L’Arche Art of Belonging program returns for 2017

  • Mar. 7, 2017 3:00 p.m.

Clinton and Larissa practise ‘pass the face’ as the group prepares to create self-portraits as a way of expressing who we are.

L’Arche Comox Valley is launch- ing the second annual Art of Be- longing program, an opportunity to celebrate community, creativity and the wondrous variety of our beings. This year, the theme is “Belonging as I am.”

The Art of Belonging program is centred around an eight-week art workshop and will culminate in an evening (April 28) where the work- shop art as well as art from wider community and written works are celebrated.

In the workshop, Dean Bauche, a visiting artist from Saskatchewan, is guiding a group of people with diverse abilities and disabilities in the process of creating self-por- traits to help express who we are. It’s an exciting process, filled with laughter, sharing and expressions of courage and vulnerability.

To help bring the conversation about belonging to our community, L’Arche is also inviting artists in the

Comox Valley to submit self-por- traits.

The way we define self-portraits for the Art of Belonging is best expressed by artist Jurgen Teller. “Everything in a wide sense is a kind of a self-portrait. It’s just the way you see things and you’re cu- rious about certain things and just excited about them.”

Writers will also be invited to submit short pieces along the same themes of identity, diversity and belonging.

If you would like to know more or to learn how to submit a piece of art or written work, visit lar- checomoxvalley.org or call Debby Howard (250-897-0295)

L’Arche is an international orga- nization founded by Jean Vanier, with a thriving community in the Comox Valley. One of the founda- tional principals of L’Arche is that all of us, regardless of our disabili- ties, have gifts to share.

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