A group of Delta community organizers have launched The RESET Weekend, a series of music and community arts workshops events on June 17 and 18, in support of mental health wellness.
The group includes Andrew and Meg Neufeld from Alongside You, musicians Mike and Emile Greene and actors Eric and Peg Keenleyside of Delta Stageworks.
“The pandemic has had its mental health stresses for everybody; including ourselves,” says Eric Keenleyside. “So we wanted to offer a weekend of arts activities that could be a good place to relax, have some laughs, reconnect and reenergize.”
The RESET Weekend has a musicians jam on Friday, June 17 at the Tsawwassen Legion, and also several low-cost arts workshop options available on Saturday, June 18 at Ladner's All Saints Anglican Church and Ladner Baptist Church.
“COVID-19 has made in-person get togethers and arts-related activities very challenging for the past two and a half years. We know from research, and our experiences at our clinic, that the arts have a powerful influence on how we process, and cope with stress,” said Andrew Neufeld. “We also know how powerful the arts are for creating connections. Relationships are key coming out of COVID-19 and we’re looking forward to creating new connections together at The RESET Weekend.”
The Friday night musicians jam at the Legion will be hosted by The Lite Stripes with Andrew Neufeld and house band hosts Mike and Emile Greene, featuring local musicians from around Delta.
“Whether you are a player, a singer or just feel like listening, join us for some great local live music,” said Mike Greene. “Bring your instruments, your microphones, your friends and let’s play like the pandemic never happened.”
The Saturday arts workshops will be facilitated by arts and mental health professionals from Alongside You, Delta Stageworks and Delta Youth Theatre.
Workshop options include therapeutic dance, theatre games, visual arts and musical theatre.
“I'm truly grateful that so many experienced local professionals have come forward to lead these workshops,” said Peg Keenleyside. “Creative activities that spark joy and bring laughter into our lives is absolutely the thing we need to stay resilient right now.”
She notes that no experience is necessary to participate in any of the workshops on offer and that they're all geared for adults.
Sponsor support for The RESET Weekend is coming from the Delta Community Foundation, Neighbourhood Grants Program, Alongside You and Delta Stageworks.
All the weekend's events as well as costs to participate can all be found on Eventbrite.