The SpiritArt Program has a clear mission and goals.
Our mission is
- To provide a safe and welcoming art space.
- To offer programming that nurtures spirituality and inspires hope, creativity, growth and healing though artistic expression.
- To build and nurture a sense of community and connection through programming.
- To provide a structure which will sustain connections made and to provide ongoing opportunities for support for people in their spiritual journeys.
There are many great schools and studios in Ottawa offering instruction in the arts ranging from dance to drama, from painting to poetry. If your goal is to improve your technique and learn from an expert, then you’ll easily find what you’re looking for.
But if, on the other hand, your goal is to grow personally and spiritually through your art, to connect to the Source of life and to heal your wounds by using your imagination and creativity, then your options are fewer.
Our Mission at SpiritArt is to offer precisely this kind of artistic exploration; art-making that leads to spiritual growth and a sense of community, the kind of imaginative exploration that focuses on the process rather than the product.
We believe that the creative arts provide one of the best possible paths to growth, healing and healthy community. Why? Because when we engage our imagination in creating something new, something that doesn’t yet exist, we are – by definition! – open to learning and growing. And because, when we are learning and growing we are more likely to find the strength and resources we need to face our hurts and pains and overcome them. AND because, when we’re using our imagination, we are – almost by definition – HAVING FUN!
And fun is something too many of us have too little of.
That’s why SpiritArt has a clear mission and goals that set it apart from most of the other arts-based organizations in the city.
The amazing artists of the Artistic Expressions Studio are holding their second annual show and exhibit, with special concerts and panel discussion to complement the art they have prepared.
Here are the details:
The Artistic Expressions Studio is holding its 2nd annual ART EXHIBIT. The public is invited to view the work of these artists and attend events presented by Special Guests of the Studio on Nov. 13 and 14, evenings, and Sat. afternoon, Nov. 16. The Special Guests include:
- Nov. 13, 7-8 pm, in the sanctuary, The Centretown Brass Quintet, featuring Peter Crouch and Cameron Walker, trumpet, Michel Levasseur, french horn, Trevor Argue, trombone and Corey Rempel, tuba, performing a program of some jazz and blues standards and some original works for brass;
- Nov. 14, 7 pm-9 pm, pianist William Blais of Ambient Melodies playing in the gallery;
- Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m., in the sanctuary, a panel discussion, “Living the Dream – A Healthy Society for All” sponsored by the Douglas Coldwell Foundation. The panel will feature authors and physicians, Vincent Lam and Ryan Meili, and former MP and journalist Dennis Gruending.
The Artistic Expressions Studio is a joint project of Centre 507 and Centretown United church. It’s purpose is to provide an equipped studio space to artists of our community living with a variety of serious challenges. These artists may frequent drop-ins, live in rooming houses, shelters or on the street. Despite these circumstances they are talented and serious artists and their work deserves to be exhibited, admired and collected. Following the events on Nov. 13th and 16th the audience is invited to view The Art Exhibit in the gallery. The Exhibit and all events and will be held at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. at Argyle. All events are free but donations to the Studio are welcome. For more information see centretownunited.org or centre507.org. Free parking is available at Glashan public school, 28 Arlington Ave.
Last year’s show was a huge success, this year it will be even better. Hope to see you there.
We’re hosting an informal dinner and get-together for university students and other young adults at Centretown United Church, corner of Bank and Argyle. We’ll gather between 5 – 5:30 and eat around 6. There’s a simple, fun art activity after the meal, and we’ll be finished by 7:00.
Chili, rice, salad, bread, drinks, and homemade cookies!! A chance to gather, share a meal and visit. Its going to be fun!