THE WELCOME BACK PROJECT
The Welcome Back Project is a community-engaged public art project that brings together collective gestures of belonging, acceptance, healing, peace, social engagement, community building and solidarity through the form of a welcome mat. Participants will be provided with a standard welcome mat and invited to engage with it to offer signals of welcomeness. There are two streams to this project.
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Stream 1: Community Engagement
The first involves community engagement and outreach through public workshops and Public School student participation (Elmdale PS and Canterbury HS). Participants will be creating their own welcome mats that respond to the prompt “What makes a welcoming community?”. These mats will be displayed in Fall 2022 at a location near the Byron-Linear LRT Stage 2. Workshops are sponsored by Studio Space Ottawa.
Stream 2: Community Art Crawl
Eighteen Ottawa-based Visual Artists have accepted the invitation to create critical and contemplative works of art. The linking element for the artists is that each artist will be provided with an identical welcome mat, yet each will engage in a different way through embroidery, textile, printmaking, painting, and more. The completed artworks will be displayed in businesses and public locations as part of an Art Crawl in October 2022.
The Welcome Back Project is offered in conjunction with the Reflection/Inflection Arts Response Project's Public Art Accelerator - Community Engaged Art Project and by the City of Ottawa O-Train Public Art Program.
Cette oeuvre est offerte conjointement avec le Projet d’art communautaire – Accélérateur d’art public du Réflexion - Inflexion projet d’intervention artistique et par le Programme d’art public de l’O-Train de la Ville d'Ottawa.