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Art meets reconciliation at unique Orillia event January 26

Art project workshop aims to 'awaken the imagination and engage creativity' in pursuit of truth and reconciliation
2019-01-04 Austin and Beverly Clarkson
Austin and Beverly Clarkson, founders of the Gshkoziwin Collective, will present a Reconciliation Art Project Workshop in Orillia Jan. 26. Contributed photo

St. Paul’s Centre, in collaboration with Gshkoziwin Collective, presents a Reconciliation Art Project Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Centre, 62 Peter St. N., Orillia.

The Gshkoziwin Collective is dedicated to providing programs that awaken the imagination and engage the creativity in groups of all ages on behalf of Truth and Reconciliation.

Gshkoziwin’s founders and lead mentors are Austin and Beverly Clarkson, formerly from Toronto, now residing in Barrie.

Austin Clarkson, Ph.D., professor of music (ret.), York University, directed Foundations of Creative Imagination, which led to the founding of the Milkweed Collective, and now, Gshkoziwin.

Austin has given workshops internationally and is author of, My Mind a Beautiful Thing: Imagination, Art, Creativity in Elementary Education (2011).

Beverly Bond Clarkson, M.A., C.A.P.T., was a singer, violinist and composer. After graduating from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, Beverly established a private practice as a psychotherapist and joined the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts.

Beverly was on the staff of the Foundations of Creative Imagination course at York University and for seven years led dream groups for the Temagami Vision Quest program. Retired from her practice, Beverly is currently writing her memoirs.

The Reconciliation Art Project Workshop will be held in Macdonald Hall at St. Paul’s Centre, which is currently home to the Call #83 Art Exhibit, a group show featuring work from eight Indigenous and eight non-Indigenous artists from the Simcoe County area, a response to Call #83 in the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

These works will provide a jumping-off point for participants to explore their own creativity around reconciliation, facilitated by these extraordinary mentors and their Gshkoziwin staff.

In a supportive environment, participants will create their own pieces, share their stories and learn from each other. They will awaken their creativity and be inspired by each other and their surroundings.

The day-long workshop cost is $50 for adults and $30 for seniors/students.

Everyone is welcome, no previous artistic experience is needed.

Participants can register by calling, emailing, or dropping in to St. Paul’s Centre’s office, open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,, 705-326-7351, ext. 5.

Participants are asked to bring a lunch; microwave and hot and cold beverages will be available. For more information, please go here.