McMillan Arts Centre art therapy programs receive donation

Left to right: Karen Bacon, EPCOR, Colleen Stewart, Oceanside Arts Council board member, Eric Taylor, EPCOR site manager, Stuart Clark, Oceanside Arts Council vice-president and Jennifer Bate, McMillan Arts Centre executive director. || Photo by Kevin Forsyth
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The McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) has received a $2,500 donation from EPCOR, through its Heart + Soul Fund, in support of the MAC’s art therapy programs.

The Aging Artfully program provides art supplies to local residents over 75, who meet weekly in the MAC’s studio to paint watercolour or acrylic artwork, according to Jennifer Bate, executive director.

“We are so pleased to receive these much-needed funds towards our free art therapy programs,” said Bate. “It is a very popular program here at the MAC, offering a unique, creative and social opportunity for seniors in Oceanside. Thanks to EPCOR’s partnership and donation, we are able to restart the program, which is running Oct. 6 – Nov. 25, 2021.”

The MAC’s Art Therapy program began in 2019 and was previously offered through ZOOM due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Coordinator Heidi Abbott said the drop-in program will run again at the MAC starting in January 2022. 

“Art Therapy can be very valuable in treating issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and even some phobias. It is a great way to express emotions without words, process complex feelings and find relief,” Abbott said. 

“Art therapy improves the mental health of people who are dealing with addictions, anxiety, attention disorders, grief and loss, dementia, depression, eating disorders, physical illness, relationship issues and much more. I am very proud to offer this vital program once again at the MAC thanks to EPCOR.”

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