Finding Your Rhythm
Thanks to donor support, Gifts of Light is creating a sense of community through the joy of drum making and playing. In partnership with Vibe Arts, a community arts organization in Toronto, Gifts of Light gave clients the opportunity to participate in “Beat of Your Own Drum (BYOD)” last summer — and its impact continues to echo across CAMH.
Over three weeks, more than 10 clients worked with drum master, Saikou, to build their own Djembe drums. It was a fun, hands-on experience. Clients chose symbols from Ghana to draw onto the body of the drum and were responsible for sanding, waxing and preparing it for the intricate tuning process.
Each class, the clients started to gain a new sense of confidence about not only the drum making process, but their identity within the group. "Friendships were developing, and our clients began sharing stories, skills and compliments with one another,” said Quinn Kirby, Gifts of Light Program Manager.
The finished drums were donated to units across the hospital, so that everyone could enjoy them. Gifts of Light continued to facilitate weekly workshops throughout the fall, teaching clients and staff how to use the drums and celebrate the healing nature of music together.
“We were overwhelmed with the popularity and success of the drumming programs in 2017 and discussions with Vibe Arts are well underway to bring additional music and art programs to our clients throughout 2018,” said Kirby.
Watch the drum making process below and donate today to help more CAMH clients build confidence.