Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region 2022
Exhibit Name: Impressions: During a Monochromatic Time
BIAPR Members, Volunteers & Staff
Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region (a registered business name of Four Counties Brain Injury Association) has been operating since 1988.
BIAPR supports individuals in Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Northumberland counties. BIAPR is a dynamic organization that provides a range of supports to individuals who are living with the effects of brain injury. BIAPR services are designed to form the basis of a comprehensive model of community support service delivery.
The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Day Services are offered onsite in Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay) and provide programming that is geared to adults with acquired brain injuries who have varied needs and capabilities. Since 2020 virtual supports have also been offered throughout the four counties. BIAPR provides productive and meaningful activities for all participants. Photography has consistently provided our members a new and exciting way to communicate and share their experiences.
This will be the eighth year that BIAPR has participated in the SPARK Photo Festival. Each year more and more of our members embrace photography as an expressive art. This year (2022) also marks the second year of our new expressive arts program, where individuals have shared in a virtual Zoom group the works they have created throughout the week, finding inspiration from the works of others and support from each other in continuing their creativity and self expression. The photographers in this group have enjoyed sharing their photographs weekly with the group.
Through the lens of a camera the photographer can capture images that are meaningful to them, and Recreation Therapy research has shown that expressive arts provide the benefits of improved social and language skills, context for empowerment, and increased mood and self-esteem, to name a few. The photographers of this group and other BIAPR members look forward to showcasing their work to the public in April during the Festival. Our Community Exhibit exposes the individual’s strengths and ability, transcending the challenges of living with an ABI.
BIAPR members, volunteers, and staff are excited to share our images: our impressions during a monochromatic time. Even in isolation the ability to take these pictures on our own and share our work with others has helped to keep us connected to our community at BIAPR. It is with pride and joy that we all share our photographic journeys with the community outside our doors.
The past 2 years have been challenging for all, connecting with each other through our photography has been a joyful and even a colourful bright light during this monochromatic time.
Monochrome images are timeless, and certainly during the pandemic it has felt like time has stopped. We hope that you come by and visit our window display during April to see our “Impressions: during a Monochromatic Time” exhibit.