“I feel as if I came down off a ladder here” “Since the diagnosis my social life has pretty much dropped” “Sometimes I get stuck, but that is just me” “I hear from others that I’m crazy” Since embarking on the incredible journey that is Raising The Curtain: on the lived experience of Dementia, we have heard some pretty illuminating, heartrenching, and insightful quotes from our participants. Today the last day of January (Alzheimer’s Awareness Month) coincides with #bellletstalk about mental health and we want to acknowledge all the incredible people and organizations working towards a more compassionate world for those who deal with mental health at any point in their lives.
One of our favourite moments from the Underworld Circus.
Engaging the children in art and magic ✨
The audience descends into the Rainforest Circus experience! This year there will be a Rainforest Circus Production! We have taken a couple years off to reimagine a circus that involves more of YOU! As well as a local production we will be collaborating with some fine folks in Sointula BC to bring you 2018’s Rainforest Circus Tour: Submerged . . . . #outdoorperformanceart #outdoortheatre #rainforestcircus
Thank you @vancouverfoundation for featuring Raising The Curtain in their quarterly magazine. View full article https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/about-us/publications/vancouver-foundation-magazine/vancouver-foundation-magazine-fall-2017
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Join us tomorrow 4-6pm for a festive drink and social at Persephone!
With every project we learn more and more about what it takes to collaborate. This project has pushed us further than ever. We have spent the past three months collaborating with a group of researchers, learning to speak each other’s languages & with a group of people living with the experience of dementia, something so outside of our realm of understanding. Everything from concept design and execution involved all three parties, and that is no simple task. We can feel the resistance , the force required to break new ground. It has made for an incredibly meaningful project, and this is just the beginning! Laid out in this image are quotes from participants discussing the experience of receiving the diagnosis. Later these words were used to guide us in our mark making activity.
Welcome to the Art Farm! Costumes, sculptures, puppets oh my!
Creative community building ... building a creative community ... building community creatively? This photo is from Art Crawl 2014 when we featured our property and three local up and coming artists. We love creating opportunities for youth to explore their creativity and share their work with the community. I’m our nine years operating we have seen children in our summer camps become engaged youth, passionate summer students, and active adults in the community. It is a blessing to witness these people unfold. It is in our programming to inspire and empower the soon to be’s in our community. This is, in part, what we mean when we say ‘building a creative community.’ Thanks for listening! . . . . #creativecommunitybuilding #buildingcreativecommunity #youthempowerment #sunshinecoastartcrawl
What a gorgeous Fall it has been on the Sunshine Coast!
We like to hide unexpected items (and people?), bring you into the forest, and let you explore with heightened senses... this has been the basis of a lot of our projects. As we grow older our thoughts and endless lists of tasks blind us from experiencing the full magnitude of what surrounds us. There is much to be awe struck by but we are too busy. . . . . #natureart #salmon #submerged #rainforestcircus #lookaroundyou #looktothechildren
We are well into our weekly Monday workshops with community members living with the early stages of dementia. The work that we do is not so simply quantifiable and it has been a challenge navigating the sensitive nature of the subject whilst collecting useful data. Everyone involved from researcher, participants with the lived experience of dementia, therapeutic rec managers, artists and staff have opened up their hearts and souls in the pursuit of success in this project. It is not an easy research subject, but that is why it is so rarely studied, and why we do not see enough of it in the health care system. We are forging a path of meaningful collaboration which we hope will improve many individuals end of life experience. The woman working on this piece said it was about her dying body which now contained only love and light. The selected title was ‘I’m almost happier now than I used to be.’ . . . . . #thelivedexperienceofdementia #raisingthecurtain #endoflifecare #artinrecreationtherapy #collaboration #communityengagedartspractise #ceap #artbasedparticipatoryresearch
Adding layers as we shed them. We are learning a lot about ourselves in this journey, and about you also. Thanks for everyone’s bravery.
We are going full force right now. Raising The Curtain has been such learning experience thus far as we navigate working together with a research team and individual experiencing early stages of dementia. Tomorrow we are back into creation mode for Resugence Project, our Art Crawl piece. Thankful for the solace of @fuseworkhub #coworkingspace
Last winter we started on a journey exploring the theme Resurgence with the participation of indigenous and non indigenous local artists, youth, and elders. The process has reiterated for us the importance of our mandates to make art that goes back to earth, tell our personal stories, and empower others to engage in creative acts. We participated in powerful workshops led by the organization Indigeneyez and Ecko Aleck, ran youth-facilitated outdoor art classes, and the final exploration of Resurgence will be revealed during the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
This time last year we were being cheeky along the foreshore. Stay tuned for more info on our 2017 Art Crawl happenings! . . . . . #natureart #installationart #forshoreforsale #theforeshoreproject
Working with youth is so inspiring! Their creative minds and drive to learn reminds us why we do what we do. These children go on to be creative youth and then creative adults in our community. . . . #creativecommunitybuilding #buildingthecrestivecommunity #communityengagedartspractise #foreshoreproject #dcafsummercamp
We had our first week with all our participants of Raising The Curtain, including the artist and research teams. We are feeling an overwhelming sense of purpose as we so clearly see the need for this project in our communities. As one of our participants put it, there is a demographic tsunami on its way. The sooner we learn to accept, integrate and connect with our elders the better off we all will be. Follow along for more pearls of wisdom from #raisingthecurtain⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #raisingthecurtainonthelivedexperienceofdementia #dementiaresearch #communityengagedartspractise #artbasedresearch #participatoryresearch
Thanks to everyone who has been working so hard to make this project come to fruition. It's already been such a rewarding process. #raisingthecurtain
Rainforest Circus audience 2015. Luring the community into the woods for theatre, acrobatics, social commentary, and other peculiar happenings.
