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Highlights of ArtBridges’ Site Visits in Montreal 3/3

 

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Catherine, ready for a day of site visits!

Last June, ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’s Project Director, Seanna Connell and Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, Catherine Lamaison, spent a week in Montréal to visit and meet 19 community partners and learn about the work that they do on the ground. While most of the ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’ team’s work is done online or over the phone from our Toronto office, getting a chance to travel, see community arts programs in action and finally meet partners in person is always highly inspiring and gives all the meaning to our work.

We’ve decided to dedicate a series of three blog posts to the amazing community arts and arts for social change initiatives we’ve discovered in Montreal. Check out part 1 and part 2 here.

Thursday June 23rd
After three days of visits, we were so inspired by all this new information and discovery that it became difficult to talk about it right away, we needed time to process it all. In the meantime, we kept going and were on our way to more exciting meetings for our last day in town: Exeko, Cafe Graffiti, NDG Seniors Atelier, Les Impatients, ELAN and Cirque Hors Piste.

Exeko is a very innovative and progressive organization offering a variety of programs, all extremely creative and aiming at achieving social inclusion through art and philosophy. Exeko’s approach consists in creating collective thinking spaces where everyone is equal, through the organization of critical or creative workshops and programs.  They are Spectrum Productions’ neighbours, in a big arts building in Le Plateau.

Raymond Vigier, founder of Café Graffiti, in the arts studio.

Café Graffiti is an organization that has existed for 30 years in the Maisonneuve neighbourhood, relying on an interesting business model. The publication of a magazine (a prevention tool sold all over Québec, mostly in schools, in French and English and edited by the founder of Café Graffiti, Raymond Viger) and the profit of a bar/restaurant across the street (Bistro Ste Catherine) generates money to fund the organization. Café Graffiti aims at offering a space where youth can come, hang out, make art and feel safe, while developing professional skills, fighting exclusion and marginalization.

Seanna dropped in to see the renowned organization – Les Impatients. Aside from large meeting/art rooms and gift shop there is a museum that showcases sculptures made by program participants. Here art therapy, hands-on arts activities and incredible art exhibits are all in progress! montreal newsletter photo 7Seanna dropped in at the NDG Seniors Atelier’s weekly workshop founded and run by Nicole Macoretta, a masters student in art therapy at Concordia. This new Art Hive is situated in the rec room on the ground floor of a senior’s residence. This beautiful weekly program works so well because it is accessible to the residents and neighbourhood (the program came to them! rather than residents travelling out to a program); there are no overhead costs, as there is an arrangement with the facility to not charge rent; the facility has given them a secure storage area for art supplies (so that materials don’t need to be carted back and forth every week and so that artwork in progress can be stored). Mostly it works so well because Nicole has created an environment for creativity that is warm, supportive, non-judgemental, joyful and accommodating. Participants are free to work on a new weekly art activity or their own project.

Seanna met with Christie Huff with ELAN – English-Language Arts Network that “connects, supports, and creates opportunities for Québec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities.” ELAN works on expanding access to affordable English language arts activities and workshops. Christie was interested in learning more about ArtBridges and to exchange ideas.

Finally, Catherine met with Karine Lavoie from Cirque Hors Piste. Cirque Hors Piste is a social circus organization. It is the Montréal cell of Cirque du Monde, the social action branch of Cirque du Soleil. Offering marginalized people with an alternative space and creative inclusion, the organization promotes individual, social and collective learning through the circus arts. It provides social circus workshops where outreach workers and circus instructors join forces. Regular sessions, sessions in public spaces, and creations in intensive mode – all aim to support the personal, physical and social development of young people in precarious situations. The overarching goal is to help participants create new relationships with society. It was exciting to learn more about the whole social circus network in Canada!

From left to right: Seanna Connell, Russell Jr Ratt, Mathieu Melançon, Catherine Lamaison and Craig Commanda.

From left to right: Seanna Connell, Russell Jr Ratt, Mathieu Melançon, Catherine Lamaison and Craig Commanda.

Friday, June 24th
Seanna and Catherine met early on St. Jean Baptiste Day morning, left Montréal and drove almost 4 hours north-west to Kitigan Zibi reserve to meet young video artists at the Wapikoni Mobile outreach program. The mobile – an RV equipped with state of the art video equipment was plugged in for the month to an electrical outlet at a rest stop in the community. Matthieu- our host – introduced us to Craig and Russell – young community residents whom had previously made a few 5-minute videos. We sat, talked and watched their videos and learned all about Wapikoni. Wapikoni provides Indigenous youth with equipment, skills and guidance on how to tell something personally meaningful through video. The stories are poignant and deeply moving. Youth are fully part of all the processes of video conception and development and the outcomes are professional quality. The videos are shown around the world. After a couple of hours we high-tailed it back through Ottawa and down the 401 to Toronto, so stimulated from all the amazing people we met and projects we saw and learned about. What a privilege! Thank you community partners in Montréal!!!

