In the Autumn of 2015, WP Puppet Theatre launched View from the Inside, a puppetry based arts project exploring the experiences of Calgarians who struggle in different ways with mental wellness. In Autumn 2015 and winter 2016, professional project leaders guided participants through an art making process where stories inspired the creation of mask – body puppets.
We collaborated with four partner agencies for the delivery of 16 workshops in total (4 sessions of 4 workshops each). We were pleased to work with youth, adults, and seniors with the following organizations:
- Circle of Supportswhose mandate is to strengthen school engagement of Aboriginal youth with the goal of High School graduation
- Studio C, an award-winning collaborative art centre in downtown Calgary who breaks down barriers and creates an inclusive culture through the arts.
- Pathways to Housing, a project of The Alex, which supports chronically homeless individuals who suffer from major mental illnesses or struggle with the justice system.
- United Active Living at Garrison Green who aims to transform the experience of aging through a strong commitment to active living.
We were pleased to present two exhibitions, View from the Inside: Courage Journey, at This is My City Festival 2016 (TMC), in collaboration with The New Gallery (TNG), United Active Living, and TMC featuring the masks of the four participating organizations.
We also presented a talk and mask making workshop at Puppet Power :: Connecting Generations Conference. An exhibition is currently being planned for 2017 and the View from the Inside workshops are now available to book for any organization.
Thank you to our project leaders!
Our leaders brought a wide range of skills and experience in arts, health and mediation:
Glenn Taylor: Youth drama teacher focusing on physical and vocal training and media technologies
Allan Rosales: Art/Drama therapist, experience in domestic violence & homelessness mediation
Robin Metcalfe: Human rights, social policy, governance, ethics
Wendy Passmore-Godfrey: Artistic Director of WP Puppet Theatre, experience in hands on, inquiry based teaching
Thank you to our generous donors and funders!
Their support helped us bring this program to four different organizations for a total of sixteen workshops and enhance the mental wellness of the participants!
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Several anonymous donors
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