WP Puppet Theatre promotes mental wellness through puppetry on GivingTuesday

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Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  …now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 1, 2015.

It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

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view 2WP Puppet Theatre is proud to be a Giving Tuesday partner!  We have started a new program this year called View from the Insidea puppetry based arts project exploring the experiences of Calgarians who struggle in different ways with mental wellness.

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Four professional project leaders are guiding participants through an art making process where stories inspire the creation of mask – body puppets. We are currently running a fundraising campaign on InvestYYC to offset some of the costs to providing this program free of charge to participants.Funds raised through Invest YYC will be matched by another confirmed funding source.

 

 

View Circle PinterestWe are collaborating with four partner agencies for the delivery of 16 workshops in total (4 sessions of 4 workshops each) – these are delivered to the agencies free of charge. We are pleased to be working with youth, adults, and seniors with the following organizations: the Boys & Girls Club’s Circle of Supports program for Aboriginal youth; Studio CPathways to Housing, a project of The Alex, which supports homeless individuals who suffer from major mental illnesses, and United Active Living at Garrison Green who aims to transform the experience of ageing. Your donation not only helps WP Puppet Theatre accomplish its goals but also the goals and needs of four other organizations!  Please donate today on InvestYYC.

Emerging research suggests that creative arts therapies and experiences can help to reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and quality of life. View from the Inside gives participants the opportunity to bring to light their experiences of challenge and resiliency through art making, storytelling, drama and movement, live puppetry performance and media technologies.

While the individuals who participate in the program may face many barriers including homelessness, learning delays, and isolation; a common thread that binds us all together is the essential experience and fluid nature, the highs and lows, of mental wellness. Participants will explore their creativity, problem solving skills and stories of hope. The project results will be featured in 2016 at This is my City Festival and at WP Puppet Theatre’s Puppet Power 2016: Connecting Generations conference.

 

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