-Seanna Connell and Catherine Lamaison

Highlights of ArtBridges’ Site Visits in Montreal 2/3

Last June, ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’s Project Director, Seanna Connell and Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, Catherine Lamaison, spent a week in Montréal to visit and meet 19 community partners and learn about the work that they do on the ground. While most of the ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’ team’s work is done online or over the phone from our Toronto office, getting a chance to travel, see community arts program in action and finally meet partners in person is always highly inspiring and gives all the meaning to our work.

We’ve decided to dedicate a series of three blog posts to the amazing community arts and arts for social change initiatives we’ve discovered in Montréal. Check out yesterday’s post to read about the beginning of our site visits trip!

Wednesday, June 22nd
On our third day we separated in order to visit more community partners. While Seanna explored more art hives (La Ruche St Henri and Le Milieu) and met with Marilyn Lajeunesse, Educational program officer at the Musee des Beaux Arts, Catherine met with Emily Laliberté from Funambules Media and later on with Joel Naggar, intervention coordinator, who gave her a tour of the famous Day Centre for homeless youth Dans La Rue. We met for lunch in the middle–with Esther Filion from Rouage and Seanna ended the day with a meeting with Chad Lubelsky at the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Since 2008 the Funambules Medias Team has worked towards social change by providing marginalized and at-risk populations, mostly youth, with media training and material for them to create, to express themselves and to reflect on systemic causes leading to the criminalization of youth. Funambules Medias also offers production and broadcast services.  Every summer, they organize the Festival de Films Sous les Etoiles, a big outdoor and free film festival in Montréal parks. This event is very popular and features screenings of documentaries related to social change. Finally, they produce various kinds of documentaries and institutional films for organizations driven by social change endeavours.

Collectif Porte-Voix's stunning prevention book "Parcours, Chacun son Temps".

Collectif Porte-Voix’s stunning prevention book “Parcours, Chacun son Temps”.

Musee des Beaux Arts
Seanna met with Marilyn Lajeunesse, Educational program officer at the Musee des Beaux Arts. She had learned about the museum’s progressive community engagement program “Sharing the Museum” at a recent Power of the Arts Forum. Started 15 years ago, this program, supported by the museum’s foundation, collaborates with diverse community partners both outside the museum’s walls with communities and inside the museum’s art studios. Community partnerships include homeless drop-ins, eating-disorder clinics, and refugee centres. Dans la Rue was founded by Father Emmet Johns “Pops” in 1988. This charity organization helps homeless and at-risk-youth, providing care and services related to their immediate needs and to help them acquire skills needed “to lead more autonomous and rewarding lives.” The Day Center offers two artistic spaces running programs on a weekly basis (a visual arts room and a music recording/production room), along with additional drop-in programs led by other community arts organizations such as Cirque Hors Piste.

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La Ruche St Henri’s main room

La Ruche St Henri Art Hive in St. Henri is based in a storefront with a spacious backyard and stellar cellar (a depot for found materials once bound for the landfill and now repurposed for art-making.) Seanna visited with facilitators, Sarah Tevyaw and Nicole Macoretta, during the open studio workshop for seniors. Piano, loom, spinning wheel, books, ink, indigo dye, gardening and pencils…one can get involved with any of the supplies and projects, enjoy a cup of tea and chat with other participants in a relaxed, quiet and warm community studio that inspires creativity, camaraderie and belonging. La Ruche collaborates with neighbouring organizations including a hospital for cancer patients. Outpatient peer-support circles meet here to make art in a setting alternative to hospital. What a great community partnership! (Read more here.) Catherine and Seanna both met with Esther Filion from Engrenage Noir / ROUAGE. “Engrenage Noir, founded in Montréal in 2002, is an non-profit organization. Its program ROUAGE supports activist art practice financially and through training and networking. It aims at partnering with community organizations defending peoples’ rights and their members who share a similar form of oppression or social exclusion in order to see how an activist art project can support their work.”

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Kay (on the right) and her visiting friend at Le Milieu

Seanna then met with Kay Noele at the Le Milieu – Atelier et Café de Quartier, an Art Hive near metro Beaudry. This small corner-store art studio/café has floor-to-ceiling shelves of art supplies open for the community. One person was sewing on a machine, another working on a silk screen, another writing. Delicious cake was ready and coffee was brewing. (Sales pay the rent!) Open for the community for free, this community art studio is run as a co-op with fee-paying members. Anyone can be a member by paying about $50. Members are encouraged to volunteer to keep the doors open for approximately 3-hour periods, teach an art activity, organize supplies or help out at the café. The co-op finds enough volunteers to run this open café & studio every day (7 days a week!) year-round. What every city neighbourhood would benefit from! Kay and the few facilitating the co-op make the work look easy and fluid, but there is an art to making this work so well. Visit and find out!

