The importance of art during times of fear and division
In times of universal fear and division, artists are often set aside as “unessential” to society. Yet, it is the artists who are most likely to give their time, resources, energy, heart and soul to make people feel better. Lately, feeling good and excited has become comparatively unimportant. Art helps to bring out the creative spark that has also become unimportant in the last few months.
The impact of the pandemic on children with autism
As adults, we can view this time as a short period and perhaps even see reason in being “grounded.” To children, especially those on the autistic spectrum, it is an eternity! Their world changed forever, leaving them stranded in a maze without structure, where they face new and unwanted rules with nothing to focus on or look forward to.
The Camp and its role in providing respite for families
The children and their families that come to the Lighthouse Landing Camp have been coming for decades. For many parents, it is the only real respite they can look forward to. For the children, it is an exciting and yet very familiar place. They know what to expect each year and they always get their bucket-full of activities and memories filled, thanks to the angelic family that runs the camp.
This year is very different for all those families that relied on their sweet time at the camp, as the usual activities had to be cancelled. Ritchie and I feel blessed that we were able to provide the kids and their parents with some creative fun and the project of paddle painting. I was so impressed with all the beautiful souls, the positive vibrations, the non-judgmental all-inclusive environment, the love, and pure old-fashioned humanity.
The value of creative expression and the power of a smile
We might not be rich. We may not know how to navigate the money-possessed world, but we know the way of the heart. And for us, the biggest and best reward is the smile on a child’s face as he proudly presents his creation. He won’t forget. And neither will we.
Broňa Wingell from Bratislava, Slovakia, now resides in the Haliburton Highlands region of Ontario, Canada. She has a deep reverence for the spirit in all things and paints for the beauty inherent in the process.