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L’AVENIR (partie 2 de 2)… les enfants

Chose promise, chose due : voici les réponses des enfants de 3e année de l’école Le Prélude. Nous avons aussi inclus une réponse d’un adolescent rencontré au Centre de ressources communautaires Orléans-Cumberland. Serez-vous en mesure de l’identifier ?

Bien sûr, tout est beaucoup plus fantaisiste que dans le blogue précédent mais… il y a quand même encore ici une préoccupation pour le développement urbain et la survie de la langue française. Un thème récurrent : la liberté individuelle !

La parole aux enfants…

Prélude-groupe« Les personnes seraient gentilles avec tout le monde et ils seraient habillés comme en 1990. »

« Je verrai mes grands-parents et tout le monde sur un poney et on fera des courses d’équitation pis on va gagner la plus grande médaille d’or connue du monde. »

« Les personnes portent n’importe quoi qu’ils veut et conduisent sur n’importe quoi qu’il veut. »

« Les gens sera habillés en couleurs brillants que tu pourras voir de loin et ils aimeraient aller danser avec tous les autres. »

« Il sera habillé en bleu pis il sera des Legos. »

« J’aurais beaucoup, beaucoup de Legos et aussi, je me promènerais sur mon dragon et j’aurais des ailes et les autres personnes auraient de la magie, comme moi, et tout le monde porterait qu’est-ce qu’il voudrait. »

« J’aimerais que il y ait des animaux, beaucoup d’animaux qui passent au forêt parce que une fois j’ai vu un renard. »

« J’aimerais que tout le monde peut s’habiller comme des vétérinaires et que on aide les personnes et les animaux autour de nous. »

« J’aimerais que tout le monde soit gentil et que tout le monde parle plus français. »

« Moi, j’aimerais que tout le monde soit heureux et que tout le monde a des rouges-gorges parce que ils chantent super bien. »

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« Que ce soit avec des maisons super futuristiques, des grandes maisons. Je rêve un eu mais, ouais. Ça ce serait vraiment l’idéal, des quartiers magnifiques. Ce sera encore plus grand. Il va définitivement y avoir des moyens de transport super modernes pour voyager d’ici au Centre-ville et Ottawa, c’est vraiment une ville qui va grandir et Orléans aussi. »

Et la réponse de deux comparses du futur…

STARLETTE
Ha ben… On peut rien vous dire. Ce sera pas tout à fait comme ça mais, inquiétez-vous pas. Chez nous, ben, chez vous plus tard, c’est encore très très beau.

ACOLYTE
Très tranquille, paisible et sécuritaire.

STARLETTE
Et il y a plein de choses à faire. Et ça, c’est grâce à vous, à ce que vous faites pour rendre votre quartier plus beau, aujourd’hui…

On espère que QUARTIER(S) : morceaux d’avenir aura aussi contribué à enjoliver le Orléans-Cumberland du futur !

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Théâtre Belvédère

L’AVENIR (partie 1 de 2)… les adultes

Comme le titre de la pièce le dit, dans QUARTIER(S) : morceaux d’avenir, nous avons célébré le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération en nous tournant vers l’avenir. Nous avons imaginé des personnages qui venaient visiter le Orléans/Cumberland de 2017, en provenance de l’an 2167, mais, avant tout, nous avons demandé à des résidents adultes d’imaginer ce que deviendra leur quartier et à des enfants et adolescents de rêver à ce qu’il pourrait devenir dans 150 ans.

Vous verrez que les adultes sont très préoccupés par l’étalement urbain et par la préservation de la culture francophone. Les enfants sont plus… hé bien, vous verrez dans la deuxième partie.

C’est maintenant à votre tour d’imaginer… D’imaginer que vous assistez à la représentation de QUARTIER(S) : morceaux d’avenir et que ces deux hurluberlues du futur ont voulu découvrir la vision des gens de 2017 de leur univers à elles…

lespersonnagesCrédit photo : Andrew Alexander

 

ACOLYTE
Les jeunes spécimens de l’école le Prélude, pis les autres que j’suis allée rencontrer, au RAFO, au Centre de ressources communautaires Orléans-Cumberland… Je leur ai aussi demandé de me partager leurs rêves pour leur quartier.

STARLETTE
Leur rêves !?

ACOLYTE
Ben oui ! Leurs rêves pour le futur ! On va pouvoir ramener dans le futur ce que les jeunes du présent d’aujourd’hui pensent que le futur va devenir dans le futur, mais qui est peut-être pas devenu !

STARLETTE
Heu… Han ?

ACOLYTE
Comment ils aimeraient que ça soit chez nous !!! Sans l’avoir vu!

