Sofya creates a mask during one of the Mission Overdose Community Action Team’s art-making workshops.

Sofya creates a mask during one of the Mission Overdose Community Action Team’s art-making workshops.

MOCAT hosting community art dialogues ahead of art show on Overdose Awareness Day

Artwork to be displayed Aug. 31, at Beyond Abstracts Community Art Show on 1st Avenue

Ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), the Mission Overdose Community Action Team (MOCAT) is hosting a series of community art dialogues throughout August, dubbed Beyond Abstracts: Do You See What I See.

They are inviting Mission residents to join the sessions at the Mission Friendship Centre and other locations, where colourful abstract artwork will be created connected to the topic of B.C.’s toxic drug poisoning health emergency.

Art materials are supplied and no art experience is needed.

“People’s thoughts on abstract art can be quite diverse, we all see something different. Much the same with concepts like harm reduction, which can also seem abstract, and are often misunderstood” says Judith Pellerin, co-chair of the MOCAT.

“The sessions are a good way to connect people from different walks of life, learn other perspectives, and discover common ground.”

On IOAD on Aug. 31, the artwork will be on display at different businesses along 1st Avene for the Beyond Abstracts Community Art Show. The show is being held with the support of the Mission Downtown Business Association.

Live music, resource tables, refreshments, naloxone training and more dialogue on the topic will also happen at the event, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information on the art sessions, contact MOCAT Coordinator Kat Wahamaa at 604-679-4463.

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