Post-Part Kitchener Walking Exhibition

PostPart  is an inter-arts project inspired by the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gilman's main character, modelled after her own personal experience, finds herself prescribed the "resting cure" by her own physician husband after having given birth. She is isolated from her child and put on strict order to rest, within a room covered in what she refers to as "putrid" yellow wallpaper. She becomes slowly obsessed with the wallpaper and convinced within it lives a women needing to escape. So begin a slow decent into Postpartum Psychosis. Combining illustration, RGB filter technology, collage and audio composition, Post-Part asks its audience to step into the experience of Postpartum Mood Disorders. 

In light of the current pandemic and it’s restrictions on physical exhibitions, Post-Part is having to reimagine how we can continue to exhibit, and thus advocate and educate for Perinatal Mental Health services. Originally built as a room within a room installation, we can no longer depend on indoor gallery spaces to exhibit this project and are thus pivoting. This pivot is also allowing us to expand and have a farther reach, which we are fully embracing. 

We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Kitchener, to translate our previous in-person exhibition to an outdoor walking exhibition anchored in city windows.  We have partnered with Postpartum Support International's Climbing Out of the Darkness Walk in order to allow those who sign up for the event to walk the exhibition as their walk to raise awareness. Though we have received incredible support thus far, the short turnaround for this project leaves us no options for grant funding other than those micro grants already received. In order to continue to connect the project strongly to Kitchener, and Waterloo Region, we are asking for help from the community.  In order to be able to pay for all of our vinyl printing for our windows, as well as fairly pay artist collaborators, we hope you will consider sponsoring or donating to the project.

Here is how your donations can help:

$0-99
- Giant virtual hug and thank you for your donations!
- Helping to pay artist collaborator fees and honorariums to testimony providers from the community. 

$100-299
- Help paying artist collaborator fees, honorariums to testimony providers.
- Listing your name and link to a chosen website on our PostPart website .

$300-500
- Help paying artist collaborator fees, honorariums to testimony providers.
- Logo placement with link on one of our interactive web pages being built to link to one of the windows of the exhibition.
- Logo on our PostPart website  main page with link to website of your specification.
- Sponsor thank you post on Instagram with tag within body of post.

$750
- Sponsorship of one window. 
- Logo printed on window vinyl alongside QR code giving audience access to one of multiple interactive pages.
- Logo placement on the interactive website page linked to said window.
- Logo on our Postpart website  main page with link to website of your specification.
- Sponsor logo and tag in a thank you post to Instagram and our Facebook climb page.

Donations exceeding $1200 would allow donor to sponsor two windows of the exhibition.

We are also accepting donations of window spaces within the downtown Kitchener area, without monetary donations attached (or smaller donations). If you have a window you are willing to donate, please contact me directly at [email redacted]  ... any window spaces donated will allow you your logo on our website with Instagram post to announce the partnership.

Any funds raised above our goal will be directly donated to the Climbing Out of the Darkness Waterloo Region campaign . You can also equally donate directly to the Climbing Out of the Darkness walk by clicking on the link below. No monetary profits from the walk will be given to Post-Part. We are partners in advocacy and event planning, but independent in our fundraising.
  • Tara Hosie 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Shannon Muegge 
    • $25 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Emily Jankowski 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Carol Culhane 
    • $150 
    • 4 mos
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Organizer

Catherine Mellinger 
Organizer
Waterloo, ON
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