What a year it has been! This photo is from one snowy day this winter when we partnered up with @indigeneyez for a workshop on the art farm. We had such a beautifully grounding day. Our ongoing project Resurgance is focusing on our relationship with the land and the indigenous people of Sechelt and Squamish nations. We are bringing together local aboriginal and non aboriginal artists for a collaboration in the week leading up to the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
Love a Soames hike on a beautiful clear day in Gibsons.
Soon we will be in action mode on the project Raising The Curtain. The language surrounding this project is a bit of a mouth full so expect some lengthy captions! We call this project arts based participatory research on the lived experience of dementia. It is a collaboration between a research team at Douglas Collage, deer crossing the art farm, and Christiansen Village. Some of the reasons behind doing this work include decreasing stigma of dementia so individuals and families can be more comfortable in the community, learning from and sharing the voice of individuals with the lived experience of dementia, and influencing policy in regards to end of life care. Follow our journey #raisingthecurtain
Acro with Pan during our Circus Camp! Such fun!
Classic art farm masks! Masks have an incredible ability to alter our way of being in the world and give us the freedom to express our many characters.
Join Sandy at @artsbuilding Friday 9:30 - 11am for Little Hands drop in program. Creative play, chats, coffee and snacks. $5 drop in fee.
A highlight of The Foreshore Project was this guerilla art piece made one evening in lower Gibsons. After one of our large scale sculptures was crushed in transit, we had to accept the theme of impermanence. From devastated to determined, we created this piece along the shore and proceeded to watch a single tide return each shell to it's perfect chaos.
One of our all time favourite circus photos from Rainforest Circus: Game of Chance shot by the talented Grant Simmons. We are curious ... which was your favourite Rainforest Circus?
Throw back to last year's Rainforest Circus flash mob in Lower Gibsons. We have had quite a journey working on this Submerged theme and cannot wait to share with you next year!
It is important to us that our projects are intergenerational. It is becoming a normal process to create with children, but stay tuned as we integrate more work with local elders of the community.
Submerged... we had such a great time exploring this theme with our community and communities over seas.
Enjoy the (hazey) long weekend! Thinking of all affected by the BC wildfires.
We are back from an incredible whirlwind of an adventure! Thank you to all who contributed to and participated in the 2017 Rainforest Circus Collaborative Tour.
The Rainforest Circus is spreading!
The Rainforest Circus is off on another adventure! This week Sointula!
Still enjoying the left over art around the farm from our summer solstice party.
All set up at @gpagart for the Gibsons Pavillion show.
Yesterday was magical ✨
Thanks for all the help to make yesterday happen! Happy solstice!
Enjoy the farm tomorrow. You are given permission to slow down and enjoy
Adding on to our mixed media project during the last of our four part after school program. We loved sharing with the kids how music can influence your art making.
The kids enjoyed some freedom last week. Time in the woods, time to be free with space and materials. This week is mixed media with Jo.
Sculpture week started something like this...
Making natural pigment paints with @cocotoasty
Week One - Natural pigments. You can still register online for our after school workshop series. Option to register for single or all three workshops. This week we will be focusing on sculpture.
Four part series of art workshops began yesterday! You can register for single or all three remaining.
Community building at the @artsbuilding! Little Hands with Sandy is for parents and littles. Social and creative time away from home. 9:30 - 11 Fridays.
Thank you Bruce and all the staff at Christensen Village for welcoming the artist and research team behind 'Raising The Curtain'
No reason to hide inside #springawakening
Lucky to have Joah on the team teaching these youth about story telling through film making.
Spring Break art+nature camp at The @artsbuilding. Practicing a lovely activity we learned called Seven Wonders. We are working on a resurgence of story telling.
Come and see the final portion of the Foreshore Project. The group has created a tour of installations along the Lower Gibsons sea walk for the @sunshinecoastartcrawl #humannature #natureart #installationart #theforeshoreproject
Great first day of workshops in Esquimalt. #rainforestcircustour #gleeclub
Great first day exploring the Foreshore with our UBC partners #foreshoreproject #nature #art #ecoassets #ubc
We had so much fun this weekend! Thank you everyone who joined us and explored the theme Submerged. #submergedrainforestcircus #rainforestcircustour
Location scouting with the lovely Keely. #rainforestcircussubmerged #rainforestcircus #outdoortheatre
Our lovely friend and collaborator Joanna wearing Sandy's one of a kind recycled fabric piece for the Coast Modern Design show at @gpagag Photography by @chloeelizabethimagery #upcycledclothes #foundmaterial #recycledclothing #ecofashion #moderndesign
If you've thought you might like to run away with circus... Next week on the art farm we are having the first Sunshine Coast creation week for the 2017 Circus: Submerged. Come and play with us on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th. #rainforestcircus #submerged
We have an opportunity for youth 15-25 to gain paid, professional experience in the arts. Youth will collaborate with mentor artists and create ecological art pieces as part of our Foreshore Project. #foreshoreproject #artnaturechange #communitybuilding #ubc #ecoart #sunshinecoastbc #artistmentorship
Circus is coming to town! We're having a wonderful time with the folks in Sointula! #rainforestcircus #circustour #beatifulbc
Putting the farm in the Art Farm #organic #backyardbounty #food
Having a wonderful time at circus camp! #outdoorcamp #circus #playtolearn #foreshoreproject