Inspiring Transformation


INSPIRING TRANSFORMATION

Inspiring Transformation is MAMC’s first partnership with the Adult Day Program at West Neighbourhood House(WNH) The program caters to vulnerable seniors experiencing social isolation, physical impairments, living with Alzheimer’s, or recovering from a stroke or health emergency.

MAMC’s  8-weekly sessions successfully inspired transformation in a group of wise, resilient senior women of Portuguese, Vietnamese, American, and Central American backgrounds. They spoke of their challenges as immigrants, the dislocations of leaving their place of birth to start a new life in a new language.

Provocations of place, memory, and belonging are milestones at the core of everyone’s lived experience. The artwork became a way of sharing and making new connections as they created each new page in their accordion books. 

Thank you to Joshua Bowyer, and Beatriz Vas Gomez of WNH for their support and enthusiasm for the project.

In the words of the participants.
 “I don’t believe this work is mine, but it is mine and I love it.” Irene

“I haven’t taken any art classes in years, I have Parkinson’s Disease, my fingers are frozen but low and behold, I can paint - It’s a different part of the brain!” - Bonnie

"The 'Inspiring Transformations' project was a truly enriching experience.  Watching our Seniors grow each week in their confidence, ideas, and efforts made this project a resounding success. We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Elena and Vanessa and look forward to seeing the continued positive impact their efforts have on communities across the city."

Joshua Bowyer, West Neighbourhood House  

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Making Art Making Change is a non-profit charity committed to giving voice to individuals in a group setting within communities through the use of visual arts.

Our experienced artist educators are committed to creating a safe space and engaging projects where participants can explore artistic expression while developing self-awareness, collaboration skills and original creative thinking. Our focus is to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, thereby strengthening community bonds and reducing isolation.

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