What is Art for Empowerment?

“This conceptual framework and methodology uses visual arts to foster self-reflection, self-healing and self-empowerment. Through community engagements, the author empirically developed a strength-based and solution-focused conceptual framework and methodology that uses visual arts to foster self-reflection, self-healing, and self-empowerment.”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is not just a book.

It was born out of the need to raise awareness about homelessness in Montreal.

When we started this project, we wanted to create something that would make Montrealers aware of the issue of homelessness and let them know that they are not invisible, but important.

The book contains the stories of nine women who have been there and back. Their stories are honest and raw. When you read Somewhere Over the Rainbow , you will discover the real hardships faced by the homeless and how each woman overcame them.

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Summer 2020

exhibition

somewhere over the rainbow

"Circumstances leading to periods of exclusion are numerous. They remain confusing for the people concerned and they are complex to represent. They are painful to remember. Participants need to have a strong mental capacity to tell the background of an unforeseen situation."

Summer 2020

somewhere over the rainbow

Rosemarie

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somewhere over the rainbow

Chantal

Summer 2020

somewhere over the rainbow

Estelle

Summer 2021

The poignant stories of

Lanibelle

Part 1:

I came to the pavillon Patricia Mackenzie 3 years ago due to my loss of vision caused by cataract and a damaged retina. That was the lowest point in my life. In the beginning it was hard to lose my sense of independence.

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"That was the lowest point in my life. In the beginning it was hard to lose my sense of independence."​