At the end of a busy day of site visits, Seanna met with Chad Lubelsky, a brilliant Program Director with the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation. This was a chance to thank Chad for the foundation’s support to ArtBridges and to keep the conversation going. The foundation has provided ArtBridges with the means to develop a theory of change, an evaluation framework, impact evaluation, as well as project development and capacity building. Chad loved to hear about our site visits and had some suggestions about other programs to see. We talked about the uniqueness of community arts and arts for social change projects going on in Québec and indeed through all regions in Canada- how projects vary from city to city, region to region, based on language, culture and resources.

Highlights of ArtBridges’ Site Visits in Montreal! 1/3

Last June, ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’s Project Director, Seanna Connell and Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, Catherine Lamaison, spent a week in Montréal to visit and meet 19 community partners and learn about the work that they do on the ground. While most of the ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’ team’s work is done online or over the phone from our Toronto office, getting a chance to travel, see community arts program in action and finally meet partners in person is always highly inspiring and gives all the meaning to our work.

We’ve decided to dedicate a series of 3 blog posts to the amazing community arts and arts for social change initiatives we’ve discovered in Montréal. There is something very particular about that place, and about the work that is made possible there. Seanna and myself have been amazed by the originality and innovation of programs, the variety of organization models, the dedication and drive of mostly volunteer staff, the resources available and the crucial understanding of the importance of community arts and arts for social change. We believe that stories and ideas need to travel more across provinces, and particularly across languages, and that the rest of Canada needs to be more aware of the kinds of projects that are developed in Québec. Here are highlights about each organization we met.

Monday, June 20th  la place commune Our first stop was in the Parc Extension neighbourhood, at a fairly new art hive — part of the Art Hives Network called La Place Commune. Primarily a coffee shop restaurant whose revenues help support the rent and staff, La Place Commune set up an arts corner with supplies that can be used for free. Come for a coffee or just to make art or both, this place is open and the members believe in shared economy. We then headed to Westmount to meet with Ruth Gagnon and her assistant Anne-Celine at Elizabeth Fry Society du Québec. We talked specifically about their art programs and about the Art Entr’Elles collective and its projects. Art Entr’Elles is a non-profit organization gathering criminalized women and professional artists in collaborative projects. Through the making of art, this collective of women support self-esteem building, sense of belonging to a community, critical thinking, socio-political expression and reinsertion to society. Tuesday, June 21st We started our second day in Montreal with a meeting with the Culture Days team in their Mile Ex office. Culture Days is a 3-day event across Canada aiming to get community engagement happening around the arts. This event is particularly important for communities that have little art events on a regular basis. They have provincial chapters that run Culture Days in each province independently. It was particularly interesting for us to have a discussion with another nation-wide organization. Catherine then met with Alyssa Kuzmarov from Productions Oracle near Concordia University campus. Productions Oracle is a bilingual non-profit organization providing at-risk youth and adults with creative modes of expression through writing and video-making workshops. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences through an empowering process of documentary-making while developing social skills and values of respect and tolerance. Productions Oracle also offers production services for social and educational videos as well as promotional and corporate videos.

Liam and Dan, co-founders of Spectrum Productions.

Liam and Dan, co-founders of Spectrum Productions.

We stopped by Spectrum Productions summer camp, in Le Plateau. Working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Spectrum Productions is a community-based non-profit organization that provides “social, creative, exploratory and employment opportunities” through workshops, summer camps and various programs focusing on film and media production. Most of the programs are run in their own space part of an arts building in Le Plateau, with multiple rooms and professional video equipment. At the end of a day of site visits we were so happy to finally meet Jacinthe Laforte for the first time! Jacinthe has been translating ArtBridges/ToileDesArts content from English to French since 2011 remotely. She was originally referred to ArtBridges by Engrenage Noir / ROUAGE. What a delight to finally meet in person after 5 years and enjoy a glass of wine together! Don’t miss the rest of our site visits highlights in Montréal in tomorrow’s blog post!

Jacinthe Laforte and Seanna Connell. from ArtBridges

Jacinthe Laforte and Seanna Connell. from ArtBridges

Métissages Urbains : Un Projet D’Exeko qui fleurit le Quartier des Spectacles à Montréal

exeko-metissages-logo “Métissages Urbains accueille des artistes en résidence dans notre espace commun : la rue. Les œuvres co-créées avec les passants créent un lieu d’échanges et de rencontres improbables entre tous les citoyens. Chaque projet stimule notre créativité, nous invite à apprendre et à confronter nos idées!”

