About HANDS OF FIRE

WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS TO EXPRESS THEIR CREATIVITY THROUGH SCULPTING IN A SAFE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT.

 
Photo Description: Two hands holding a rectangular piece of grey clay.

Photo Description: Two hands holding a rectangular piece of grey clay.

Hands of Fire is a sculpture group for blind and visually impaired individuals and has been an official chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind since June 2016. The group prides itself not only on the level of creativity it boasts but on the thriving sense of community that emboldens the members with confidence in their artistic abilities as well as their social lives. Hands of Fire meets every Saturday from 11am-2pm at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind main office (1929 Bayview Avenue) in Toronto.

OBJECTIVES

Hands of Fire achieves its mission statement by ensuring specific goals and objectives are met. Chief among these objectives are to:

Photo description: Sculptor holding a metal pointed tool in their left hand and a sculpture of a bird in their left hand.

Photo description: Sculptor holding a metal pointed tool in their left hand and a sculpture of a bird in their left hand.

  1. Enable creative expression for members through the tactile medium of sculpting.

  2. Always maintain a strong and dynamic sense of community for members to step out of their comfort zone and interact with their peers.

  3. Stress the therapeutic and meditative nature of art; although Hands of Fire does not directly provide any medical or therapeutic treatment for those living with vision loss.

  4. Aims to always foster a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment free from all forms of discrimination.