International Class alumna (2011-12), arts educator and community artist Jody Boston is a newly minted recipient of The City of Hamilton (Ontario) Arts Innovation Award, for her innovative work as Program Director of the community-based arts, garden and play program, Under the Willows. Founded by Executive Director, Dr. Ruth Pickering, Under the Willows offers joy-activating, creative arts journeys for children who have experienced abuse, trauma, neglect and deprivation. Jody was presented with the prestigious award, which recognizes and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in the City of Hamilton.
Says Jody about her work:
My practice has enabled me to work with very diverse people from ages three to 93. Many are looking for the same thing….When we really listen, radically accept, heighten and explore – when we do things that we do not know how to do and have a laugh together — we connect. We engage, we learn and we grow.