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Duplessis Orphans heal through art

The Story


Raphaëlle is a precocious five-year-old. She's helping her new friend Jean-Paul, 70, draw a star -- and heal himself. Jean-Paul was separated from his family at age six and spent the better part of his life in a Quebec institution. When he first started art therapy he was particularly reserved. Art therapists recruited Raphaëlle, the daughter of artists, to draw Jean-Paul out of his shell. And now, Jean-Paul has at long last learned to express himself, as shown in this CBC Television report. 

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: April 10, 2000
Guest(s): Pierre Henry, Jean-Paul, Lorraine Palardy
Reporter: Ray Fichaud
Duration: 4:30

Did You know?


• Les Impatients is a non-profit organization which introduces patients, who have been referred by psychiatrists and psychologists, to the process of art-making. The program was established in 1992.
• A book and exhibition titled Le Trio Improbable featured the works of Jean-Paul, Pierre Henry and Raphaëlle.
• Les Impatients work with 225 patients in their art studios. (2005)


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