Rendez-vous au parterre du Quartier des spectacles les 17 et 18 septembre et découvrez le champ de 1000 roses initié par Alexandra Pastena et confectionné en refuges, dans la rue, en centre d’accueil, en espace de coworking, dans les cafés… Une véritable ovation à la féminité et un hommage aux femmes autochtones disparues.

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Les autres artistes et projets de la 2ème saison de Métissages Urbains :

Guillaume Vermette avec Le chemin le plus court, comme le disait Chaplin en parlant du rire. L‘artiste, clown dans la vie, va inviter les citoyens à partager un fou rire. Le tout filmé, sera diffusé style vidéo virale sur les internets.

Patsy Van Roost avec Hommage sur trottoir. Un projet poétique qui permet aux citoyens partageant le même quartier de se rendre hommage mutuellement et individuellement. À l’aide de pochoirs, d’une bombe à la craie et de quelques mots doux, la tendresse sera ainsi cultivée sur les trottoirs de l’arrondissement dans lequel on regarde davantage ses pieds que ses voisins.

Un aperçu des programmes des saisons précédentes:

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Résidence artistique entre la talentueuse artiste illustratrice française Lili Sohn, et les citoyens de Ville-Marie incluant ceux vivant dans la rue, en refuges et centre de jour, Portraits de Rue se veut une collaboration créative et inclusive entre tous les citoyens qui donnera lieu à des planches et dessins à l’effigie des rencontres créées au fil des rues, mais surtout un aperçu de tranches de vie que l’on écoute pas suffisamment, des histoires et des identités en images qui changeront peut-être un peu notre regard sur ceux que l’on ignore trop souvent.

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“Même qu’on se dit souvent qu’on aura une maison, avec des tas de fenêtres, avec presque pas de murs, et qu’on vivra dedans, et qu’il fera bon y être, et que si c’est pas sûr, c’est quand même peut-être” chantait Jacques Brel. Chez soi idéal, c’est un peu ça. Imaginé par deux architectes professionnelles, Suzanne Doucet et Colleen Lashuk, c’est avant tout l’idée selon laquelle chacun a le droit de laisser voguer son imaginaire et de rêver à sa maison, à son tipi, à son igloo, à son refuge… Les idées et dessins de son “home” parfait sont ensuite transformés en maquette par les participants.”

Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici

Source : Texte et credit photo: Exeko
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Inauguration d’une nouvelle murale à Montréal Sud-Ouest

MU PRODUIT UNE 5E MURALE DANS L’ARRONDISSEMENT DU SUD-OUEST

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“Montréal, le 17 septembre 2015 — L’organisme de bienfaisance MU inaugurait hier la murale intitulée La danse des esprits libres de l’artiste Carlito Dalceggio, en présence de M. Benoit Dorais, maire de l’arrondissement du Sud-Ouest et chef de la 2e opposition à l’Hôtel de Ville, les élus du district de Saint-Paul-Émard, Mme Anne-Marie Sigouin et M. Alain Vaillancourt, ainsi que Mme Anie Samson, vice-présidente du comité exécutif responsable de la sécurité publique et des services aux citoyens. Depuis 2011, MU a réalisé quatre murales d’envergure dans l’arrondissement du Sud-Ouest. Ces projets s’inscrivent dans une perspective à long terme d’embellissement, de propreté et de revitalisation. Sise à l’intersection des rues Laurendeau et Jolicoeur, cette murale est une idée de Concertation Ville-Émard–Côte-Saint-Paul qui pilote la démarche de revitalisation urbaine intégrée (RUI) et le programme Quartier 21, avec l’appui de l’arrondissement du Sud-Ouest.

« Nous croyons énormément en ce type d’interventions qui contribuent autant à améliorer la qualité de vie des citoyens et à embellir nos quartiers qu’à stimuler le développement culturel urbain. Carlito Dalceggio est un artiste colossal reconnu internationalement et doté d’un univers poétique et artistique singulier et prodigieux. C’est un privilège de pouvoir profiter de son talent », a affirmé M. Benoit Dorais, maire de l’arrondissement.

« Les murales créées par MU font partie de l’opération d’embellissement de la Ville. En plus de donner un visage et une âme à nos quartiers, les répercussions positives de cette démarche sont nombreuses, que ce soit au chapitre du contrôle des graffitis, de l’implication citoyenne ou simplement pour le plaisir des yeux. Un bel environnement, propre, agréable et sécuritaire : c’est ce que veulent les Montréalais et c’est ce que nous leur offrons », a souligné Mme Anie Samson, vice-présidente du comité exécutif responsable de la sécurité publique et des services aux citoyens.