Et voici les réponses des adultes…

« Je pense que les gens d’Orléans, surtout les francophones, veulent garder la visibilité d’Orléans dans la région. On a travaillé fort pour obtenir l’accent sur Orléans, il y a plusieurs années, parce que personne le mettait. »

« Je pense que ça va avoir encore grandi. On va peut-être toujours avoir une petite distinction avec le cœur d’Ottawa parce qu’on a la ceinture verte qui nous sépare. On garde un sens d’appartenance à une communauté qui s’appelle Orléans. Est-ce qu’on va être rendus à Cumberland ? Je sais pas mais on s’avance tranquillement vers là. J’espère qu’on va pas seulement être résidents mais qu’il y ait beaucoup d’emplois dans la région. »

« Ça va être plein, plein, full, rempli. Il y aura plus de place pour bâtir des maisons. »

« Je pourrais pas imaginer. Ça se put qu’il y ait des fermiers qui pourraient vendre leur terrain pour qu’il y ait des maisons bâties. J’ai hâte de voir qu’est-ce que ça pourrait donner. »

« Ce serait quasiment une ville parce que ça continue à progresser en terme de population, de quartiers résidentiels. D’une terre à l’autre, c’est complété avec de l’immobilier. Éventuellement, peut-être que ça va rejoindre le village de Carlsbad Springs, le village de Navan. Ça, c’est tout en grande progression. C’est appelé « ville » comme c’est là, mais ça va peut-être devenir une « multi-ville ». Peut-être qu’éventuellement, Ottawa, ils vont être trop gros. Il y aura peut-être un autre nom de ville. Je sais pas. Si ça va parler français ? C’est dur à dire. Tous les projets de maisons, c’est pas mal bilingue… C’est appelé à être un mélange des deux langues. »

… suite des réponses dans le blogue suivant…

 

 

 

Beth McCubbin

Aanii !

9.1                Ojibwe; Aanii – Greetings! Hi!

This workshop introduced me to just how diverse the Minwaashin Lodge community can be. There was a wide variety in ages again at the workshop, but only one of the participants was Indigenous, an Ojibwe elder woman. The others were made up of women and children who were drawn to the community centre for what it stands for, for the traditional way of life and values it represents. The conversation which occurred while the participants were all working on their tiles was very interesting. One of the women grew up right next to a reserve in northern Ontario where her and her family had always respected and learned from the traditional practices of the First Peoples living in the area. And the other woman, invited by her friend to come along, was of European descent, strong in her own traditions.

The woman from northern Ontario spoke of a number of Indigenous traditional teas and medicines which she still uses from her childhood, and the Ojibwe woman spoke of her past and upbringing too. She had attended a residential school and was never taught the ways nor language of her people. She is now in the process of learning her Native language, Ojibwe. As an adult she had worked as a teacher and has always been very proud of her heritage. Her tile, seen above, represents this for her…Aanii !

9.2A memory of northern Ontario maybe?
9.3 This is the logo for Minwaashin Lodge.  In their large community room where the clay workshops are held at the centre, there is a lovely textile hanging that was the inspiration for this tile.
 Life-Cycle Service Model from Minwaashin Lodge website
9.5some nice little colourful hands…
9.6                  fingerprints, hand prints and carefully drawn marks and little flowers
9.7After struggling with carving the wet clay, difficult and new for many participants, this young girl carefully painted a tile with under-glazes…

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Although I absolutely love every single tile that I’ve seen so far, this tile is definitely one of my favourites, watching its process was fantastic! It was inspired by the crack/wrinkle in the clay which can be seen in the middle of the tile, which became the nose of this wonderful face. The discussion between the young boy and myself when I was asked to help him mix the proper colour for the skin tone was incredible. In the end he told me that I had gotten it exactly right, Phew!

 The Tile Project, Beth McCubbin, September 26

 

Odyssey Theatre

Spreading Roots with Odyssey Theatre Tree Puppet and Masks

When Odyssey Theatre asked us to make them a tree for their community arts project, it was a bit of a head scratcher. The tree had to be: white, 6’ tall, able to fold into the back of a small car, light weight (so that actors can easily pick it up during performance)
strong, and built with separate branches and detachable roots
And here it is!

Spreading Roots tree puppet - rag & bone

We used flexi-firm for the roots and branches. We use this interfacing/stabilizer fabric for a lot of projects. Inside the trunk is a removable piece of sonotube. Each branch is stiffened with wire, and slots into its own pocket on the trunk. The leaves are translucent organza – orange, yellow and pale green, twisted onto the branches with florists’ wire.

When the director of the project, Rebecca Benson, came over to discuss the tree design, we mentioned that we also make masks with flexi-firm. Masks? She needed eight masks: two bunnies, two squirrels, two bees and two birds. Oh boy. We had a lot of fun making these.

