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Mir Centre for Peace brings participatory practices of Liberation Arts

Many of us question the paradigm and necessity of war, even as we remember and honour the soldiers who have fought and died in battle. We often feel helpless in shifting this top down method of resolving conflict towards a peaceful process.

Nelson resident Janis Timm-Bottos, art therapist and adjunct instructor for Gonzaga University, will be speaking at the Mir Centre for Peace as the host of the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture “Participatory Practices of Liberation Arts”. Her talk will reflect on how collaborative community art making with social purpose (liberation arts) can provide a level healing space for building resilient citizens and fostering just and peaceful places. In this kind of work, people are encouraged to dream up their own ideas of how to live convivially on the planet and develop and present their own views through non-juried visual art exhibits.

“Art making is a human behaviour that fosters self care and awareness,” explained Janis. “It increases our understanding and empathy for others, and expands our own, and our collective, capacities for experiencing a heart at peace.” 

In her personal and professional practice of developing community methods, Janis holds social justice and mental health together, collaboratively creating places that support human needs while respecting the needs of the planet. Janis is the founder of two successful public homeplaces, ArtStreet and OFFCenter Community Arts Project, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her newest collaboration, Kitchen Table Arts, is currently evolving with a fabric reclamation project initiated by the women at the WIN Thrift Store in Nelson.

Janis Timm-Bottos will be speaking at Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace at the Castlegar Campus on Thursday, November 12, 2009, from 7:00-9:00 pm as part of the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series. The suggested donation for admission is $10. Selkirk College is currently campaigning to raise $200,000 to sustain the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series. Funds raised will go directly
into the Mir Centre Speaker Series Endowment and the annual return on the endowment investment will help support the Lecture Series for years to come.

For more information on the Series and the campaign, visit the campaign's web site.