« En devenant le premier arrondissement à se doter d’une politique d’art mural en 2011, Le Sud-Ouest a fait preuve de vision. MU est fière d’être, depuis cinq ans, un partenaire de l’arrondissement afin de développer un patrimoine d’art public local », a ajouté Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, directrice générale et artistique de MU.

Ce projet produit par MU s’est concrétisé grâce au soutien financier de l’Arrondissement du Sud-Ouest, de la Ville de Montréal, de Benjamin Moore et de la Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins. MU a également collaboré avec le centre de loisirs Monseigneur Pigeon où des ateliers d’art mural ont été offerts cet été aux jeunes citoyens du quartier. Ils y ont réalisé leur propre murale intérieure.

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À propos de MU
MU est un organisme de bienfaisance qui transforme l’espace public montréalais en réalisant des murales ancrées dans les communautés. Le cœur de sa démarche : créer des murales pour voir et vivre l’art au quotidien, pour déclencher une transformation sociale et pour léguer, à Montréal, un musée à ciel ouvert. Depuis 2007, MU a réalisé plus de 75 murales d’envergure et pérennes dans une quinzaine de quartiers de la métropole en plus de mettre en œuvre un important volet éducatif.
www.mumtl.org

Pour tout renseignement additionnel :
Caroline Marinacci
Bureau : 514 509 6877 – Cellulaire : 514 912 5847 – Courriel : caroline@mumtl.org”

source : MU communiqué de presse, credit photos : MU
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La Toile des Arts attise les curiosités outre Atlantique

La Toile des Arts se concentre exclusivement sur l’art communautaire et l’art pour le changement social au Canada.
De temps à autres cependant, notre mission et les histoires que nous partageons ont un rayonnement bien plus vaste que nous l’imaginons, et nous nous retrouvons sur le site du Conseil des Arts de Singapour par exemple, ou une histoire que nous partageons se retrouve “re-tweetée” à des milliers de personnes par un rappeur en Floride! C’est l’avantage d’avoir une presence sur le Web, et c’est aussi grâce à des moments comme ceux-ci que la Toile des Arts permet de mesure son impact et rayonnement a l’international.

Il y a quelques semaines, c’est avec surprise et plaisir que nous avons reçu un message d’une réalisatrice française, ayant découvert notre travail sur les réseaux sociaux et souhaitant partager avec nous un projet d’art communautaire sur lequel elle a travaillé à Marseille, dans le sud de la France. Nous avons décidé de faire une exception et de partager son très beau projet sur notre réseau. Il est toujours intéressant de découvrir comment l’art communautaire et l’art pour le changement se développe dans d’autres pays, et plaisant de savoir que le travail de la Toile des Arts inspire des gens au dela de nos frontières.

“Des Petits Princes” à la Compagnie du Silène

En 2014, une jeune réalisatrice marseillaise, Rejanne Avazeri, a filmé les ateliers de la Compagnie du Silène et plus particulièrement le travail réalisé par la psychologue et artiste Nelly Vignal auprès de jeunes handicapés faisant du théâtre avec des jeunes ne souffrant pas de handicap. Le documentaire “Des petits princes” presente ce merveilleux travail et le pouvoir de l’art comme outil de changement social, d’intégration et de dépassement de soi. Le film a été sélectionné au festival 2015 Cinéma et Handicap.


Pour regarder le documentaire, cliquez ici.

Entretien avec Nelly, animatrice des ateliers

J’ai contacté Nelly afin de lui poser quelques questions sur sa démarche; voici les propos que j’ai recueilli:

Catherine : Est-ce un atelier que vous menez chaque année à Marseille ? Depuis combien de temps ? Combien de jeunes y participent ?

Nelly: Oui, les ateliers suivent la saison théâtrale, de septembre à Juin, ils se terminent par la mise en place d’un spectacle collectif joué dans un théâtre. J’anime ces ateliers depuis 3 ans. L’effectif varie chaque année, il dépend du nombre d’enfants handicapés et des possibilités d’inclusion dans un groupe d’enfants non handicapés. Je suis parfois obligée de faire deux groupes de 5 jeunes, parfois il m’est possible de garder un groupe de 10 jeunes ensembles. Cela dépend également de la nature de l’handicap des enfants. Je prends l’entière responsabilité du « Mixage » et je travaille seule, sans animateur ou éducateur à mes côtés donc je dois être particulièrement attentive aux capacités d’inclusion et à l’évolution des enfants porteurs d’un handicap dans un un groupe d’enfants non handicapés. Certaines années, l’inclusion est impossible ou doit se faire sur la durée donc j’anime les groupes de manière distincte. Mes groupes, en général ne dépassent pas 10 enfants.

Catherine: Obtenez-vous des subventions ?

