The Oceanside Community Art Council was awarded a grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation to offer free art therapy group sessions to members of the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Photo submitted)

The Oceanside Community Art Council was awarded a grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation to offer free art therapy group sessions to members of the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. (Photo submitted)

Art therapy sessions to be virtually offered by McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville

Sessions are free, participants receive mini art kit

Free art therapy group sessions will soon be virtually available through the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville.

The art therapy sessions were created to help members of the community who are struggling to adjust to the pandemic and with social isolation. Each participant will receive a complimentary mini art kit that can be picked up at the MAC or delivered.

No experience is required to participate.

These sessions will be facilitated by professional and registered art therapists with co-facilitation and support provided by a volunteer art therapy practicum student.

READ MORE: Parksville’s McMillan Arts Centre to host pair of exhibits in October

The first session, called Creative Connections with the Land, will be held on Tuesdays from Feb. 16 until March 23, and will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The second session, called Gathering our Frayed Edges, will be held on Saturdays starting Feb. 20 until March 27, and will run 10 a.m. until noon.

Those interested can register for as many sessions as they would like. Pre-registration will need to be done at least 24 to 48 hours prior to each session. Once registered, a link to a private Zoom meeting room will be sent to each participant. For those in need, a mini-art kit and/or technology assistance will be provided. A smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access is required to participate.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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