SUNFLOWER PROJECT

This grassroots “Art in Action project”called “THE SUNFLOWER PROJECT” will connect communities, local and global artists, youth and seniors in a digital and place-making Wayfinder ART collaboration.

An environmental debris renewal project, that supports People, Place and Planet.  

“The Wayfinder Sunflower Project” contributed and promoted the distributed of over one million thousand seeds in the 2020 to 2021 campaign to support connected digital communication through art creation to support mental health during the lock down periods of the pandemic.

Reclaimed Satellite Dish enviro Art Route Campaign!

The plan to support artists, non-profits and local businesses in an art scavenger hunt trail that partners small business and artists in an economy building trail.

Large and small installations of three dimensional sunflowers, made from rediscovered satellite dishes will begin to appear throughout the Okanagan Regions in a public art trail.

Like the sunflower when planted, one seed will turn into many, and one sunflower created will turn into a tourism legacy trail that the group is inviting all to participate in.

“Talking to the Sunflowers”podcast series will work through storytelling to bring people together as we rediscover community though art and story sharing connection in a grassroots concept that supports sharing and caring as we move towards an interconnected recovery through creative community inclusion.

The Sunflower Project will showcase a curated artwork and location-based digital map exhibit on the WAYFINDER AR:T MAP.

CALL OF ACTION SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Challenging all communities to plant sunflowers in the largest temporary natural art exhibit as “seeds of connection to the future for people place and planet”.

As we are all indigenous to this planet, the “symbol of the sunflower” is something that reflects many nationalities in Canada, including the indigenous and immigrant new people of BC.

As an opportunity, my practice includes community inclusive collabration to create dialogue before the massive public art installations are created. The research provides inclusion and diversity in the public lens that allows the viewer to take a closer look and chose to research their own place in the image. 

The sunflower image on a large scale would provide the connection to each other,  in the landscape of the environment, inclusive heritage roots that unite us globally. The seeds of tomorrow allow dialogue about the impact immigrants of all nationalities have shared through land to hand skills in BC, CANADA and the Globe.

Heritage exhibitions have been part of my body of work for 35 years. Art is part of the historic infrastructure of our community environment,  and vital is the inclusion and fostering dialogue about the importance of the stories of immigrant people in the renewal and future as the renewal from the pandemic moves forward.

While leading the path to honour those whose lives were affected by injustices years ago while building or being the indigenous care takers of the land we now call homs. This project would help lift up and connect people that are challenged through the covid quarantine and can create knowledge and skill transfer generationally towards a conversation to the future.

After being hard hit by the pandemic, Communities are is looking to reawaken their cultural programming with meaningful public art. “WAYFINDER AR:T ROUTE SUNFLOWER PROJECT is a massive connected act of connected public art. It will delight, make curious, and invigorate small community cultural and economic recovery,” says Michelle Loughery, founder of the initiative. “It initiates and illustrates the principles of the successful WAYFINDER art strategy he has been championing for decades.”

Over the next year, new murals, installations, plantings, exhibitions, art events, art-inspired dance works, stories, podcasts and performances are due to be produced through the project. It will also provide support to non profit organizations and local businesses. This is a let’s all dig in and get our hands dirty collaboration. The WAYFINDER ART COLLECTIVE is a tribe of get her done people

This movement is an opportunity for residents and artists alike to learn more about the vibrant and diverse power of community art in social economics and the talented artists who have created it.

The site features WAYFINDER AR:T COMMUNITY LEARNING MODULES, a multimedia exhibition series curated by creative Wayinfder Community Guru Artist Michelle Loughery, and her team of specialists that examines how concepts of place and community systems procurement bridges and connections through art can build a connected inclusive belonging and home that supports people, place and planet.

The GALLERY VERTIGO, partnered with WAYFINDER SENIOR CREATES program to create a series of workshop and art collaboration senior engagement installations that will end in an exhibition curated by Wayfinder Sunflower Collaborative artists. It will also host exhibitions by the several signature artists that will share their expertise through a public art collaborative installation.

The artists, seniors and youth engagements will be highlighted in a series of stories called “talking to the Sunflowers ” by AR:T ROUTE RADIO PODCAST network, a dynamic story podcast curated by Artist Loughery.

There will also be pop-up satellite art installs scattered about the region and to other connected communities.

There is much more in progress or still to come, as the artists come together to share the message of a creative renewal and the message of a connected humanity.

Sunflower SOCIAL Project Mission Statement

  The Sunflower Project is endeavoring to take human wrongs and turn them into human rights. Our children have lived in a time of great change and unprecedented freedoms. By planting the seeds of learning through education and art it is hoped the youth of Canada will learn from these wrongs and strive to become better citizens.

“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” Louis Riel

This project is not about blame it is about the celebration of the survivor along the reconciliation path. This is based on a national conversation and wisdom story collection. This is a powerful tool to unite all nationalities in Canada to heal and learn that it is not a single race issue but a humanity issue. We can plant the seeds of change for all nationalities all first people. And that through story telling we can plant the seeds of change so that it will never happen again!!!!

Inspiration: the journey of our immigrant Canadian story.

