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Dose of Art: Know Their Art, Know Their Heart

By Emily Hearn

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci

I have heard many lament the disconnect that people feel amongst one another these days, especially as we suffer the social failures of ‘social’ media. I know you’ve heard this all before. Perhaps, like me, you’re tired of hearing about a problem and being offered very few solutions. I wouldn’t be so bold as to propose that I have a catch-all answer to the social and emotional disconnect that many of us feel, but I do have a few ideas. Allow me to pose just one to you today: art.

I believe (and I’m backed up by some pretty compelling evidence!) that engaging in art can  help us communicate with each other more effectively and build a strong, lasting understanding within our various relationships.

single yellow lines by charlie harrison 2017Single Yellow Lines, 2017, by Charlie Harrison as part of a Created Out of Mind research project.

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Young Change-Makers Hit the Ground Running

By Jane Litchfield

There’s a new group in Guelph for teens who are interested in arts and change making. “Artsy Activists” is a youth-led safe space and activist collective for teens of all backgrounds.

You may have heard about them from their recent “Keeping Families Together” event at Guelph’s Market Square. The group made posters and signs and invited community members to join them in a gathering to show solidarity with families who were separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

flyer imageImage courtesy of Artsy Activists.

GCVI students Sequoia Kim and Elise Kephart launched Artsy Activists in April with funding help from Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Opportunities Award. Their goal is to inspire and empower young people to make a difference through open discussions and working together on community initiatives.

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Showcase of Art on the Street 2018 Award Winners

By Katie Wilde

Summer may be halfway done, but we’re holding on to summer joy by extending our celebration of Art on the Street in a showcase of award-winners’ art.

Guelph Arts Council is fortunate to be located on the main floor of 10C Shared Space at 42 Carden Street – best known as the old Acker’s Furniture building. The first floor community gallery is open to the public 9-5, Monday to Friday, and hosts regularly changing exhibitions and displays.

From August 8 through 30, 2018, stop by to see work by the award-winning artists selected by a team of jurors at this year’s Art on the Street.

winners collage

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Cross-Pollinating Collaborations: The Art of Butterflies

By Silence

A new partnership is blooming in Guelph between Silence: Guelph’s Portal For Adventurous New Sound Events, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and artist nik harron.

Supported by the Guelph Destination Animation Project, “The Art of Butterflies" is a one-day event of workshops, presentations, an art exhibition by adults and one by children, live butterflies, and a unique sensory experience created by artist nik harron, entitled, “MORPHO”.

This free, all-ages event will be held at Silence, 46 Essex St in Guelph, on Saturday, August 25 from 11am to 5pm.

GAC Art of the Butterflies

nik harron's interactive project will be presented throughout the day and explores a musical world of tiny sounds that interact with digital butterflies made of light. nik’s latest interactive project combines projected real time sound visualization with a tactile sound sculpture butterfly that enables viewers to create their own unique experience.

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