The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“Royal City Manor Breaks Barriers through Art”
by residents of Royal City Manor
July 27 – 31, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 27, 6 – 8pm
*ARTISTS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON THE WEEKEND*
Royal City Manor’s ‘Creative Corner’ initiative has assembled a number of resident artists who have been creating various forms of art as a means of connecting us with the past, present and future. Although these artists have a variety of cognitive and physical impairments, they do not actively dwell on their deficits, loss and sadness that normally dominate discussions around memory loss and dementia. Rather, these artists take the opportunity to focus on the positive through their communication, creativity, and social interaction in a structured program. They live in the moment and interact meaningfully with those around them.
The visual art that is being presented may trigger dormant memories and emotions, hopefully inspiring conversations amongst residents, families and visitors that normally struggle with the loss of a loved one’s life-long identity. Understanding that each individual’s journey is special, the artwork represents a diverse palette of lived emotions, perceptions and experiences. It offers hope and inspiration to those who reflect and critique on the piece at hand. Through various mediums, the residents are truly able to express themselves and validate their quality of life. This exhibit promotes the principles of continued learning, wellness, and creativity whilst impacting a person’s sense of self, relationships and enjoyment of life. It celebrates the motto ‘live life to the fullest’.