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The Sunflower Project

What is the Sunflower Project?
ART AS WAYFINDING in life and community 
Be an ART WAYFINDER!
TAKE AN ART WAYFINDER WORKSHOP!
DO AN ART WAYFINDING SIGNAGE in your community!
contact us to find out how to connect in art in action

A global SUNFLOWER IMAGE & inclusive story-telling movement spearheaded by world renown award winning master muralist Michelle Loughery in 2013. Social change maker, community tourism art infrastructure specialist and human rights champion,
 Michelle Loughery has led art and public art legacy projects around the globe and has stayed connected to the communities and people she has worked with in the model that has raised millions of dollars for small communities world wide, but more importantly built socio economic bridges for many that could not find a door open to them. 
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or support more art and sunflower story telling

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Loughery's dream of a connected community highway art route that would support inclusive projects in all communities has been her vision for decades with her AR:T ROUTE BLUE destination mural town project and the ART ROUTE GOLD sunflower project. The sunflower is symbolic of life, peace and connected planet with out nuclear weapons. Now more than ever is this symbol important as we are facing the Ukraine Crisis.
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Her award winning arts legacy projects are legendary and this global project is challenging communities and artists to unite in a global connected sunflower movement of sunflower art in action that also includes the sharing of stories of the creative skills that are the shared knowledge passed on hand by hand.Based in Artist Loughery's Wayfinder Art and creative community philosophy, taught to her by her immigrant families, this Canadian root story and global movement is an award winning model that connects creative communities to those unattached to the systems and supports, youth, seniors and new Canadians while supporting non-profits  through community social action that leaves social and art tourism shared economic legacies behind.

The global movement and online art in action consulting supports teaching communities about the importance of WAYFINDER art routes and WAYFINDER(tm) art in each community is part of the knowledge and work the team of Wayfinder artists do.

Using a digital podcast platform (AR:T ROUTE RADIO) www.artroutradio.ca to connect and engage. Story telling is a powerful tool and supports hearing of other creative Wayfinders in all areas of life and connecting that power collectively on the

WAYFINDER CREATIVE NETWORK

Contact us to learn how to be an ART WAYFINDER,
Sunflower warrior or to start your own WAYFINDER ART ROUTE.


Connect with us on AR:T ROUTE RADIO.
Hear the ART! See the RADIO and listen to the power of art to create social change.


Wayfinder Community Challenge

Be  a WAYFINDER #sunflowerwarrior
We #standwithukraine 
 Social CHANGE MAKERS on
 
the Creative WAYFINDER NETWORK

Challenge for artists around the world to participate in the largest connected sunflower trail in support of peace in Ukraine and the world.

Create your sunflower public art.

Follow and share on IG @wayfinderartroute

Tag #thesunflowerproject

#wayfinderart #artrouteradio

 

Let's create a powerful sunflower connected art sunflower planting art piece around the globe

Connecting communities with a Sunflower symbol for peace, planet
and creative inclusive communities.
Engage youth, seniors and communities to lead a creative 
renewal moment of Peace, Planet and a creative community.

Our communities are connected along the stretch of blue skies and highways,
but the gold is in the threads and stories of the people in the dotted lines we follow.
 Share the light and work together to a better tomorrow.
Contact us to ask how to be involved!

A Global WAYFINDER ART & SUNFLOWER PLANTING TRAIL  
Creating Seeds & ART for Tomorrow!

“Like the sunflowers in the field when the light fades, we can turn to each other to gain connected strength.  For my immigrant grandparents, who were interned during World War One in Canada, let the sun shine on your faces.   And to my grandchildren, make your tomorrow be better than today!”
-  Michelle Loughery  International Master Muralist

The Symbol of the SunflowerHost Artist Michelle Loughery
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Loughery's The Wayfinder Sunflower Project was started in 2013 during the painting of the Internment Mural in Vernon, BC. The success of the campaign was huge, and hundreds of seeds were planted and many sunflower paintings were inspired. The poem included, by Georgianna Moore, was a part of this inspiration. This project could provide the impetus for further conversation about internment, the importance of cultural history, human rights and social responsibility.

During Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to1920 thousands of men, women and children were branded as “enemy aliens.” Many were imprisoned. Stripped of what little wealth they had, forced to do heavy labour in Canada’s hinterlands, they were also disenfranchised and subjected to other state sanctioned censures not because of anything they had done but only because of where they had come from, who they were.

 Muralist Michelle Loughery speaks about the importance of Art in remembering history

SUNFLOWERS
FOR PEACE

Paint for
people, place and peace.

Sunflower shines over Vernon peace event. Artists Michelle Loughery and Brenda Ellis joined by others, including public, to paint sunflowers for peace.

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 The Wayfinder Sunflower Project -
The Year of the Sunflower continues with the
National Exhibition Pause In Plight
coming to Gallery Vertigo in June 2022!

Gallery Vertigo, in partnership with the Sunflower Project, invites you to our newest exhibit, Pause in Plight— curated by Winnipeg Visual Artist Kerri Parnell in partnership with the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.  The exhibition includes a series of artworks by Kerri Parnell that depict the internment of Ukrainian and Eastern Europeans in Canada during World War 1.  One of the gravest forms of injustice is when victims cannot tell their story, when they are silenced by denial or indifference, when they are marginalized and pushed to the periphery of history. 

