Drawn Together: Maintaining Connection and Navigating Life's Challenges With Art. A father-daughter story with Roar and Katarina Thorsen
*UPDATE SEPT 17, 2012! VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY HERE:
Without art we do not die. But without art we do not live. - Justine Tan
No doubt, art has saved my father's life. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed, my father, Roar Thorsen, found himself helpless and dependent on other's for the necessities of life. Desperate to help him regain a sense of purpose, I utilized my tools as an art therapist to facilitate my father's rediscovery of his artistic gifts. Since picking up a pencil shortly after his stroke, Roar has forged a rich and happy life, and he continues to draw all day, every day. Our father-daughter connection is joyous and vibrant, built on our mutual love of art.
My goal is to share Roar's art and our post-stroke story with the world. We have now found a supportive and enthusiastic independent publisher, Influence Publishing, for our book, entitled Drawn Together. My dream is to not only hand my dad a copy of the book before he passes away, but more importantly, to help inspire others to create and maintain connections with their loved ones by celebrating the gifts that lie within each of us.
I spoke with my mom today about her art. Your project inspired us to find a common ground where we both feel safe and totally capable of contributing. - Carolle MacIntosh
What We Need & What You Get
Your contribution will allow us to:
a. pay for an independent publishing contract fee of $1500 that secures the highest royalty rate on book sales and this fee includes ongoing author support and publicity.
b. create a 10 minute documentary (at a fee of $1000) to accompany the book and subsequent speaking engagements/workshops.
UPDATE SEPT 17, 2012: DOCUMENTARY IS COMPLETE! GO TO: DRAWN TOGETHER
Contributors will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard reproductions of Roar's art, to a signed copy of the book, to original pieces by Roar.
We have opted for flexible funding so that if we do not reach our goals, we will utilize the funding towards the documentary to accompany a social media fundraising campaign.
If we exceed our goal, the extra funds will go towards the first wave of printing 100 copies of the book.
You could very well change the lives of millions in the same situation as your Dad! - Julie Salisbury
As an artist and art therapist, I wholeheartedly believe in the power of art to heal. I have seen this again and again in my work with at-risk youth and in my own life. Art does not cure, certainly, but it lifts mood, facilitates dialogue and empowers. It helps us build connections and to create legacy. Without art, we do not live.
To see the impact of the creative process on my Dad's journey inspires me to no end, and I know it will inspire you. His art is joyous and child-like. Ultimately, this book will provide inspiration and motivation to families, caregivers, service providers, and artists alike.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some of you just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help! Help us spread the word about this campaign, about the book itself, and about the power of art to heal through your social media network and word of mouth!
We appreciate you!
- Katarina Thorsen
Katarina Thorsen is an artist/art therapist/craftivist, currently providing services to at-risk youth on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Kat’s own artwork can be found in international collections and includes drawing, painting, street art, journaling, and crafts. She is passionate about the therapeutic power of art.
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