Innercity Arts Mural

  Innercity Arts was invited to paint a mural at 206 Main St. First, they needed to come up with a concept. Mique Michelle, a local artist, helped guide a group session so the young artists could share their ideas. There were many important issues they wanted to highlight – including mental health, youth homelessness, […]

Colour Outside of the Lines

The world is full of high expectations. Get a higher education they say, then drive this year’s model high end car and get a job with a large firm.   The bar is set so high; it’s unattainable for most. What if – just for a brief moment – one’s value came from simply being […]

A Tough Night

It was a particularly rough start to the night at Innercity Arts. One of the youth had arrived in distress, suffering from a mental health crisis and inebriation. His behaviour was out of control and his health was in danger – so we made the decision to call paramedics. Like so many other young people […]

Learning to Carve

Every year, the Canadian Stone Carving Festival raises funds for Innercity Arts. Many young people from the program help out at the festival, including Larissa, who has volunteered her time the past two years. Whether it is shoveling stones, sweeping up dust, or making sure the carvers have enough water – she is always eager […]

Pancakes and Paintbrushes

They get up early… something that’s not in their nature or character; mornings just aren’t their thing. Brushing the experiences of the previous night off their faces, putting on possibly the only set of clothing they own; making their way to a place of love and acceptance for who they are. The Innercity Freedom Group […]

A Glimpse into Mental Illness

Damon was downtown one afternoon, when he began to sense the ever too familiar feelings of anxiety and depression taking over: quickening heart beat, pain in stomach, and the overwhelming feeling of dread and despair. Negative thoughts started to race through his mind. He had a few hours before art group and worried these feelings […]

The Four Stages

The monarch butterfly is a glorious creature to behold. If you’ve ever witnessed it’s beauty, watching it in flight is a vision you don’t forget.   However, to get to that point in its life there’s a journey and a fight requiring strength and determination.   There are 4 stages in the life cycle of […]

Unicorns & Dragons

  Do you believe in unicorns, jackalopes, fairies, protective dragons, leprechauns at the end of rainbows, singing frogs and baby pigs that dance the jig?   Until 4 years ago my eyes were glued wide shut; to be fixed only on the narrow views seen straight in front with no peripheral options. Thinking there was […]