• J.Lyon

Safe Spaces and Collaborative Art at the Waterloo Public Library

Updated: Apr 30

The Diamond Project teamed up with the Waterloo Library in January to host an epic collaborative art night, featuring local artists and an interactive installation.

It's important to acknowledge safe spaces everywhere. What does your safe space look like?

We had over 25 new friends drop-in to explore what it means to connect through art. We hosted five talented artists, showcased a wonderful exhibit, led 4 amazingly collaborative workshops, and explored the interactive installation.

The installation was created by Jasmine Choi with support from Jennifer Lyon. Each participating artist contributed an item or piece of art with the intention that participants will feel safe within the space and interacting with the items within. The installation was inspired by nature, featuring a tent structure, faux leaves, lake sounds playing on a boom box and a zen garden made from moss.

Thanks to our artists:

Myself (Jennifer Lyon), Event Organizer, and Photography workshop coordinator

Jasmine Choi, visual artist

J.Drews, illustrator

Perry Gasteiger, poet


Andrea Nesbitt, visual artist

ABOUT J.LYON (She/Her) J.Lyon, also known as Jennifer Lyon, is an award-winning Ontario-based visual artist.

Jennifer's primary work is as a professional portrait and commercial photographer operating in southern Ontario. She offers a broad range of unique services, including commercial branding, product photography and portraiture, with studio locations in K-W and Collingwood.

Jennifer considers herself an Eco Artist, beautifully blending natural materials and textures and always advocating for the environment. Jennifer employs a range of mediums in her work as an artist, including, landscape architecture, sculpture, carving, and fashion and is available for commissions. You can also search for her previous work on her blog.


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