Throughout Canada’s history, thousands of innocent individuals have been punished through coercive governance: Acadians were expelled from the Maritimes in the eighteenth century; Ukrainians and Germans were interned during the First World War; Japanese and Germans were imprisoned during the Second World War; Aboriginal youth were placed in Residential Schools. The pattern of each of these large-scale operations is disturbingly similar. They begin with doubts about the loyalty of an isolated social or cultural group.  Actions are then taken by a government to minimize upheaval in acting on these doubts, by engaging in forced relocation, imprisonment, or disenfranchisement. Rights are suspended and property is confiscated, stolen, or destroyed. Some years later, another innocent people group is targeted.These operations stain Canada’s ardent proclamations celebrating our multicultural heritage and traditional respect for minorities. We hope to start a conversation between the generations, to ensure these human wrongs do not happen again. We hope to inspire respect for human rights and turn these human wrongs to human rights of change

The Sunflower Project The mandate of the Sunflower Project is to develop collaborative forms of artwork that represent the voices of a community. Projects are based on the concept that community goes beyond the actual place that individuals live, but rather includes the world at large, which can be reached virtually through social media/networking mediums. Projects are created through the engagement of the community through open dialogue where ideas become part of the artwork as soon as they arise, and where community members can openly challenge and encourage the ideas of others; and in doing so, the Projects become dynamic, real-time and live pieces of artwork that inspire discussion, enlightenment and encourage social change.

WW1 INTERNMENT RECOGNITION

The SUNFLOWER ART Scupture Trail

17 Metal Sunflower Community Public Art Metal Sunflowers

The Sunflower Project will not only leave a long lasting cultural and heritage tourism legacy for the people of Canada, but it will also fulfill specific goals and mandates of all groups involved. The Sunflower Project will directly reflect the philosophy of culture, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and sustainability, which are helping to define Canada as the cultural quilt it is. As well, by providing communities with a cultural heritage tourism mechanism, the Sunflower Project will assist DUCIVA, the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (CFWWIRF) and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation (UCCLF) in achieving its stated mandates to not only develop sustainable economic heritage legacies so that businesses and communities in provinces across Canada receive benefit of acknowledging a Canadian injustice.

The Sunflower Project will ensure that what happened during Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to1920 is remembered throughout Canada.

This initiative is designed to hallow the memory of all victims of Canada’s first internment operation and to communicate and educate Canadians about what happened as a consequence of the internment. The passage of Bill C-331 – Internment of Persons of Ukrainian Origin Recognition Act signaled the Government of Canada’s recognition of an historical injustice. The subsequent redress settlement identified commemorative and educational initiatives as being critical for acquainting the public with the importance of being vigilant in defense of human rights and civil liberties, particularly in periods of domestic and international crisis.

Informing the public about Canada’s first national internment operations requires a focus on what actually happened, an historical injustice, so defined because of:

  • The internment of “enemy aliens” as a result of their socio-economic status
  • The exploitation of interned civilian “enemy aliens” as conscript labour
  • The abrogation of Canada’s international treaty obligations and the setting aside of our country’s political and moral responsibility for those who consequently endured state-sanctioned indignities, including imprisonment, the confiscation of their wealth, and disfranchisement, not because of any wrong they had done but only because of where they had come from, who they were. Any account that seeks to educate our fellow citizens on these subjects must converge on these points for without their explicit treatment no appreciation of the wrongs done can be communicated.

The mural, art and stories will provide a central place of art engaged education, commemoration and reflection on the meaning of these events to Canadian national identity.

The Message of the Sunflowers

A Magic Symbol of Peace by Georgianna Moore

Dedicated to The Children of the World
Who Will Sow the Sunflower Seeds of Peace

Once upon a time the earth was even more beautiful than it is today. The water was pure and deep, reflecting within itself the sunlight which gave life to all the creatures beneath the waves.

The earth was green with many kinds of trees and plants. These gave food and shelter to the birds, the animals, and to all mankind. At night the air was so clear that the starlight gave a glow almost as bright as the moon.

The people of the earth lived close to nature. They understood it and honored it and never took more than what they needed from it. The people lived in peace so they prospered and began to build many nations all
around the world according to nature’s climate.

But one day, a terrible thing happened. A strange spirit of greed entered the hearts of mankind. People began to be jealous of one another, and they were not satisfied will all the good things they already had. The nations wanted more and more of everything: more land, more water, more resources. They squeezed precious minerals from the earth to build terrible weapons to defend their nations from other greedier nations. They killed one another. They polluted the air and the water with poisons. Nature began to die. This is called war. War is ugly. It destroys love and hope and peace.
Then one day a magical thing occurred. The birds of the air, the animals of the land, and the creatures beneath the waters came to an agreement: if they were to survive, something would have to be done to stop these wars. Only through peace could their world survive.

We cannot speak the human language, they declared, and mankindmcan no longer understand ours. We must find among us a symbol of peace so brilliant that all who see it will stop and remember that peace and sharing are beautiful.

I am what you need, said a golden sunflower. I am tall and bright. My leaves are food for the animals, my yellow petals can turn plain cloth to gold, my seeds are many and are used for food by all living beings. Yet, the seeds I drop upon the ground can take root and I will grow again and again. I can be your symbol of peace.

All nature rejoiced, and it was decided that the birds would each take one sunflower seed and that they would fly over every nation and plant the seed in the earth as a gift. The seeds took root and grew, and the sunflowers multiplied.

Wherever the sunflowers grew, there seemed to be a special golden glow in the air. The people could not ignore such a magical sight. Soon they began to understand the message of the sunflowers so they decided to destroy all of their terrible weapons and to put an end to the greed and to the fear of war. They chose the sunflower as a symbol of peace and new life for all the world to recognize and understand.

A ceremony was celebrated by planting a whole field of sunflowers. Artists painted pictures of the sunflowers, writers wrote about them, and the people of the world were asked to plant more sunflowers seeds as a symbol of remembrance.

All nature rejoiced once more as the golden sunflowers stood tall with their faces turned eastward to the rising sun, then following the sun until the setting in the west. They gave their goodness to the world so that everyone who sees a sunflower will know that the golden light of peace is beautiful.

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