Lyndsay Ladobruk (Christina Thompson)
Soaking Up Donations (for flood relief) was a response to the floods in Manitoba. We wanted to use the opportunity to raise donations from the public in a unconventional way. Lyndsay Ladobruk and I attempted to soak up the flood water of the Assiniboine river with nets made of bright coloured sponges, and continued to do so from 12-5pm on Sunday afternoon.
We sought to raise the questions of how much work does it take to help the flood victims, what happens with the water afterwards, is there a better way of rerouting the flood water?
The idea for Soaking Up Donations (for flood relief) was devised by Miss Lyndsay Ladobruk, artistic director of the Central Canadian Center for Performance. We believe that Art creates good conversation. Not only were we giving out info provided by the Canadian Red Cross, but we were also shared stories with the public of their past flood experiences. We have used our skills for creating a visual representation of flood removal and with that were able to raise over $100 for families affected by the flood.
The Central Canadian Center for Performance would like to point out that even after the event, the Canadian Red Cross still needs not only volunteer labour, but also donations to help the flood victims. We urge others to get out and help in any way they can.
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