Connectedness is the result of a participatory experience as artist-in-residence with a group of seniors at the Pointe-St-Charles Art School. Family heirloom was the map of an exploratory and reflective journey with self as a collective unit creating solace, sharing knowledge and spawning conversation of a lifetime within a space. This compassionate engagement captured memories and expanded self-expression that enabled us to bring together what is valued, pass on what is prized and to keep what has given us comfort.
Artists in Residence: Susan Attafuah-Callender, Julian Duarte, Olivia Siino,
Placement: YMCA Pointe Saint Charles Teen Zone
The piece aims to explore the issues of vulnerability as well as the struggles that were present within the triad that made up our placement: the Teen Zone supervisors, the teens and ourselves (the artists).
This intermedia piece was inspired by the work I’m doing with the Girls Club at the Pointe-Saint-Charles YMCA. One of the things that really struck me about working with these people was the moments of vulnerability I witnessed and was a part of and how hard those moments can be to navigate when it is your first time grappling with such overwhelming experiences. Witnessing these people go through some really tough stuff for (presumably) the first time reminded me of my first forays with my personal struggles. It only felt right for me to reflect on my experience of being these people’s age rather than the things I witnessed because, at least for me, the best way I could communicate with them was to try and remember how it felt to be where they were so as to interact with genuine empathy and relate personally rather than as a distanced “adult”.
Elizabeth Gale- Volunteer Placement at Hand-in-Hand at Saint Columba House in Pointe Saint- Charles
Love Me Tender with music by Elvis Presley, is a self revelatory piece surrounding the past semester of my placement of volunteer work at St. Columba House’s community education program Hand-in-Hand for intellectually challenged, aging adults in the Montreal community in Point St. Charles. Hand-in-Hand provides a caring and accepting environment for the participants to learn autonomy skills and have stability and security in times of their lives where loss of physical abilities and difficult transitions of aging are a part of daily obstacles. I have had the privilege of volunteering in the music program on Wednesday mornings, where we sing classics with guitar and dance to old time favourites.
Blog Post: A community is simultaneously separate individuals and a collective: it is both the plural and the singular at once. This soundscape explores and plays with the voices of the individuals I encountered while my stay at Hand-in-Hand’s choir. It mixes laughter, conversation, tension, anxiety, and finally a melodious union- all things felt both by myself and the members. The soundscape expresses my journey from becoming starting outsider at the St-Columba to becoming a part of a collective- beginning first with anxious tension and ending with a release of
When I told people I was volunteering with a children’s choir, the most common response was “why are you doing this to yourself”. When I told people I was hired at my local Tim Horton’s, the most common response was “good for you”. Ironically, each common response was the opposite of how I personally felt about both experiences. I used this as the inspiration for my piece. By adapting my personal experience into a campfire horror story, I hope to point out the absurdity of demonizing children while many adults do not know how to behave themselves. Shout out to the amazingly talented Helen Park for collaborating with me one the drawings used in the piece.
Artist Residency – St.Columba House Head Start Program
Through theatre, I find a remedy. Because of its flexible nature, theatre offers so many possibilities. All one needs is a performer and a spectator. Even with a simple setting, theatre can achieve so much. Theatre is an intimate art form to me and I find myself lost and found in the process of my art. Through my art, I can transmit a message, a powerful one too. I always find myself working for and with kids. I strongly believe that kids are sacred. Yes, sacred. With them comes a new generation and there is nothing better then a new generation flourishing with a pinch of sunlight, water, oxygen, and fertile soil. Yes there will be rain, dryness, suffocation, and impotent soil but through theatre, anything can heal.
Concordia Students Highlight Community and Collaboration with Pointe-Sainte-Charles for the Right to the City Research and Creation Showcase
Montreal, November 23rd, 2016—On December 3rd, the neighbourhood of Pointe-Sainte-Charles will bustle with an afternoon gathering of students, professors, and community members in a showcase of creative collaborations and research. Over course of the fall semester, students from Concordia University have returned to “the Point” for the third year to continue their local community work. The December 3rd event is open to the public, free of charge, and features exhibitions, research projects, and short performances. Performances at Share the Warmth (625 rue Fortune) will start at 2pm, followed by a curated walk to Salon Laurette (1950 rue Centre), for a vernissage at 4pm. All are welcome!
Julia G. N, student of The Neighbourhood Theatre project, completed her placement here, and fell in love with the intimacy a small art school concept can offer individuals. The school offers you the sense of creative encouragement and security needed to foster artistic growth, learning, and expression.
Under the banner, The Right to the City, four classes at Concordia University set out to discover how learning with the city, and across disciplines, can enrich education while giving back to the community at large. More about the project.
This years Right to the City Project participants. Photo by David Ward.
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For the second year in a row, students from Concordia University have partnered with community organizations in Pointe-Saint-Charles to present an afternoon of neighbourhood-based research and creation. The exhibition will take place at Salon Laurette (1950 rue Centre) beginning at 1:30pm, followed by performances at Share the Warmth (625 Fortune) from 3:00-5:00pm. Events are free of charge and all are welcome!
Come out and see students showcase a collection of visual and performance projects that reflect their experiences of Pointe St-Charles and the Right to the City Project.
This event is a thank you to all the community members and partners who collaborated with the Concordia students in Art History, Art Education, Oral History and Theatre (Fall 2015) in the making of the Right to the City Project.
*Accessibility: Neither venue offers wheelchair accessibility. We sincerely apologize for this*
Les étudiants de l’université Concordia continuent leur travail communautaire au sein de Pointe-Saint-Charles et vous présentent cette année leur seconde présentation annuelle de leurs travaux de recherche et de création basés sur le quartier. Dès 13h30, les visiteurs sont invités à se rendre au Salon Laurette (1950, rue Centre) pour assister aux expositions, puis à se déplacer pour les performances qui auront lieux à Partageons l’espoir (625, rue Fortune) de 15h à 17h. Tous les événements de cet après-midi sont gratuits et ouverts à tous.
I was first drawn to Point Saint Charles’ elliptical shape. Ringed by industry and cut off from the rest of the city, it suggested a neighbourhood that would become self-reliant and inward looking. These were ideal circumstances for the development of a distinct or idiosyncratic culture.
“Even accepting that the working class speaks through oral history, it is clear that the class does not speak in the abstract, but speaks to the historian, with the historian and, inasmuch as the material is published, through the historian.”
Alessandro Portelli, “What Makes Oral History Different,” in The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History (Albany: SUNY Press, 1991), 56.