Nelly: Pour l’instant je n’ai fait aucune demande de subvention car je souhaitais me consacrer à la mise en place d’une méthode de travail sérieuse et approfondie. Cela m’a pris du temps et me demande d’évoluer et de me former moi-même à différentes techniques, corporelles notamment, en plus de mes bagages d’artiste et de Psychologue. C’est un travail assez atypique, qui, dans ma région n’est pas très répandu et je dirais même que la France, de manière générale peine à évoluer vers une prise en charge différente, moderne et pluridisciplinaire des jeunes handicapés. Cette année, une partie de mes objectifs sera consacrée à la recherche de fonds car j’estime être arrivée à un travail aboutit.

Catherine: Pouvez-vous partager des difficultés auxquelles vous avez fait face dans le cadre de ce projet ?

Nelly: Les difficultés tiennent à l’idée même de mélanger des jeunes handicapés à des jeunes qui ne le sont pas. L’handicap, en France, malgré le travail de nombreuse associations, continu d’être synonyme d’exclusion. Exclusion sociale et professionnelle car la société en place ne tient pas compte des différences de chacun et s’est bâtit sur un modèle unique. Les enfants et les familles qui s’inscrivent dans mes ateliers, sont donc tout naturellement conditionnés par cette « éducation » sociale. C’est compliqué et c’est long de défaire ces conventions pour en tisser d’autres. Sur la fiche d’inscription que les parents doivent remplir en début de saison, j’indique, dès les premières phrases, que cet atelier est ouvert à TOUS les enfants et jeunes adultes, que l’objectif premier de la Compagnie est de lutter contre l’exclusion liée aux différences et que, par conséquent, leurs enfants peuvent travailler avec des enfants handicapés. Voilà, après, c’est la grande aventure… Et les difficultés, au début, sont quotidiennes, parce-que les enfants « normaux » ne savent pas toujours comment interagir avec les enfants différents. En milieu d’année, il y a souvent un déclic, ils apprennent à se connaître, les craintes se dissipent franchement et en fin d’année, tout roule 🙂 Il y a aussi des familles et des enfants qui n’arrivent pas à s’adapter et qui quittent l’atelier en cours d’année ou qui n’inscrivent pas leurs enfants, du fait de cette spécificité. Parfois l’inclusion ne fonctionne pas, c’est important de le souligner aussi parce-que c’est un travail réel, qui ne repose pas sur le fantasme que nous pouvons ressentir parfois quand nous abordons ce thème d’inclusion.

Catherine: Pouvez-vous citer quelques exemples de moments de réussite, de satisfaction vous permettant de mesurer votre impact positif?

Nelly: Tous les jours ! Les voir progresser et travailler ensemble, je ne me fixe pas d’autres objectifs car, pour toutes les raisons citées ci-dessus, c’est déjà beaucoup. Néanmoins, je n’oublie pas mon enseignement artistique et la raison pour laquelle ils sont tous ici au théâtre, l’apprentissage du jeu et de l’interprétation. Cet objectif commun et la perspective de donner un spectacle au public nous rassemble et efface les différences au fur et à mesure, la plupart du temps. L’impact positif, c’est de pouvoir changer les mentalités par une meilleure compréhension et acceptation des différences. Je n’ai pas la prétention d’y parvenir, je ne suis pas dans la tête de mes élèves et je ne sais pas quel chemin de vie ils choisiront mais j’ai la sensation de faire « ma part » du travail pour qu’ils perçoivent les choses autrement dans le rapport aux autres. Leur fidélité et l’entraide que j’observe chaque année, me font dire que ce travail opère… Pour les jeunes handicapés, de manière plus spécifique, je suis intimement persuadé de l’efficacité du théâtre comme outil thérapeutique, parfois, les progrès sont fulgurants et je n’ai encore jamais vu un élève dont les capacités sociales, affectives ou de communication et d’interaction n’évoluent pas vers un « mieux ».

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La Toile des Arts souhaite une bonne continuation à la compagnie du Silène et espère que le documentaire permettra d’inspirer d’autres collectifs à se lancer dans des projets semblables, au bénéfice de leurs communautés.

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crédit photo: La Compagnie du Silène

-entrée blog rédigée et propos recueillis par Catherine Lamaison.

Embassy of Imagination: Youth Arts Workshops in Cape Dorset, NU

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“Embassy of Imagination is a multidisciplinary arts initiative for youth lead by visual artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson. Their workshops introduce youth to a global perspective of art practices and a variety of art mediums, specializing in printmaking and mural painting. Embassy of Imagination leads youth to achieve self-empowerment through creating and fun.” [www.embassyofimagination.com]

ArtBridges has been following artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson since March 2014 when they were invited to Cape Dorset, NU to join two local artists in the creation of a large outdoor mural. During their time in the community, they hosted a series of youth arts workshops that resulted in the creation of several custom painted wildlife-proof recycling bins.

