May 5 2020
Art is more important than ever these days, providing comfort and relief.
The WAG strives to continue our mission, by connecting our community with art and the creative process, to promote lifelong learning and dialogue. Read Cara Mason’s story below to hear how we’re trying to connect you with art in these difficult times:
“Just one day after the Quantum Finale, our annual presentation of visual art in partnership with Winnipeg School Division and Children’s Heritage Fund, we announced that WAG Studio would be closing due to COVID-19. I was still riding the high of seeing the positive impact of our art classes, and suddenly found myself having to email hundreds of students to tell them classes were cancelled indefinitely. It was heart breaking.
Before becoming the Learning & Programs Coordinator for WAG Studio, I was a children’s art instructor, and co-creator of the WAG Paint Parties. I started this job because I recognized the importance of creating art. Whether amateur or professional, child or adult, art making has been proven to reduce stress, and connect people. Two things we really need right now. So, stuck in my house, and desperate to find a way to continue providing art to our community, I dusted off my art teacher apron, and started recording some of the lessons I used to teach, often with the help of my 2 year old.
Art is not exclusive to galleries and studios, and we can continue to create in our homes.
Several other members of the studio team are now creating video tutorials, colouring sheets, and offering online classes, because even with closed doors, art can bring us together.”
Today, we’re taking part in #GivingTuesdayNow, please consider a donation if you are able so we can continue supporting access to art and art education, to Manitobans together at home.
Watch this video of the most recent Quantum Art Class: