Beyond Words: Bloom into Wellness, Winter 22 is an extension of the program created by
BIPOC for BIPOC. The series aims to foster a safe and creative space centred in art healing for
Queen’s University students and members of the Katarokwi/Kingston community who are Black,
Indigenous and people of colour.
Led by Melanie Gray, an Indigenous Art Therapist, this program will allow participants to explore
and engage in discussions around the impact that racism has on them as individuals and
members of the Queen’s and Katarokwi/Kingston community. In addition, art making will allow
participants to work through these heavy themes in a safe and expressive way. Art as healing is
a growing movement that has a lot to offer to people working through emotions that are difficult
to put into words. By creating this program, we hope to help develop a connected community of
individuals with unique and shared experiences who can support one another.
Beyond Words is a free in-person series in the main space of Union Gallery, open to BIPOC
participants exclusively. The upcoming Beyond Words series will take place on the following
Saturday afternoons between 1-3pm: October 22nd and January 28.
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This program is supported by Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Art therapy is the use of the creative process partnered with psychotherapy which offers a
chance for self-exploration and understanding. Art allows us to explore things we may not have
words to explain. While art therapy can be a deep and intense form of counseling, this group will
focus on a lighter form of art therapy— “art as healing.” We will be using art as a tool for
expression and discussion in order to help facilitate healing within our mind, body, and spirit.
SESSION ONE - ARTFUL MIND: COLLAGES TO EXPRESS MENTAL HEALTH
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1-3PM
In this session, the Union Gallery is partnering up with Queer Collage Collectives and invites
participants to reflect individually and collectively to create an art collage piece that relates to
their experience with mental health, their breakthroughs and struggles with mental health, and
reflect on practices that have impacted them. Please note that participants do not have to be
diagnosed to be part of the session, this is a time to come together and share our various
SESSION TWO - CREATING COMMUNITY: A DISCUSSION ON SUSTAINING
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 1-3PM
In this session, the Union Gallery is partnering up with Queen’s BIPOC Talk. Participants will
have the opportunity to discuss the importance of sustaining relationships, develop strategies to
build more sustainable interpersonal relationships, and reflect on their experiences.