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Blog: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Art Activism’s ‘MindFull’ Exhibition

Robert Bateman Secondary offers a unique class, Art Activism, which empowers students to become leaders in their community through art. Every year our students take on a different social issue and seek to make a difference and promote awareness through community art fundraising events.

This year, on June 27th, we will be hosting a mental health awareness art exhibition at the Reach Gallery. The exhibition, "MindFull" shares the life story of Corey Hirsch; former NHL goalie, Olympian, sports broadcaster, and national mental health advocate. Two years ago, Corey went public with his multi-year battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and now works to reach out to youth as a CAMH advocate. The MindFull art exhibition visually narrates his life story through thirty large-scale 5' paintings, uncovering an individual experience that speaks to the barrier of stigma and the power of self-advocacy.

Ultimately, the proceeds from the fundraising campaign will go towards a one-time post-secondary award for a student who has overcome a mental health struggle, adversity or addiction. We are currently working with the Abbotsford Foundry on this, and they will help us to select the award recipient.

Tickets available at: www.rbssart.com

ALEXANDRA KLASSEN
Robert Bateman Secondary