Opening Reception, Friday, December 7
78 Wharf Street Gallery
The Works of HeART Project is encouraging EVERYONE EVERYWHERE to make a difference by utilizing their creative and artistic talents to spread kindness, promote inclusion, and take a stand against bigotry and bullying.
This Vancouver Island-based group has joined forces with the Nanaimo Arts Council to host an impactful, multimedia art exhibition called the ‘Works of HeART Show’. This is no ordinary exhibit. It comes with a powerful reminder that racism and intolerance are still prevalent today and must be continually challenged.
“Art can be a catalyst for social change,” says project founder, Micki Findlay. “It can push boundaries and break down barriers caused by ignorance and fear. We do not need more walls – we need more understanding.”
The premise of this unique show is based on Chief Dan George’s quote; “The heart never knows the colour of the skin” and celebrates diversity and multiculturalism through an eclectic and dynamic blend of art, music and video.
For more details, you can go to the Events tab at worksofheartproject.com or facebook.com/worksofheartproject.
The exhibition runs from December 4 to January 6, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, at the 78 Wharf Street Gallery in Nanaimo. As it is intended as a ‘Christmas gift’ to the public, admission will be free – from their heart to yours.
For anyone interested in knowing more about the show, while enjoying multicultural music, theatrical performance, meeting the artists, and learning more about the project itself, you are invited to an Opening Reception on Friday, December 7, from 6 to 8 pm - also held at the 78 Wharf Street Gallery. Corner of Commercial and Wharf Street underneath Mon Petit Choux Bakery.) Appies and refreshments will be provided.
The exhibited art will be featured in a film Works of HeART is producing to inspire people worldwide to make a difference. Their goal is to show the film to schools, youth groups, organizations and on social media. If you would like to help with the production costs of the film, you may do so at: gofundme.com/showyourheartfilmlaunch.
Findlay adds, “Art is one of the few things that can connect us all; no matter who we are, where we are from, or what we believe. Can you imagine what could happen if we all chose to use our talents to translate a message of kindness, tolerance and inclusion? That, to me, is art at its finest. And we need that. Perhaps now, more than ever.”
Discover more about this Vancouver Island-based ‘kindness movement’ at www.worksofheartproject.com.
From now until December 20th the Nanaimo Arts Council will be collecting shoe boxes for homeless women (shoeboxproject.com) so we are asking people that are planning on attending our November and December events to bring a shoebox!The holidays are one of the loneliest times of the year for women experiencing homelessness. This year can be different. Donate a shoebox and give a local woman in need comfort, dignity and joy.