Colouring Our Community at KPL

As people living on this earth, we all wish to have somewhere we can call home and go to feel safe and accepted regardless of who we are.

The Kitchener Public Library tried to address that need on when they hosted the first of a bi-monthly event on March 6 called Colour Our Community, an event organized by the Circle of Friends Program.

 Photo: Josh Pederson

Photo: Josh Pederson

“We began with a project in the fall as a part of our program,” said event coordinator Katie Taylor. “We wanted to learn about community integration, mainly inclusion, and what that looks like to people. Where were places these people could go to feel safe”.

“The pilot project went extremely well,” said volunteer Elysha Schuhbauer. “We held one session at the library where people got to create their own puzzle piece and the library offered to partner with us moving forward.”

 Photo: Josh Pederson

Photo: Josh Pederson

The free event, which ran from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., had people of all ages and different walks of life gather to create beautiful works of art to be put on display in the library. The theme around the crafts for this session focused on butterflies and saw over a dozen people making and perfecting their artwork.

All it took were some name tags and almost instantly everyone was friends. They were working together, passing around art supplies, giving one another compliments on their work and the sense of that community integration Taylor and her colleagues were looking for was on full display.

 Photo: Josh Pederson

Photo: Josh Pederson

“We kind of landed on art because we found that it is easily accessible and that it gives people a chance to have an outlet while also connecting with other people in a positive way,” said Taylor

Any art supply you could think of was at your grasp: Markers, pastels, glitter, crayons and anything else you needed to create your masterpiece. There were also several refreshments available for the public to enjoy.

 Photo: Josh Pederson

Photo: Josh Pederson

The crafts will be changed every session to keep things interesting, and because no art experience is required to be involved, anyone is welcome. 

For more information on when these meetings will take place, you can visit the Kitchener Public Library website here.