The pair recently returned from yet another trip to Cape Dorset where they transformed a room at Peter Pitseolak School into the Quviana Printshop, a printmaking and arts workshop for youth aged 12-17. Over the course of 7 weeks, youth participated in a variety of arts activities that included everything from drawing, mask-making and photography, to indigo-dying, metal-casting (with recycled metal from pop cans) and printmaking (using discarded linoleum found at the dump).

At the end of the 7 weeks, the youth displayed their artwork to the community, including internationally recognized Cape Dorset artist, Tim Pitsulak. He said: “I would like to say I was so proud when I saw their work and the effort that they put into it, and creativity. What the kids brought out was amazing talent. The future looks fantastic! One of these days one of those kids will be in my shoes.”

While in Cape Dorset, Alexa and Patrick saw the installation of the mural they worked on last year, which was generously donated by the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op to Sam Pudlat Elementary School. Alexa says: “In partnership with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op and Kinngait Studios, we painted a mural that honours the creative hands of Cape Dorset. Youth artists Parr and Audi contributed fantastic, giant bird heads to the collaboration. We created hands in the mural by making original linocut prints, and projecting and painting them cut-for-cut: our way of giving a nod to the inspiring printmaking in Kinngait, past and present.”

Alexa and Patrick would like to thank: Canada Council for the Arts, Chalmers Family Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, the Government of Nunavut, First Air, West Baffin Eskimo Co-op, Kinngait Studios, Henry’s Camera, Well and Good, Bill Ritchie, Jason Paul, Joemie Tapaungai, Peter Pitseolak School staff and everyone who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign.

For more information about Alexa and Patrick’s work with Embassy of Imagination, visit www.embassyofimagination.com.

– Cora-Rae Silk, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator

PREVIOUS POSTS:
December 2014 – Cape Dorset Mural Project: Update
March 2014 – Artists Raise Funds for Cape Dorset Nunavut Mural Project

Posted with permission from Alexa Hatanaka. All photos courtesy of Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson.

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Cape Dorset Mural Project: Update (Cape Dorset, NU)

Parr and Audi each made a bird head drawing that were enlarged and painted on plywood

Parr and Audi each made a bird head drawing that were enlarged and painted on plywood

Back in March, ArtBridges posted about the Cape Dorset Mural Project. Toronto artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson were raising funds for a trip to Cape Dorset, Nunavut after being invited to collaborate with local artists in the creation of the community’s first outdoor mural. The pair reached their fundraising goal and spent two months in the Nunavut community. While there, they led a series of youth workshops that culminated in an art show and the painting of 10 wildlife-proof recycling bins. The outdoor mural will be installed this April, covering the community’s CO-OP building. It was created with local artists Audi Qinnuayuaq and Parr Etidloie.

Youth artists that created the wildlife-proof recycling bins include: Ruth Jaw, Sylvia Ottokie, Ataumie Nungusuituq, Naomi Parr, Mary Ann Adla, Livina Toonoo, Elizabeth Qatsiya, Latch Akesuk, Jolly Akesuk, Miazie Joanasie, Putugu Kinguatsiak, Audi Qinnuayuaq, Tiivi Saaki, Kellypalik Ashoona, Amaula Tapaungai, Isabella Suvega, Charlie Tunnillie, Parr Etidloie, Alisa Allooloo Qimirpik, and Saila Pudlat.

Alexa and Patrick would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Chalmers Family Fund.

Special thanks to: Steve Ferrara of Well and Good, Aaron Skoblenick, Mike Soares and the PSS staff, Bill Ritchie, Miss Danick Clavel, Kinngait Studios, First Air, and everyone who contributed to the Indiegogo Campaign

Alexa Hatanaka says:
“We are very excited to be heading back to Cape Dorset for February and March this winter. I have the honour of being artist-in-residence at Kinngait Studios for three weeks in February while Patrick begins the Embassy of Imagination workshops, and I will join in the workshops for the month of March.

With generous support from the Government of Nunavut’s Arts Development Program, we are bringing photography equipment, printmaking materials, and painting supplies to combine with our knack for repurposing materials from the dump. Patrick and I are thrilled to facilitate engaging and inspiring workshops for the youth of Cape Dorset, who have already impressed us with their great talent last year. These youth are set to rejuvenate the world of Inuit art in their own way, so stay tuned to see what they create.

This June-July 2015, we are bringing four Cape Dorset youth to Toronto to collaborate with four young artists from Oasis Skateboard Factory on a outdoor mural to coincide with the Pan Am & Parapan Am Games. With the help of our fantastic partners, the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, the youth will achieve an unprecedented work of public art.

To see last year’s work please visit www.embassyofimagination.com, and we are launching an instagram @embassyofimagination for up to date posts!”