 

 

The show takes place at various community locations around Ottawa this month. Check their website for places, dates and times. The project is part of the AOE Arts Council’s Neighbourhood Arts 150 project, the same program that funded our Snippets of Canada 150 project. We’re looking forward to seeing the show – and maybe we’ll see you there!

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre, September 25

Odyssey Theatre

Odyssey Theatre: Spreading Roots Music, Movement, Mask: A song for the trees

The next phase of creating Spreading Roots involved community workshops to incorporate music and dance into the performance, as well as introducing the use of mask. Inspired by the stories about trees that she had collected from the neighbourhoods that she had visited, as well as her own experiences living and travelling in different parts of the world, South African-born Jacqui du Toit wrote the lyrics for Tree of Life. She wanted the song to be simultaneously local and global:

A home for creatures of forest,
A nest for the birds of the air
Small bushes to mighty sequoias
Earth’s living things to share

What would we see?
How could we breathe?
Where would we be without trees?

The task for composer and music educator Venessa Lachance was to take this paean to trees and set it to music that is uplifting and celebratory, while both satisfying for an accomplished singer and simple enough for a novice. Based on the reception the song has received from workshop participants, it’s fair to say that she succeeded!

Workshop participants ranged from local children to members of seniors choirs to community conservation volunteers. Venessa’s recording of her composition, with its catchy melody, was immediately engaging with the participants.

 The timbers we must depend on,
The branches, the roots and the leaves,
Anchor the ground that we stand on,
Give us the air that we breathe.

What would we see?
How could we be?
How could we breathe without trees?

 Venessa, in turn, has drawn great inspiration from the volunteer performers “It is always a great pleasure to work with people from the community; it makes me see our region in different ways and make me love it more and more.”

When no more stands of maple,
Of oak, of pine may live,
Will clearcut lands be able,
The gift of life to give?

What would we see?
How could we be?
How could we live without trees?

How indeed?

 

 

Odyssey Theatre

Odyssey Theatre: Spreading Roots Sharing Stories: Our favourite trees

When storyteller/writer/actor Jacqui du Toit first went into the communities that would be hosting Odyssey Theatre’s Neighbourhood Arts 150 project, Spreading Roots , to collect stories about trees, she found some hesitation and confusion at first. “Stories about trees? What do you mean?” Trees are an essential part of our communities, and our environment would be bereft and desolate without them, but perhaps we don’t always actively think about how we relate to them individually.

odyssey 1 found that as the groups that she gathered with really started to think about the trees around them, that many beautiful memories and stories began to emerge. One man related that, as a child, he had a favourite tree that he would regularly go to, and he would whisper his secrets to that tree. The tree became his confidant and repository of his innermost thoughts. He grew up and went away and didn’t think about his tree until many years later when, as an adult returning to his boyhood home, he sought out his old friend.  Sadly, he found that the tree had been cut down. This has inspired him to become active within his community to protect his neighbourhood’s trees.

Spreading Roots blog 1 photo Sharing stories in CarlingtonThere were many such stories from the communities that Jacqui visited, from Greely, Stittsville,  Carlington, Westboro, Strathcona Heights, Carson’s Road and Orleans, and in creating a script for Spreading Roots she sought to weave different stories from each neighbourhood into the performance text.

House of Paint

Spotlight on Broken English

House of PainT had the pleasure of booking Broken English for both of the #NBArts150 HoP in the Hood events, an up and coming group, Broken English is a group of young newcomers to Canada who are honing their talents through the mentorship of YOCISO’s hip hop program.

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The program is facilitated by Sergio Guerra, who has been known to credit music as an integral part of his own integration upon coming to Canada in his youth.

Broken English debuted their music at Westfest this summer, with the Jasmine Creascent HoP in tha Hood Community Arts Festival the very next day.

Named Broken English as a nod to the group’s members’ various cultural backgrounds and native languages, these young artists are on a trajectory to stardom.
(photo courtesy of Vanessa Rivera)

  • House of PainT, Summer 2017
Beth McCubbin

Sharing a Meal and Then a Second Workshop

Sharing a meal with the participants in the workshops is such a brilliant idea. All of us were hungry at noon and ate heartily. The afternoon workshop participants were able to snack on food as needed, this being especially beneficial to the children who ate everything in sight!

Two people were signed up for the afternoon workshop; neither of them came…but by 1:30 there were a large number of people who had gathered! Ages ranged from a 3-year-old to a couple of elder grandmothers. I didn’t bring enough rolling mats with me as I expected lower numbers so had to quickly improvise…it all worked out fantastically. All enjoyed the film; actually we watched it twice as 5 more people showed up late. All of them were happy to carve their tiles, some adding colour with the under-glazes others wishing to leave them unglazed. The youngest boy just wanted to paint with the under-glazes so I was able to provide him with two previously cut and dried tiles.

