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Ottawa Art Gallery stages online mini-exhibition of support messages for frontline workers

The gallery created the exhibit as part of its Creative Wellness partnership with the Ottawa Hospital.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
July 05, 2020
Just one of the pieces of artwork in the Signs of Hope exhibition. Photo: Ottawa Art Gallery.

If you’ve been out walking in your area since the start of the pandemic, you’ve likely seen handmade signs in windows, jokes chalked onto sidewalks, or colourful painted rocks with encouraging messages thanking health care workers scattered on trails and in gardens. Now the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has collected images of that artwork from around the city and built a virtual mini-exhibition. The gallery is encouraging community members to submit photos of their art to be added to the slideshows.

The project is just one part of the Creative Wellness partnership between the OAG and the Ottawa Hospital. This initiative supports the creation of new art to brighten up hospital facilities and celebrate health research achievements, as well as the development of art therapy programs to enhance patient care.

You can check out the mini art exhibition, titled “Signs of Hope,” on the OAG’s website.

Source: Ottawa Art Gallery

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