Read the original post:
Artists Raise Funds for Cape Dorset Nunavut Mural Project

Contact:
embassyofimagination@gmail.com
www.embassyofimagination.com

Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson:
www.pasystem.org

More photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickevoke/sets/72157645563285016/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickevoke/sets/72157644370757145/

– Cora-Rae Silk, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator & Communications Assistant
Posted with permission from Patrick Thompson & Alexa Hatanaka

Parr and Audi each made a bird head drawing that were enlarged and painted on plywood

Parr and Audi each made a bird head drawing that were enlarged and painted on plywood

We made two linocut prints that were enlarged and painted on plywood, nodding to the prominence of printmaking in Cape Dorset

We made two linocut prints that were enlarged and painted on plywood, nodding to the prominence of printmaking in Cape Dorset

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Trace Project Engages Community in Creation of Massive Sculpture for Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg)

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“Winnipeg artist, Rebecca Belmore invites the people of Winnipeg to participate in the creation of TRACE, a large sculpture/installation being made for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, opening in Winnipeg in September 2014.

Thousands of hand-pressed beads using clay from beneath the city of Winnipeg need to be created for the making of this artwork. Formed by the action of squeezing a lump of clay in one hand, these “beads” will carry the trace of the people who made them. The beads will be fired and woven together to create a large scale blanket-like form.

Trace Project welcomes you to take part in the creation of this artwork by leaving an imprint of your hand in clay gathered from twenty feet beneath us. The modest gesture of forming these beads is a reminder of how precious and universal the bond is between humans and the earth.

Project Assistant: Osvaldo Yero
Workshop Assistant: Theo Pelmus

Workshops (until March 30):
Wednesday to Friday: 12pm to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Studio/Workshop Location: 865 Main St., Winnipeg, MB, R2W 3N9

To book a workshop please contact us at traceprojectwinnipeg@gmail.com.

Visit the Facebook page for more info.”

Posted with permission from Theo, Trace Project
Photos courtesy of Trace Project

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Photo Story: SYiM – Southern Youth in Motion (Toronto)

SYiM (Southern Youth in Motion) is a campaign of North-South Partnership for Children that aims to connect youth from southern Ontario with youth in northern Ontario’s First Nation communities through art, music, videos, etc. We’ve been following SYiM since August 2012 and they’ve accomplished a lot in the past 7 months. Their work continues to impress and inspire us and we can’t wait to see what’s next for them in the coming year. We asked SYiM’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, Lauren Akbar, to contribute regular updates to ArtBridges so we can all follow the journey of this unique and much-needed initiative so check back regularly because we have a feeling that big things are in store for them!

– Cora-Rae Silk, ArtBridges

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“Southern Youth in Motion (SYiM) Showcase on December 1, 2012 brought together youth from northern and southern Ontario to share their voices, songs, paintings, drawings, poetry, spoken word and much more – all to spread awareness of First Nations aspirations and challenges. Elder Pauline Shirt facilitated the day, she started by sharing her wisdom and cultural insights with us. She provided us with wonderful traditional teachings and led a smudging ceremony. She made us all see the beauty and goodness of Spirit at the gathering. For southern and northern youth, this was a way to connect to First Nation culture in a safe and welcoming space.

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During the day we had several activities taking place:

1) The young people’s fantastic art performances and presentations, where they had the chance to take the stage (some for the first time) and share their art to the whole group. The youth performances sparked emotions, conversations and was the first step to bridging the gap between northern and southern Ontario.

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2) Mural art with Michael Cywink, Artist, Muralist, Curator and Author from Manitoulin Island spent the day with us at the SYiM Showcase. He drew an outline of a mural and encouraged the youth to paint freely and feel the emotions from the poems, songs, etc. while they paint. Michael shared his experiences and stories with the youth and also created a positive environment for youth to see art through their own eyes.

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3) We had a videographer, Kyle Montague and a photographer, Sherry Prenevost to capture the moments of the SYiM Showcase. They each created a video to share with others the wonderful and inspirational moments of the day, these videos will be launched with the SYiMzine: Showcase Edition.

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SYiM is connecting youth from southern Ontario with youth in northern Ontario’s First Nation communities through art: music, videos, etc…
SYiM is hearing youth voices…
SYiM is sharing youth voices with others…
SYiM is spreading awareness of what life is like in northern Ontario…
SYiM is bringing people together, sharing cultures and becoming one…
SYiM is Southern Youth in Motion!

If you are interested in art, music, videos, etc. and would like to get involved with SYiM please contact Lauren Akbar at lauren.akbar@northsouthpartnership.com or connect with SYiM on Facebook here.”

– Lauren Akbar, Youth Engagement Coordinator
SYiM, North South Partnership for Children

All photos courtesy of Sherry Prenevost

To read other ArtBridges’ posts about SYiM, please click here.
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