Accessible Art: Meet Joanne and Jason

In 2020, with support from the Disability Alliance British Columbia's Accessibility Project, the Salt Spring Arts Council is delivering a year-long Accessible Art Therapy project to provide access to art therapy for members of our community with disabilities. Lead by Artist Stefanie Denz and supported by Talia Peckel, we are proud to work with local organizations G.I.F.T.S., Friends and Choices, and Meadowbrook. Beyond providing individual and group tailored creative explorations, the project also aims to bring visibility to local islanders with disabilities. Project participants' work is on display as part of 'creative expressions'  until August 3, in the Mahon Hall Annex Gallery.

Meet Joanne.

Joanne is 66 years young and has lived on Salt Spring for approximately 40 years. Joanne is an intelligent non-verbal communicator with plenty to express. She enjoys journaling, colouring, organizing her personal space, and taking care of her home. Jo especially loves babies and small children (and they usually like her back). She also loves big trucks, heavy machinery, jewelry, and fashionable clothing.  She loves to be well groomed and stay physically fit, go shopping or to restaurants in town, and going off island whenever she gets a chance to adventure or holiday.

Artwork by Joanne:

Meet Jason:

He is 40 years old and has been on Salt Spring for 18 years. Jason loves Salt Spring and says it is his favorite place to live. He enjoys the peacefulness of the countryside and walks his two dogs Bella and Bailey along the forest trails. He swims with a team on and off island. He also plays Golf and Bocce ball. He says, about the art program with Stefanie, that he is “learning more about himself on the inside” through art-making and likes creating stories that make sense of his work. He draws forest scenes and trees in techniques that he learned prior to this program and has been making visual art since he was 5 years old. He is interested in continuing to learn techniques to paint more realistically.  Jason has already been in 4 art shows and has sold his artwork to audience members in the community. Take a moment to say hello to Jason at Country Grocer during one of his next work shifts there!

Artwork by Jason:

July 17, 2020 8:00 AM

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