Description of Work:
Various media was used in the Wayfinding Art Studio project: oil pastel, crayon, and graphite drawing, blackout poetry, word art with collage from secondhand books and magazines, as well as handouts from Turning Point Recovery Society (TPRS). Participants included people from four different TPRS program locations: Drop in Centre Lunch Program, Emergency Recovery Centre (ERC) residential program, and Richmond Women’s and Men’s Residential Programs, in addition to the staff of the ERC.
Every participant who attended the "Wayfinding Art Studio" art activity sessions had access to art-making supplies. The project aimed to remove barriers with free access to the benefits of creativity. Beyond the direct benefits to participants, the final art exhibition at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch prompted dialogue with those who may not regularly interact with folks experiencing homelessness or substance use.