The Art Rewired Spotlight Event
On February 01st 2018, The Artis launched its third and most monumental issue in conjunction with the MindForward Brain Injury Services clinic.
The Featured artists, dubbed as the “905’s Group of Four" by The Artis, presented a magnificent body of work at the event, but the real stars of the show were the personal results achieved by the artists.
The Featured artists, dubbed as the “905’s Group of Four" by The Artis was just the beginning of creating a connection.
Many ask, how I met them. In reality, I met their art before I met the people, and their art blew me away. I was already aware of the very real healing and physiological ability art had on rewiring the brain’s neurons to create and build new pathways, but when I saw the art ABI survivors were producing, I wanted the rest of the world to see it as well.
During the show and even within the 3rd issue of The Artis magazine the fact that the artworks were from ABI survivors was not revealed until the Spotlight Event.
The result was magic. The stigma of a disability never entered the equation until everyone had formulated their opinion based on the art they saw. The art was so well received and the fact that the art on the cover and the sneak peaks were produced by individuals with ABI was not revealed until the event.
The spotlight event broke barriers beyond even what I thought possible, and not for a moment was there a divide. Many of these artists have now gone on to enjoy recognition and success advocating for ABI, with a kick-start from our event. I am honoured to have been able to do my part.