Chance, Winnipeg MB
Tell us a little about yourselfI am the Community Well-Being Coordinator for a small community revitalization project called Central Neighbourhoods located in the inner city of Winnipeg, MB. I am an aggressive park rollerskater, Hons Kinesiology major, and a big jokester who has a passion for community building. The pandemic has ceased all community activities in Winnipeg which has me worried for our impoverished inner-city residents that I work with. The inner city has the highest rates of poverty and the lowest rates of access to technology. It leaves me sleepless at night thinking about all the people that are slipping through the cracks here.
Tell us about your #MakeWaves project
"The Seniors Walking Gallery" is a wellbeing-promotion arts initiative that connects seniors to art supplies within Central Winnipeg, in Manitoba. The program inspiration was created through a small Facebook initiative called the “Winnipeg Walking Gallery”, a community project where those living on designated walking routes in Winnipeg place homemade art in their window or on their lawn. However, residents in central do not have that privilege due to systemic barriers such as poverty and lack of access to art supplies, lower homeownership, high rates of area violence, lack of well-groomed walking paths, lack of affordable shopping locations, lack of transportation, and social isolation.
I am pairing with local art organizations to create drop off art and well-being kits for those living in the local 55+ buildings who lack internet connection and devices and might be further isolated in these times. Through this initiative, older adults will be able to create works of art, access recipes, receive art supplies, and create meaningful art within their own living spaces and curate their very own Walking Art Gallery.
Who inspired you?We have a very artistic community in Winnipeg, especially an organization called "ArtsJunktion" which is a by-donation art supply and workshop space. They are currently making drop off craft kits and it has already had such a great positive impact here.
A message to share with the community
Though this project is in direct response to COVID-19, I hope to keep this project going after social distancing to continue to meet the needs of those living within the inner city of Winnipeg.
We want to extend a CHI MIIGWETCH/BIG THANK YOU to our community partners near and far for their donations to our "55+ Well-Being Kits!"
- #CapitalKDistillery for their donation of personal use hand sanitizers
- @vessifootwear for their generous donation that allowed us to purchase accessible word puzzle booklets and colouring supplies.
We couldn't do it without the help of community organizations coming together and supporting one another in reaching those at high risk and in isolation. We are so grateful for community partnerships and hope to build more across the neighbourhood.
If your organization wants to get involved, contact Community Well-Being Coordinator Chance at Chance@spenceneighbourhood.org