After The Show: Talks on Art and Mental Wellness

Being a space creator is often times a thankless and lonely calling. Yet we continue to find the joy in creating spaces for things and people we are passionate about, because it’s not about the thanks and the love, but about the impact we are able to make on those around us.

On Saturday April 1, I had the privilege to engage in an on-air conversation with Athol D. Williams for Afro Mosaic Health Guide on CHIN Radio Canada, the leading multicultural radio broadcaster in Canada. Dave Williams and I met at the World Poetry Day Open Mic that I hosted for the Brampton Public Library Four Corners Branch on March 21.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not believe in coincidences, so it wasn’t by chance that Andrena LeBlanc decided to perform her poetry for the very first time on stage that day, on a space that I created. Dave Williams heard her poem, which touched so beautifully on her struggle with mental illness, and he asked me to come on-air and share what I am doing with his audience.

It was if the Universe held me in a bear hug and whispered in my ear “This”. It’s always a blessing to be able to share with others my passion for the arts, and my work through Reckless Arts Collective, but on Saturday my joy was overflowing seeing Andrena share her story, along with her poem “lonely”, as she sat beside me in the CHIN Radio Canada station.

I was beautifully reminded that she is why I do what I do. I was encouraged to not stop, because there is another Andrena out there that needs me to create a space for her, because there is a Dave Williams she needs to meet.

She needs a space to tell her story, YOU need a space to tell your story, so I promise to continue creating spaces for you.

Watch the “After-the-show conversation” below, to hear the full interview, click here.

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