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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Community Canvas: A Tapestry of Artistic Diversity


Craft Dance Deaf & Disability arts Kids Physical activity & movement
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Saltspring Island Public Library - Community Program Room

129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T5

Salt Spring Island, BC


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, will have a sign language interpreter, is a relaxed performance, and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Welcome to "Community Canvas: A Tapestry of Artistic Diversity," a transformative event that aims to bridge the artistic expressions of different parts of our community. This inclusive gathering brings the possibility for the entire community to participate in the art activities that people with special needs engage in at their day programs across the island.

The event consists of three unique activities:

1. Craft Stations: Join us in creating fun and low-barrier crafts that allow you to share your personal vision and expression. These activities captivate not only our special needs community but also families, elders, and the broader public. Afterward, share your masterpiece in our Community Gallery and witness the creativity, diversity, and magic of the entire community.

2. Movement Practice: Join us for our traditional day program movement practice for people with unique movement abilities and take part in an open dance floor to paint the space with your dance, creating a living art piece of movement and joyful expression.

3. Closure Ceremony & Spoken Word: Finally, we will hold a closing ceremony where we invite the public to share their art pieces, insights, and takeaways from the event.

Our primary mission is to provide a supportive framework for collective creation, allowing individuals with special needs to showcase their unique gifts, wisdom, and artistic creations.

This event was made possible with local support from: Dance Your Ability.



Tlanextli Coyotl - Pablo Ochoa - BC Culture Days Ambassasdor

Tlanextli Coyotl - Pablo Ochoa is a Mexican dancer, art facilitator, caregiver, and user experience artist who is passionate about the potential of art to provide intentional spaces for creative expression and collective ritual in a secular context. He has a vast indigenous bloodline from different parts of Mexico and identify as a queer, two-spirited person of color. Pablo regularly works at a day program for people with special needs, facilitating both artistic and recreational activities, as well as providing day-to-day caregiving support. This includes working with individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, neurodivergent, chronically ill, and who need varying levels of assistance. Tlanextli's part-time work at the day program is complemented by their emergent career as an art facilitator, dance teacher, and user experience artist.

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