Art is a common way to express emotion and convey different moods, and can be an uplifting and enlightening experience as a therapeutic exercise. For students living with developmental disabilities at David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, art helps them to express their thoughts, feelings, impressions, and insights.
“Our students may have learning differences, but they wish to contribute in their own way to the happiness and well-being of everyone in their community. They also naturally reflect and appreciate the bright healing colours of artists like Morriseau and Kohol,” said Raj Singh, a teacher at the David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute.
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH) was honoured to receive the school’s annual art exhibit in February. More than 15 colourful pieces are currently on display in the Artists’ Walkway at the General site for all to admire. The displayed works were inspired by the spiritual paint on canvass works of renowned aboriginal Canadian artist, Norval Morriseau.
“We are so thrilled to share the work by these young artists with the hospital’s patients, staff, and visitors,” said Florence Edebiri, Interim Manager of Volunteer Services for SRH’s General and Birchmount sites.
“The Artists’ Walkway has displayed many works from community members over the years, and we’re excited to include these now,” said Ruth Joyce, volunteer lead for the Artists’ Walkway program.
The Artists’ Walkway at SRH was created as a labour of love by a former staff member. The program has carried on as an ongoing “Hang Art, Lift Hearts” initiative managed by SRH’s Volunteer Services department.
The art installation will remain in the Artists’ Walkway for all community members to enjoy until March 10.