The Dream Room Project

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Created in 2008, the 'Dream Room Project' is a not-for-profit that brings hope and inspiration to children in challenging or traumatic situations. For the Winnipeg-based artist, Wanda Luna, this initiative had its roots in a deeply personal experience: her young niece was diagnosed with cancer. During this difficult time Wanda helped her niece paint a large mural across her bedroom and so the 'Dream Room Project' was born.
From there the initiative has grown into painting individual rooms as well as rooms in various organizations and community centres into what the 'Dream Room Project' calls "magical spaces of healing" for youth facing emotional, mental, physical or economic challenges. It has also enlisted the help of other artists, individuals and tradespeople to create the bedroom furnishings that the children envision. The latest project has been a mural at the Ndinawe drop-in centre in WInnipeg, which celebrates the indigenous cultures of Canada & Chile, where it is hoped that the mural will spark a conversation about the "intergenerational impact of historical trauma", according to the art program coordinator at Ndinawe.