Arts Brings Community Together A special art exhibit was on display at Pixie Blue Studio on June 22nd, 2019. The studio hosts regular art class with a group from Community Living Mississauga and it certainly was impressive to see a year’s worth of work curated and hanging on the studio walls. “We try to vary the medium each week”, says program coordinator, Ann Ivy Male, “the individuals work with soft pastels, marker, watercolour and acrylic on canvas.” A support worker is always present during the class and when asked for perspective, Jim Killeen says that “participating in an arts program such as this allows the students to express themselves, it brings out their creative abilities and enhances their interactive skills. As a support worker, I personally feel that when given the opportunity it proves that everyone has value and a skill that just needs to be discovered.” The class is guided by Meena Chopra, artist and poet. She believes that “the energy and sensitivity of the special needs student is remarkable; their artwork comes from the heart.”
Community Living’s vision statement is that “all people will live in a state of dignity and respect, and share in all elements of living in a community which is welcoming, accepting and inclusive of all individuals.” We, at Pixie Blue Studio, feel the same and having the opportunity to bring art into the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities in turn, gives us a sense of pride and accomplishment. The reward comes when a work of art is finished and we get to see eyes light up, it’s a real boost to their self-esteem.
Community Living – (About)
Founded in 1955, Community Living Mississauga is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to individuals who have an intellectual disability. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of people we support, family members and concerned members of the community. Our vision is that all people will live in a state of dignity and respect, and share in all elements of living in a community which is welcoming, accepting and inclusive of all individuals. All people will have the freedom to make choices and decisions that enable them to achieve self-determination. We believe that people who have an intellectual disability have a right to live in the community and to participate actively in community life. Each individual, regardless of disability, should enjoy the full rights of citizenship and the full experience of membership in the community.