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mindyourmind’s First Virtual Paint Night
A few nights ago, mindyourmind hosted our first Virtual Paint Night!
We wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of the wonderful people who have been involved with us over the past few months, and we thought a Paint Night would be a nice way to show our appreciation. So, we sent out invites, and soon had almost 20 people from across the country painting together in a Zoom hangout! Our guest list included previous mindyourmind youth group participants, some of our staff team members, and even a few kids!
Paint Cabin, a Toronto-based social arts studio, shipped out paint kits to our participants beforehand. Each one included a canvas, paint, paintbrushes, and a rag, so our painting needs were fully met before we got started!
Spencer from Paint Cabin expertly guided our group through painting a beautiful night sky, complete with mountains, stars, trees, and the signature bright white moon that you see in so many paint night pieces. It was neat to see the variations we all had on the same image. You can check them out in the gallery!
Finally, I’d say that this event wouldn’t have been possible without our #RisingYouth grant. TakingITGlobal, the Government of Canada, and Canada Service Corps generously supported our Paint Night, and we are so appreciative of these programs. Living though a global pandemic is no small feat, and making time to connect with others in a way that is safe, meaningful, and good for our mental health is so important.
If you have a simple project idea to support your community, you can apply for a #RisingYouth grant as well. TakingITGlobal is looking to support youth who are inspired with ideas and ready to take action through their youth-led community service grants. Visit risingyouth.ca to learn more!
...and yes, enjoy our paintings too!
Having recently graduated from Media & the Public Interest at Western University, Simran resides in Markham with her family and her Havanese dog Thor. In addition to passions in mental health, media & cultural theory, and photography & design, Simran loves reading, playing various editions of Halo on Xbox, and dining out. She did her MPI Practicum with mindyourmind this past semester, and she is so excited to be back!