keeping creative juices flowing . . . . .


Students from the craft studios, music ensembles, creative writing and digital arts have been coming forward to talk about how tough it is at this time of year to keep their creative fires stoked when they are already exhausted and overwhelmed.  Dark winter days can be brutal for those who are under the pressure of massive projects and deadlines looming.

Rebecca Criswell,  Selkirk Tranformative Justice student, is helping people keep their flames alive by working with a zany group of guerilla artists who are bringing amazing Collaborative Art projects to the Castlegar Campus. She and co-conspirators made a beautiful group mandala in the fall and are now working with any interested students to build a sculptural dream catcher using papermache, beads and inspiring found art poetry.  Rebecca is intrigued by the ways in which art and creativity nourish healthy communities.


Grandma Lois's Winter Warmer Soup 007       Grandma Lois's Winter Warmer Soup 006       New Image        mandala becca

If you live in the Kootenays and are looking to kick start your creative engines,  please join us at  next week’s second annual


from 1:00 – 4:00, Monday, Feb. 4th

Mary Hall Tenth Street Campus

Artists Panel:

  Erica D 

 Kalika Bowlby

Chris Carpenter

Samuel Stevenson:

Here is a link with some of the highlight insights from the  discussion last year:

This year, following a panel discussion with the artists,  Jonny Morris, from the Healthy Minds/ Healthy Campus organization   will host an engaging Open Space dialogue. This will give students, instructors  and community mentors  an opportunity to delve into conversations about their own creative passions, challenges and unique ways of moving through the fallow times.

We will end the afternoon with an UNWIND and CHEESE and an open mic for poets, songsters or other performers!

So – beat the February Blues by joining us as we explore the wilderness of our own creative minds!



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