg.org