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Art of Hope. Photo from Hopewell Facebook Page.

Hopewell’s Art of Hope fundraiser to provide art therapy for individuals with eating disorders

By Apartment613 on April 14, 2022

Hopewell Eating Disorders Support Centre is excited to announce the dates for its 3rd Art of Hope fundraiser, in support of art therapy programming for individuals struggling with an eating disorder for 2022. Hopewell is Eastern Ontario’s only eating disorder support centre, first founded by three mothers in 1999, whose daughters were struggling with anorexia nervosa at the time. While medical care was available to them, the parents founded a centre to create a sense of hope, support, and community for all affected by eating disorders, including friends and family — something that was truly missing alongside the medical support.

With last year’s Art of Hope art auction, Hopewell was able to organize four art therapy programs reaching 20 individuals. Upon opening enrolment, these groups were all full within 24 hours due to the high level of interest.

As a person who struggled with a chronic eating disorder, art therapy has been instrumental in my healing. 

“As a person who struggled with a chronic eating disorder, art therapy has been instrumental in my healing. I found a way to communicate with myself and others through the many meanings and symbolism that I came to connect to through what I was creating, and communicate that, which was not otherwise possible for me to express. We are all creative beings so it makes sense that I found healing in art therapy while struggling with Anorexia and C-PTSD” explained Tina St. John.

Ms. St. John added, “for every $500 raised we are able to fund art therapy for one person for eight sessions — 240 hours of programming.”

Last year’s Art of Hope was a success, raising over $18,000 with sales of 46 artworks from over 26 artists including the works of seven artists in the live auction.

This year, the auction will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from 7-8:30 p.m. EST.

Art of Hope. Photo from Hopewell website.

“People can participate by attending the virtual auction and purchasing art or crafts or, by bringing together some friends or co-workers to sponsor a seat by raising $500.”

This year the organization hopes to have as many different types of art as possible including but not limited to: pottery, knitting, embroidering, glassblowing, and woodworking. Artists are able to submit up to two pieces of distinct media.

The unique livestream art show and auction will feature emerging local artists, including Amy Bayne, an Ottawa-based dancer. The event will be open to the public and will showcase a range of genres in the visual, performing, and modern arts. Artists will have the opportunity to both promote their work and receive a share of the sales.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses and the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a significant increase in those who are suffering and seeking support. Unfortunately, eating disorders are still very stigmatized and misunderstood.

Art therapy has been found to offer promise for many as an effective treatment of this affliction.

Hopewell offers support, resources and hopes to those who are affected by an eating disorder, including those who are suffering and in recovery, and those who are supporting someone on their recovery journey. The centre offers support and programs that are complementary to formal medical and mental health treatment, however, the services are not a replacement or alternative to those healthcare services. Should you be seeking an eating disorder treatment provider, we encourage you to check out the comprehensive list of providers specializing in eating disorders by clicking on this link: