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Project Belonging Contest Winners Revealed!

This winter, staff, friends of KW Hab, and the people supported at KW Hab submitted beautiful artwork to the Project Belonging community art contest. The three artists who got the most votes on their artpiece are now being showcased at Country Hills community library!

We met with Amanda Neely, a Local Community Connector at Out and About Waterloo Region, who told us that the goal for the project was to foster inclusivity and encourage creativity for everyone connected to KW Habilitation.  It all started when she was meeting with a person she works with who had the dream to see his art showcased.

“I wanted to provide opportunities for the diverse people associated with KW Habilitation to have the chance to contribute to a collective artistic expression. We launched Project Belonging which became a testament to the power of collaboration, highlighting the potential for collective creativity,” says Amanda.

The contest was a major success with 10 beautiful art submissions ranging from flowers, to portraits and beautiful winter scenes. 

Photo of all Project Belonging Art Contest submissions.

Once all the work was submitted, everyone voted both online and in-person (at Grant’s Cafe at KW Habilitation’s main office) for their favourite art piece! We are proud to announce our three winners: Felipe Alvarez, Holly Williams, and Biniam Negash.

Picture showing all three winning art pieces in the Project belonging art contest. The first image on the left shows painting of clowns by Felipe Alvarez. The middle image shows a painting of an elderly man by Biniam Negash. The photo on the right is a picture of snowmen by Holly Williams.

“I hope people see this as a celebration of artistic expression but also as a symbol of unity and empowerment at KW Habilitation and in our community,” says Amanda. These three art pieces were chosen to be displayed at Country Hills community library where you can go take a look anytime!

The three winning art pieces on the shelf diplay at the Country Hills community library
You can see the Project Belonging Art Contest winning art pieces in person at Country Hills community library.