This exhibit is a distinctive innovative cultural experience. It proposes an evening of entertainment and creativity – not your usual art exhibit! The Feel It! Exhibit Experience was created by the Mississauga Arts Council 2019 Fusion Grant recipients, award winning visual artist Angela Chao, award winning poet Susan Ksiezopolski, and music provided by Anthony Barr, Sacred Sevens.
The exhibit will feature:
- Seven pieces of art, a layered interpretation of our seven core human emotions love, fear, frustration, joy, surprise, anger and sadness through the lens of music, art and words.
- Musical performance, poetry recital and engaging conversations about the creative process behind the music, art and poetry of the Feel It! Exhibit and how our creative energy is representing through art that conveys the artist representation of our core emotions
- Collaborative creating with simulation of the creative processes behind the Feel It! Exhibit Experience
- Explore how we capture our creative energy onto our art and express ourselves
- An opportunity for participating audience members to submit their creations to be featured on the CreateConvergence website.
Feel It! Exhibit
The Feel It! Project Exhibit Experience is a combination of visual arts, poetry and music coming together with mindfulness and purpose to create a unique cultural experience. The purpose of the project is to engage the audience to Feel It! and to spark meaningful conversations about our emotions and how we express ourselves when we create or interact with multiple art forms.
Feel It! Project is an Art Fusion initiative by CreateConvergence, sparking conversation and appreciation for multiple art forms. The creative interpretation of musician Anthony Barr, visual artist Angela Chao and poet Susan Ksiezopolski comes together to create art that conveys emotions. The resulting art pieces fuel exchanges that expand awareness, alter perceptions and create spaces for healing.
Awarded a Fusion Grant funded by the Mississauga Arts Council, Rama Gaming Centre and City of Mississauga, Feel It! is an innovative collaborative art project that expresses the range of human emotion through the fusion of music, art and poetry.
Who are we?
Sponsored by the Mississauga Arts Council, Rama Gaming Centre and City of Mississauga, poet Susan Ksiezopolski and artist Angela Chao, partnering with musician Anthony Barr, were awarded the Fusion Grant sparking a creative journey that resulted in the Feel It! Exhibit.
Feel It! Art + Poetry
This unique wooden 2″ wheel showcases all 7 pieces of art and poetry and their titles. Around each slice we choose two words from the poem that expresses the piece. The 7 poems can be read as 1 emotions go the piece. You can start anywhere on the diameter of the circle.
Feel it! Opening Reception at Studio 89
On December 7th, at Studio 89 in Mississauga, the seven original collaborative pieces representing seven core human emotions were unveiled. Mike Douglas, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council, Annis Karpenko, Executive Director of Visual Arts Mississauga and City Councillor Chris Fonseca were on hand to celebrate at the opening reception and performance.
Feel It! Experience
Our pop-up exhibit at Common Ground Cafe was Feb 6th 7-10pm. The “Feel it! Experience” engaged and expressed through poetry, arts and music the 7 core emotions. We had an open mic discussion about why we create and the impact of arts on mental health.
Feel It! Pop up at Dixie Outlet Mall
A pop up during the weekend of February 8-9 and March 28-29 at Dixie outlet mall.
Here is the stunning result of the collaborative creative session that simulated the creative process behind the Feel It! Exhibit. The audience was split into groups and given a laminated piece of art. They will expressed what they felt individually on paper. Then collaboratively they wrote a poem and presented it at the Open Mic. Please click on the link below to see all the beautiful poems written.
Crinkled – The Neighbours! Team
It feels what heaven
Might seem like
Soft floating clouds
Free to think
Free to feel
Free to love
Not bound by the chains of life
Lifted – Tallulah
And above you
through the unknown
You look towards a sunrise
of warmth and self discovery
awaits you with open arms
Your true nature
You watch from under
as they swirl
Click to view more beautiful pieces created by our audience during our Feel It! Experience
Episode 1 will address the motivation for doing Brain Chord podcasts. Visual artist Angela Chao and poet Susan Ksiezopolski will explore why they create and the role of art in their lives.
Brain Chord is brought to you by CreateConvergence, a creative collaboration between award winning visual artist Angela Chao, award winning poet Susan Ksiezopolski, with music provided by Anthony Barr, a gifted Native flute player, who aids in the connection of the soul and Spirit.
Brain Chord represents three artists working with different art forms, in harmony to explore the role of art as a creative outlet for emotional and mental hygiene.
Art creates a bridge opening the space for conversations that create connections. This is why art has the power to uplift and motivate us. The imagination of other artists, poets, and musicians touches us. Through creative expression, we can see a part of ourselves we cannot give voice to. This helps us to validate our shared humanity. Art is how we make sense of our world and express who we are in it.
We will explore the impact of combining music, art and poetry on our brains’ wellbeing. When music, poetry and art connect it stretches and shifts our self-expression to a new dimension and supports our wellbeing. The merging of arts is a tool for creative expression that energizes and restores us. When we express vs. depress how we feel we support our brain health. When we express our emotions it liberates us.
Brain Chord podcasts are meant to expand our awareness and alter perceptions of our world and our selves. The purpose of our podcasts is to create the space for healing, fuelling engaging conversations to educate and create connections.
One of the hardest things for us to do is to talk about and communicate our emotions, yet emotional literacy, understanding our emotions is an important component of our overall well-being. Expressing emotions is healthy. As artists our role is to express what others are not able to express. Anais Nins’ quote says this best “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
Brain Chord is meant to be a backdrop to inspire and begin conversations about what motivates artists to create, regardless of their chosen medium, be it canvas and paint, pen and paper or instruments and music. We will explore how creativity feeds our resilience and allows us to share our feelings, in order for us to thrive and to put our mind at ease.
Our themes and topics will focus on raising awareness, inspiring others to find own creative outlet and fuel their own creativity. We will share stories that spark conversation about how art can be a powerful tool for resilience.
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