I have been the art facilitator at the West End Seniors’ Network for a couple of years now and I have a background in graphic arts and fine arts. My role, currently, is very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When I started, my role was to primarily set up the art room, make the tea, and arrange the snacks (which were brought in by the members). Because we can no longer meet in person, I started a weekly newsletter – the COVID-19 ART CHALLENGE – where anyone can submit their art, paintings, photographs or creative writings. The COVID-19 ART CHALLENGE allows members to keep meaningful connections with each other and it is a great way to share what they are creating.
At the time of writing this we had just sent out the WEEK 58 newsletter. If you have ventured to the West End Community Centre in the last year or so, you might have seen our art exhibition in the display gallery there (possibly the longest exhibition they have ever had). This art exhibit was a group effort but it was started and carried out through the efforts and passion of Patricia Haley-Tsui. We all thank her for her amazing accomplishments. I find volunteering a great way of sharing what I know and learning from others. The Arts are important, not a frivolous luxury.