Mentally Chill Café was an event advocating mental health care awareness. Exciting, entertaining and engaging. These words describe this night of a mosaic get together. On May 24th commencing at 7 pm the public was invited to witness prose, music and comic relief. The public were invited to partake in baked goods lovingly made and deliciously tasting paid for by donation. City Art Centre connected with those who attended the show. People demonstrated genuine interest and we made positive associations with some of those attending who asserted their intention to visit City Art Centre. Held at John Paul II the venue was fitting to the occasion being spacious and welcoming.
On May 21st beginning at 7 pm a Town Hall was held at Forest City Gallery in conjunction with an exhibition held there called Board Room rendered by Patrick Cruz. The premise was to gather people from different non-profit boards and in a town hall format answer questions and topics posed by Matthew Kyba, Forest City Gallery’s Executive Director, and the general audience. Representing City Art Centre Diana Hodgson and Jeni Peralta (Co-chairs at City Art Centre) listened attentively and answered to the best of their ability issues posed to them. It was an informative meeting were insightful queries were answered with different views sighted by individual representatives of the boards for which they spoke for. London Fuse and Fringe Festival were in attendance as well as other boards.
Members expressed themselves visibly baring their original artwork, no two works similar as members view of the world is sole to their personality. Mental Health is Blooming, held at City Art Centre, was a success and exciting for members as they revealed their unique artwork. Mental Health is Blooming convened for the duration of April 12 – April 18. Festivities for the opening night commenced on April 12. The opening night was full of good food, good conversations and good artwork. This is our annual art show and was distinct from any other as the theme and dynamics of the exhibit was interpreted along the subject of the show and how members singularly deciphered their artwork.
On June 4, our last meeting of the year until September went smoothly. The floor was open for discussion. Like other Board Meetings there was much accomplished. Some loose ends were tied up and the Board Slate was voted in. There was an abundance of free pizza for the people who attended. If as a member you have some questions, bring it towards a Board Member or Volunteer Coordinator. They will voice your concern and direct your inquiries towards the Board Slate. Also, if you want to be part of the board next year City Art Centre would welcome you into our fold.
On June 15, the Walk of Courage was a smashing success. Although attendance was small in numbers, we were jubilant carrying signs for our cause. We covered Downtown London in most places of high levels of traffic communing with the vehicles and furthering the occasion of our event. We navigated the streets of Downtown London holding our posters high being approached by some cars as we walked attracting their honks. Members and supporters were responsible for making the day fun and enjoyable just by being there. Baked goods abounded and raffle prizes were to be by all the participants acknowledging their contribution. City Art Centre would like to thank all the volunteers, members and people who stood with us on this day.
City Art Centre Picnic
On August 17, City Art Centre is holding their annual picnic in magnificent Gibbons Park at 12 noon. There should be lots of good food and company. It is potluck, so bring some portions to share with your fellow picnickers. Bring some poems and stories to be shared with fellow members showcasing your talents. Also, contribute in conversation about the past year at City Art Centre. Make this picnic a memorable one.