Crossing Bridges is an art outreach program that employs local artists and art therapists, who develop and deliver arts workshops to advance participants’ personal and social development. Crossing Bridges is a collaboration among social service agencies, artists, community workers and the at-risk communities they serve. Our Philosophy: Each person, no matter how marginalized, should have an opportunity to access and creatively express themselves, experience a sense of connectedness and a chance to be a contributing member of their community.
British Columbia Initiatives
Paul's Club is a social and recreational day program in Vancouver developed to cater to the specific needs of those living with Early Onset Dementia.
PAL Vancouver provides a safe, affordable home for a vibrant community of creative professionals who work, or have worked, in the performing arts. The PAL doors are open to all disciplines—film, television, radio, theatre, dance, music—and just about any occupation within them that you can think of. Priority is given to seniors (55+), persons with disabilities, and those with the greatest housing need.
Presented by the BC Psychological Association, Piece of Mind is an art exhibition showcasing pieces of work that answer the question “What does psychological health mean to you?” Partnered with The Vancouver Public Library for the month of May during CMH week, the Exhibition is brought to you in the Moat Art Gallery at the VPL. The Exhibition also has chapters at UBC, McGill University & an exhibition at SFU in Mar2015 is in the works.
The Planet Ahead Media Arts project was a youth-driven initiative as an offshoot of Condomania. Nine Vancouver youth formed the Planet Ahead Media Arts Collective and with a Canada Council grant worked over a year to develop two videos around gender stereotypes and sexual health. They were facilitated and mentored by Condomania coordinators (Vancouver Coastal Health) and by Hello Cool World. "Stereotypo" looked at gender stereotypes throughout the ages, and "5ensAsian" looked at Asian stereotypes around sexuality.
This project was initiated shortly after the Primary Health Centre in Kaslo, BC opened. The core idea was to use space along the corridors of the Primary Health Centre as gallery space, where local artists' work would be displayed. For the first 6 years (2005-2011) this involved rotating shows every 6-months.