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FIND YOUR YELLOW
BE A SUNFLOWER WARRIOR
STAND TALL
BE STRONG
Connect with your community 
And let WAYFINDER ART lead you to find your light! 
BE KIND & always turn your face
to the sun.

 

Finding your way with art
The Wayfinder ART Project has been connecting and creating with communities for over 25 years.

 

#seedbyseed 
#wayfinderart
 #thesunflowerproject 

SUNFLOWER AR:T SIGHTINGS
Take a SUNFLOWER SELFIE AND TAG
#wayfinderart #thesunflowerproject #sunflowerselfie #sunflowerwarriors @wayfinderartroute
@artrouteradio
@artistmichelleloughery
TAKE A SUNFLOWER ROAD TRIP
Spot the sunflower back road trip game!
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The Wayfinder AR:T Gallery

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BIG ART, BIG WALLS, BIG STORIES! When Walls Talk!
AR:T ROUTE Radio

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The Wayfinder AR:T Map
on the Digital Highway!

 
 
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"The Sunflower represents all nationalities that have had their freedoms and rights taken. As a symbol of strength, but also as a symbol of rebirth and creative energy to renew. 

Through conversation we can recognize those who suffered from these injustices and, through greater awareness, ensure that similar injustices are less likely to be repeated in the future as we work towards a new renewal of Canada."

- Michelle Loughery 

International Master Artist 

The Sunflower Project Founder

    Award winning Master Artist Michelle Loughery, Canadian First World War Recognition Fund Internee Descendent, and founder of AR:T Route Blue™ and the Wayfinder AR:T Project.

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Parents!
Take your kids on a
drive-by Family Sunflower Sighting during Covid!

tag #sunflowersighting
@wayfinderartroute

Sunflower Selfie Campaign!
Visit the WAYFINDER Sunflower AR:T installation at Gallery Vertigo and take your sunflower selfie with the huge ART sunflower mural coming soon and tag us to see your sunflower selfie!

Tags #sunflowerselfie #artrouteradio #galleryvertigo #seedbyseed #thesunflowerproject #wayfinderart

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Faith and Sunflowers

What does it take to be able to breath?

Faith & Sunflowers, and honey bees

What does it take to be able to see?

Faith and Sunflowers, and honey bees

What does it take when you are down on your knees?

Faith & Sunflowers, and honey bees.

When the light is over the next mountain top

Joy and happiness has happened to stop

What does it take to be able to see?

Faith & Sunflowers and you and me.

Faith and sunflowers, and little drops of rain…kissing the earth and awakening us again.

Feel the earth and smell the seas,

Walk the planet as gentle as can be.

Shine the light and feel the sun.

Faith and Sunflowers, and Honey Bees.

Faith and Sunflowers and little drops of love.. kindness leading us to the sun.

Faith and Sunflowers and honey Bees

Faith and Sunflowers and you and me.

- Master Artist Michelle Loughery  

 
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Take it to the Wall!  

 

BIG ART, BIG WALLS, BIG STORIES! When Walls Talk! Join Master Artist Michelle Loughery and friends, as they bring community mural art to life.

 

HEAR THE ART

See and experience the art through the lens of the master muralists that created the modern masterpieces. 

SEE THE RADIO 

AR:T ROUTE Radio

take a listen ...

audio streaming times may vary.

The Symbol of the SunflowerHost Artist Michelle Loughery
00:00 / 01:04
The Power of FilmGuest Actor-Filmmaker Ryan Boyko
00:00 / 01:04
Canadian SunflowersGuest Anne Sadelain
00:00 / 01:04
It’s Time for the Music to Play Guest Melina Schein (Moore)
00:00 / 01:04
Community as a SunflowerGuest Artist Brigitte Red
00:00 / 01:04
Sunflower tea withGuest Patricia Kozler
00:00 / 02:26
Talking to the SunflowersHost Michelle Loughery
00:00 / 04:12
Talking to the SunflowersGuest Andrea Malysh
00:00 / 11:29
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OKANAGAN
Sunflower 2022 Campaign!

 

Leading the new year
is
The Wayfinder Sunflower
AR:T Project


SPRING
Seed by Seed

 &

FALL
SUNFLOWER SKIRTS 


Artist Collaboration Exhibitions 
at Gallery Vertigo
Vernon, BC



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 #seedbyseed #seedbyseedOK #seedbyseedART #talkingtothesunflowers #wayfinderart  #artrouteradio  #seetheradio  #heartheart  
#thesunflowerproject @artistmichelleloughery 
@thesunflowerproject.ca  @galleryvertigo

The Wayfinder Sunflower Project Seed by Seed Exhibition

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My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back. - Louis Riel

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The Sunflower is native to North America and was cultivated by Native Americans for multiple uses.  

 

The Arrowleaf Balsamroot is native to many places and is also known as the Okanagan Sunflower!

Tallest Sunflower as of 2014 is 9.17 m (30 ft 1 in) grown in Germany!

Young sunflowers use an instinctive action called Heliotropism to  solar track the sun.

Cultures around the world use Sunflower seeds as a food source, medicine, dye and oil.

 

Sunflowers are one many types of plants known to aid in the removal of contaminates in soil. 

Bee Aware - planting Organic, Non-GMO seeds supports bees!

About Sunflowers