The Breastfeeding Art Expo is a three-year arts-and-health project that will celebrate and support breastfeeding. The project will involve artists and community members from across the Interior Health region who will work to explore the topic of breastfeeding, through art.
Breastfeeding has important medical, social, economic and environmental benefits. This community art project aims to advocate for policies and improve cultural acceptance which will better support mothers to breastfeed.
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The Art Exposition: The Art Expo will include approximately fifteen major community artworks where professional artists work in a team with 5 or more community members. It will also include up to 100 independent art works. The art will include paintings, sculptures, photography, art dolls, Aboriginal artwork, poetry, dance, collage, live art and much more. Film vignettes that will capture the breastfeeding art story will also be part of the Expo. An Art Catalogue will showcase the Expo.
The Tour: The Art Expo will tour to about five key locations across Interior Health geographical region including the Thompson-Cariboo Shuswap, the Kootenays and the Okanagan. This tour may take the form of a traditional showing in an art centre, a school, or hospital, or the showing may be incorporated into a summer street festival. The Art Expo will also be a virtual tour online here at this website for those unable to get to the live Expo.
The Artists: Approximately fifteen professional artists have been selected by the project’s Steering Committee to work on the major community artworks with community members. We have in-kind funding from partner organizations and are in the process of seeking matching funding for the project. We invite non-profit organizations to partner with us on the project.
The beauty of the Breastfeeding Art Expo is that ingenuity and inspiration comes from engagement within individual communities. The community members being mentored by the artists will be shaped by their own personal experiences, which will result in ten unique art pieces that will each have their own impactful story. Our mission is to advocate for policy that will support new mothers to start and continue breastfeeding, by improving breastfeeding awareness and support within communities. Ultimately, our vision is to improve the long-term health of infants and families.
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