Resilient Hearts Project
Resilient Hearts is a community-driven art project fuelled by the strengths and stories of people in Thunder Bay.
Through inclusive arts programming, participants in under-represented neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay explored and self-defined topics related to sexual violence including: Resilience/Strength, Healthy Relationships, Boundaries, and Self-care.
These definitions became the roots of more than 40 artist-run community workshops with each neighbourhood group and participants ranging in age from toddler to senior. Art workshops included (but were not limited to): visual art, spoken/written word, illustration, poetry, textile arts, collage, sculpture, creative moment, DIY culture (zine-making), and storytelling.
Community Partners: Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, Faye Peterson House, Community Action Group, Community Clothing Assistance, Thunder Bay Boys & Girls Club, Thunder Bay & Area Victim Services.
Artists involved in the project: Eleanor Albanese, Shannon Bateman, Barbara Benwell, Pam Cain, Betty Carpick, Ma-Nee Chacaby, Jayal Chung, Alana Forslund, Zoe Gordon, Stacey Hare Hodgins, Carol Kajorinne, Sierra Nowegejick, Joanne Otte, Claudia Otto, and Janelle Wawia.
Many workshop creations were compiled into a book entitled Resilient Hearts (June 2017), and also inspired I Am SINCERE, an animated short that expresses the spirit of the Resilient Hearts Project.
Funding for this project is provided by the Government of Ontario (It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment), and administered by the Ontario Arts Council.