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A STORY OF IMPACT FROM PROGRAM GUIDE Laurel Boerma

I am a professional art therapist and work with several different local groups through Remai Modern’s Health Outreach and other programs. When I first started working with these organizations, I knew our art programs provided participants new skills and a chance to relax. What I’ve seen since shows me the impact goes much deeper.

Thanks to our supporters, Remai Modern’s outreach program connects seniors from Samaritan Place and neighbourhood students from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School. In my role facilitating these two groups, I watched a special relationship evolve between Agnes*, a woman in her 80s, and Jack*, a Grade 4 student.

The Grade 4 class visited Samaritan Place once a month to take part in art projects organized by Remai Modern. I was so moved to watch Jack and Agnes not only make art together but share their stories. Jack, who had just lost a grandparent, had time to focus on creation and forming a new friendship. Because of the generous support for Remai Modern art programs, I saw their faces light up with joy and discovery.

“At first, students were nervous about meeting the residents. The art projects helped the students have something to focus on when meeting with the residents. As the students began to feel more comfortable working with the residents, they took more chances getting to know them and interacting with them. Many students created relationships with specific residents and looked forward to the next art project day, so they could see the resident again.”

- Sandra Brookman, Grade 4 teacher at St. Kateri Tekakwitha School

“For many residents living at Samaritan Place, the opportunity to spend time with children is often their highlight of their day.”

- Tammy Reihl, Life Enhancement Director at Samaritan Place

Remai Modern partners with more than 15 organizations around Saskatoon and we see moments like these every day. Support for the museum helps us work with schools, newcomer groups, treatment centres and supported living residences to provide art enrichment to their clients. Your donation to programs like these matters.

In 2018, Remai Modern made nearly 100 visits to wellness centres, care homes, and health facilities, in addition to the work done on-site at the museum. The majority of our outreach participants, nearly 1,500 individuals in 2018, are seniors and youth.

Saskatchewan is growing and, as a result, so is the demand for Remai Modern art programs. More and more local organizations are seeing how their clients’ lives are improved by taking time for creativity. Art reduces stress and gives people a sense of accomplishment and control. Agnes and Jack gained a new friendship and helped each other through their respective challenges.

Thank you for considering a donation today so everyone in your community has access to their own transformative art experience.

Sincerely,
Laurel Boerma

P.S. No donation is too small. Thanks to the support of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, your gift is matched. Please consider investing in art, community and learning in Saskatchewan today. Thank you!

*Names are changed to protect the privacy of participants.

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