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Women Who Make A Difference

It’s hard to believe for two magical year’s I’ve shared this space with other artists.

Learn more about Sybil: http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/sybil-rampen/

Your business understands how diversity can unlock growth and innovation for inclusion and belonging. With your vision, we can bring hope and inspiration to many more people with a variety of exciting workshops.

The more we innovate, the more we can inspire and allow others to do the same.

Thank you.

“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change!” ~ Barbara Mikulski

Every Picture Tells A Story, Ask Artist Ian Grant

2nd Annual HBHAS Art Exhibition Coming Soon!

Had a great time meeting artist Ian Grant on the Danforth, Areej Art Gallery, this past weekend. His solo exhibit, “The Journey” is more than a collection of photographs. His inspirations come from traveling the world. Some images cheeky and others uniquely soulful where the images transcend those influences.

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.  ~ Dorothea Lange

Make this your summer destination to drop in and discover something new and exciting!!! A dynamic opportunity to learn more about the artists and their body of work. All stunning and unique.

For more information about the Art Exhibit:

Francesca Durham
Vice-chair, HBHAS
Email: francescadurham@gmail.com

Or contact:

Judy Daley
Curator, Helson Gallery
Halton Hills Cultural Centre
Town of Halton Hills
9 Church St., Halton Hills ON L7G 2A3
Phone: 905.877.7915 x2536

A Wonderful Way To Inspire & Celebrate With Community

A Leisurely Pastime Picnic Coming Soon

Research suggests spending time in a natural setting is good for your mental health. A family picnic is great family time with the kids. It’s also a wonderful tradition to strengthen ties with family and friends too.

Coming soon the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a family picnic. I’ll be there with my rainbow set of harps to provide an opportunity for anyone interested to have an experience playing the harp.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play the harp? Curious about this ancient musical instrument? Then you’re in for a treat.

Recreational harp music making is healthy and inclusive. It’s based on music activities that bring the community together. Come see for yourself at the JCHAC Family Picnic Sunday, June 10th, 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to come out take part and have fun.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

http://visitoakville.com/events/joshua-creek-10th-anniversary/

For more information please contact: francescadurham@gmail.com

 

 

More Than A Night To Remember With Leslie McCurdy

“Community, Roots & Culture” Symposium ~ HBHAS

Excited to share!!! Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Leslie-McCurdy

"Actor, Playwright, Dancer, Choreographer, Singer, and Mentor; recipient of the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for "Artist of the Year" and "Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario respectively, Bachelors of Fine Art in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan and former choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Presenting: Things My Fore Sisters Saw – a one-woman play, where you will meet four women of African Descent who affected change in Canada: Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave who was said to have burned down “half” of Montreal from whom we have the first slave narrative in North America; Rose Fortune, the first “policewoman” in North America who helped “freedom seekers” settle in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia; Mary-Ann Shadd, the first North American woman to publish and edit a newspaper, amongst other things; and Viola Desmond who refused to give up a seat to segregation well before the celebrated Rosa Parks and who was recently named as the new face of the Canadian $10 bill. Experience the theatre production of how each of these women affected change in the Canada of their time and ours.”

Location:  Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington, ON

Tickets: Early Bird: $25
At Door w/Reservation: $30

Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps?ll=43.320901,-79.800601&z=13&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=CA&mapclient=embed&cid=14288595255665240121

The Speakers’ Symposium will include historical, genealogical, and cultural speakers, authors, music and spoken word plus a marketplace of historical book suppliers and community/cultural vendors.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/signin/?referrer=%2Ffacebook-publish%3Feid%3D45809335957

19 Girl Guides And Counting

Another successful Happy Harping workshop!!! This time Halton Harps was harping with the Girl Guides in Smithville.

Split into three groups we rotated through the rainbow set of harps. Each group learned how to play a familiar song.

Fusing music with arts and crafts the girls have an opportunity to explore musical sounds and rhythms by using their creativity and imagination.

Best of all we’re inclusive. All participants learn to play their part in the music making process. Facilitating from the Rainbow of Sound or Color My World music programs makes it easy for children to learn the fundamentals of music in an environment that encourages growth and personal development.

Benefits of Harp Playing

“Recreational Music-making (RMM) encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages, regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.

From exercise, nurturing, social support, bonding and spirituality, to intellectual stimulation, heightened understanding and enhanced capacity to cope with life’s challenges, the benefits of recreational 
music-making extend far beyond music. Recreational music-making ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits”

– Karl T. Bruhn – Father of the Music-Making
 and Wellness Movement

Interested in hosting a Happy Harping workshop? Contact: francescadurham@gmail.com

 

Be What You Are And Do What You Love

RUMI said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

If you need a little encouragement or inspiration here are a few key points to help you find beauty and love in yourself, what you do, your surroundings and everyday living.

  1. Decide what a “beautiful life” means to you.
  2. Lay the foundation and start creating the beautiful life you know you deserve.
  3. Be authentic and honest with yourself in every decision you make.
  4. Focus on moving toward your desired end result.
  5. Be grateful for what challenges you and makes you stronger.
  6. Be open to change and new life experiences.
  7. Be present and thankful for today.

The power of belief and discipline contributes greatly to the success of being what you are. Be patient with yourself and trust the process. Your free will shapes the reality you create. It’s your destiny!

Interested in working with a mentor to help you cope with major life change and transitions? Do you need help choosing the right certified therapeutic harp program? Thinking about having a MARI® experience to remember your wholeness and the beauty of living a healthy, fulfilling, authentic, creative life.

Contact francescadurham@gmail.com.

 

Imagine A Doorway Into The Wonder of Your Mind

MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument)

Did you know MARI® has been called, “The Doorway into the Wonder of the Psyche?” Well, what I know for sure is MARI® has a beautiful way of opening people’s heart and minds.  You have the opportunity to see a visual of what is real and true in your life.

This past weekend a doorway opened in a big way for one participant in our workshop. She wasn’t expecting the heartfelt impact after creating her MARI®.  Our safe space allowed her to open up and share. Conversations took off like a rocket and it started with the quietest person in the room taking the lead which is awesome!!!

Spontaneous creativity supports participants to see and integrate what they might be holding in. It also reveals their visionary potentials. It’s the spontaneous drawing that sometimes seems a little scary for some to let go and just create.

Our weekend workshop was profound in so many ways. Thank you to those who took the time to come out and thank you for sharing your experiences.

Creating authentic heart connections in our community is alive and well! And it just keeps on getting better.

Interested in a personal MARI® experience? Join our next workshop. Contact me for details francescadurham@gmail.com

 

What Does It Take To Be Brave With Your Life?

Being brave is about taking action and it takes courage to be brave.

I decided to survey my circle of friends for their thoughts on being brave. These were the common actions and thoughts about what it takes to be brave with your life.

  1. Make decisions and be a leader.
  2. Be OK being different.
  3. Show you’re vulnerable.
  4. Do what you do and do it well.
  5. Know what you stand for.
  6. Share your experience.

Leadership is a skill that you can learn. And if you already have leadership qualities there is always room for improvement to maximize your potential.

Working toward being the best version of you each and every day takes bravery and courage. By the end of the year, you can look back and see from your actions how far you’ve come. Realistic goals and challenges are important. Most importantly, remember to be playful and have fun too.

If you are interested in working with a mentor to help you cope with major life change and transitions or if you need help with choosing the right harp therapy program for you please contact me @ francescadurham@gmail.com.