Making Voice: Women's Creative Narratives

December 18, 2017 | Elsa

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We share stories every day. These days, we share a lot more through multiple social media channels. We share our stories, through words or pictures, because this is how we connect. It is one of the most powerful ways to share our experiences so we can walk in someone else’s shoes and catch a glimpse of their lives.

Personally, sharing one’s story through creative arts is especially impressive. This is because a creator needs to live through personal stories emotionally and mentally and then express all the intricate details through meaningful objects or medium. Viewers, looking at the final piece, will pick up on different aspects and share an understanding of the creator’s story as well as begin to create their own story. 

Women from the community are invited to participate in an 8-week program series and to create artistic narratives with artists Elena Soni and Vanessa Barnett. This is a collaborative project with funding from Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. The programs will take place at Parliament Branch, starting January 9, 2018. Light snacks will be provided.  To register, please call 416-393-7663. Space is limited.

The finished artistic narratives will be exhibited at Toronto Reference Library in March 2018. 

Check out this video of Elena and Vanessa's previous project called "Finding Home":

To get those creative ideas going, here are a few titles from Toronto Public Library's collections:

Block Print    Folk Art Fusion

The Hand Printed Home     The Joy of Acrylic Painting

For more stories, do check out TPL Stories, a collection of short stories that highlight what Toronto Public Library means to our users, staff and communities: