Art Me Up is a project designed for SMUN participants to archive their individual creative past and present. Through the exploration of multi-disciplinary arts, in a safe studio environment, Art Me Up participants will have a variety of opportunities, including workshops, facilitated open studios, access to a digital lab and establishment of web-based exhibition space to express personal memories and to map their journeys.
The process of documenting your life journey through art can help ease the experience of participants' lives by helping people share aspects of their lives in relation to the organization and their community. Self-advocacy has proven to have greater impact on local communities than most other methods of edification. The positive health & social benefits of participatory arts activities include: peer support, collaborative relationships and improved social skills. It is important for these artists to tell their stories in a way that is most expressive to them and most educational to the broader public.
The art studio, which is located behind The Work Action Center offices at 203 Church Street, and is open 12-4PM - Monday to Friday.
Kathy Black is an artist with many different inspirations and interests. Her work often uses elements of collage and found objects in a unique and creative way.
Marvin Dale is new to making art but has taken to it quite naturally. He paints animals and makes hand carved pipes and walking canes from wood.
Ryan Lotgenberg is a mixed-media artist who finds inspiration from his environments and experiences. He is an ambitious artist who brings colour and life to anything he works on.
Jessica Martinelli is currently working with found objects and furniture, which she refurbishes and refinishes with imagination and love. Transforming them into something beautiful and fresh.
Dan Molek studied animation at Sheridan College and has been drawing his whole life. His focus is on making animated videos from the drawings and characters he’s created over time.
C.J Sisler is a multi-disciplinary artist who holds a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Her work is an honest and personal reflection of her surroundings.
'Mapping Our Journeys' is a podcast series by Art Me Up Niagara, featuring the artists in residency at the Start Me Up Niagara studio where they were recorded, edited, and produced by Jesse Frank Matthews. Background music chosen by each artist. Click here to listen to Art Me Up's new audio podcast.
Funding provided by The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP), the Audrey Hellier Foundation, and General Motors.