Expressive Arts Program wins 13th Annual Mayor’s Community Safety Award
The Expressive Arts Program was formed at NorWest Community Health Centres in 2019 to improve community well-being. People struggling with mental health challenges find comfort and companionship in this welcoming group. Over 16 weeks, a NorWest community health worker and a community expressive arts facilitator teach participants ways to utilize art as a means of expressing their emotions, coping with stress, and building confidence. The instructors create a comfortable environment for everyone, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion that buffers the experience of social anxiety. Through this program, people find an inspiring community to support their efforts and positively channel their energy into creative projects. The Expressive Arts Program infuses growth and friendship, leading to a safer and more supportive community.