VIEW from the Inside is an award winning puppetry-based workshop that promotes awareness and discussion about mental wellness. Through the creation, exhibition and performance of a self-reflective mask-body puppet, participants develop community, foster resiliency and gain a voice for their stories.
“The idea was special and unique… it was the first time I enjoyed art, like that I can hide secrets…
Everything was special, the whole thing. It made you accept yourself, all sides… love yourself.” —Syrian Refugee Youth
The VIEW project has four components providing a unique and innovative approach:
- “Public Me,” where participants create the outside of the mask through exploring trust, team building, how they present themselves to others, and perceive how others see them;
- “Private Me” represents participants’ inner selves; they collect images, ephemera and other objects to fill the inside of their masks;
- “Connected to Me” represents relationships with their community and their own personal history. Here participants attach objects to their mask that symbolize these outside connections; and
- “Presenting Me” focusses on mask-puppet manipulation and sharing the above stories or artistic statements.
VIEW from the Inside workshops include reflection, community building and discussion about mental health and wellness. Recent research on art and art therapy indicate that these activities reduce symptoms of depression and trauma, improve mood, and increase sociability and social engagement.
VIEW demonstrates that puppets have a special power as metaphors and proxies, transcending time and culture. The creative process can help diverse groups of people to better understand each other, promote diversity, and inclusion, and provides a platform to express significant social issues. Our goal is to de-stigmatize mental health, and promote connection, empathy and openness amongst participants.
“I want someone to look at my mask and see that it is powerful… It is a metaphor for how I see myself now…
What it has done for me is a lot of healing.” —Donna
Mental health affects everyone regardless of age, education, income or culture and VIEW’s impact has compelled WP Puppet Theatre to find ways to expand to serve two specific populations seniors and students in grades 9 to 12 but can be adapted for staff team building, and self care workshops. We will work you to tailor the program to fit the your participants’ needs.
“Art has the ability to heal and transform. Art has the ability to soothe your soul…
The process of doing the mask and evaluating who am I, helped get back in touch with who I lost. ” —Eli
VIEW from the Inside is funded by donations, sponsorships, or grants. Your support will create opportunities for people to experience improved mental health and community connection by taking part in VIEW without barrier.