Poetry Reading and Artist Talk at the Reach
Communitas Supportive Care Society is hosting a Poetry Reading and Artist Talk at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford on Thursday, May 3rd at 7 pm.
The event celebrates the works of all those who have contributed to the Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health exhibit that is currently on display at the Reach until May 6th. The exhibit paired fourteen poets with fourteen artists. Each poet wrote a poem about their experience with mental illness and was then paired with an artist who interpreted that poem visually. Everyone who took part in the exhibit has some lived experience with mental illness.
Miya Fontaine, poet, was paired with Judy Craig, artist. Miya has lived with mental health challenges since she was a teenager. Judy lives with an acquired brain injury she received as a result of concussion. Both see their art form as a way to give voice and expression to what is happening within them.
“Writing helps me to get things out and to process things in a healthy way,” Miya says.
It is a similar experience for Judy.
“Not only does art let me focus on something positive it enables me to achieve success,” she says.
At the Poetry Reading and Artist Talk, each poem will be read aloud and the corresponding artist will share talk about how they interpreted the poem that they were given. Judy will not be able to attend but her interpretation will be read by the curator of the exhibit. Miya is looking forward to the opportunity to read her poem and says that being part of this show has been a meaningful experience.
“I’m so proud of myself to follow through with this art and poetry show and to have a piece on display there,” she says. “It’s been amazing.”
The Poetry Reading and Artist Talk will be held Thursday May 3rd at 7:00 pm. The event is free and all are welcome. Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health exhibit is presented by Communitas Supportive Care Society and The Reach and is sponsored by Envision Financial and the Lohn Foundation.