At the beginning of the workshop I always describe how the intent of the project is to create a community mural where each of the tiles made by each participant will hang together to create one big artwork. Everyone is usually very pleased with this idea, and when asked all wish for the final mural to be hung in a very accessible and public place where all peoples are welcome. The young boy who painted two tiles, also agreed with this; but at the end of the workshop came up to me and asked very seriously if I could at least hang his tiles at the bottom of the mural so that he could see them very easily when he went to visit them hanging in the mural. Yes, of course I can!

8.1another beautiful flower image, such an interesting design!
8.2one of the little boys painted tiles; a desert island with a single palm tree, surrounded by water
8.3one of the elder’s tiles; seemingly simple but a very powerful design
8.5this tile was filled with symbolism according to its maker; each of the images in the tile represent different members in her family. A lot of who were also at the workshop making tiles
8.6this tile tells a story about a never-ending river and the paths which are made by those who travel along and across it
8.7a tile made by a young teen, when asked by her mother whether that was a bear paw in the center, she replied that she didn’t know, I liked that answer very much
8.8this tile was made by an older teen boy who prior to the workshop beginning had described to me his favorite art form was making mosaics out of little pieces of glass…this is his clay/glass mosaic
8.9this tile was made an another elder in the group, she wanted very much to represent the textures found in nature…I think she did an excellent job and made this tile seem so soft
8.10this is the second painted tile from the young boy; all the members in his family

 

 

  • Beth McCubbin, September 20, 2017
Beth McCubbin

First Morning at Minwaashin Lodge!

Two mothers and three children. One boy maybe 9 and two little girls, 5. The little girls liked the video (as did the others) and even asked to watch it again! Success = Not a boring video that only clay nuts would appreciate.

All of them were eager to carve and paint their tiles…the boy used paper to design his and the two little girls just jumped right in! All of the finished tiles are so beautiful and meaningful to each participant! One of the little girls asked me quite earnestly if I was Native, I said no, that I was mostly Scottish, she seemed happy with that answer.

7.1dried and under-glazed tile, still yet to be coated with a clear glaze and fired

 

7.2dried and under-glazed tile, still yet to be coated in a clear glaze and fired

 

7.3               the very carefully crafted young boy’s tile, Tawodi, dried and under-glazed

 

7.4by using the technique of pointillism, making an image out of dots, or in this case pinholes, this tile looks so much like it has been beaded!!

 

7.5 this tile is also beautifully highlighted with the use of little dots. Little did I know how popular the use of flower imagery was going to be; so nice that the natural world is constantly represented in these tiles!

– Beth McCubbin, September 20, 2017

Claudia Salguero

Cross-Culture Communication

Cross-cultural communication is a field of study that looks at how people from differing cultural backgrounds communicate, in similar and different ways among themselves, and how they endeavor to communicate across cultures”.

-Wikipedia

 And this exactly what I have witnessed through the creation of “Canadian Pride, Harmony in Cultures” community mural for our Hunt Club – Riverside Community Centre.

20170711_143237.jpgMembers of my diverse neighbourhood, (all genders and ages 14 and up) originally from, or with ancestry from countries like Peru, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Congo, Ghana, Poland, Britain, Syria, Mexico, Holland, Lithuania, Quebec, France, Lebanon, Venezuela, Hungary, China, Sudan, Scotia, Ukraine, Egypt, Germany, Russia, Ireland, Sweden and Turkey, have been part of the creation of this mural.

20170711_144950.jpgSince mid-April when we had our first three brainstorm sessions until now, we have had 31 community art sessions. With the exception of three teen girls that came along with a friend, we are new to each other and this has been a gift for each of us and for the community: interesting conversations, new friends, cultural and generational exchanges and collaboration moments.  I can’t be happier or more thankful!

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I love people, making new friends and learning form the different cultures around. People participating in community projects definitely love people too and for all of us these thirty-one sessions together, creating art pieces that represent our countries of origin, have been a fun growing experience.

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Among all the pieces of the mural there is one that represents Aboriginal Canadian Cultures from Ocean to Ocean (Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic) and their relationship with Mother Nature. This piece has brought another gift to all of us: the opportunity to learn from, share with and meet aboriginal artists and members of the different Indigenous communities.

21246169_10159369596280271_4163725837992617175_oI have approached Aboriginal institutions like Wabano, The Inuit Children’s Centre, the Kabeshinan Minitig Pavilion at Victoria Island and met some amazing aboriginal artists. They have been all very kind and generous and are pleased with the fact that we are asking for their guidance.

IMG_20170824_075420I had the privilege to be invited by Indigenous Artist Doreen Stevens, to help in painting a Tipi (as a cultural exchange) for the eight annual World vintage rugby event at Kitiganzibi First Nation reserve in Maniwaki. This Tipi, representing their Anishinaabe clans, was created for a cultural exchange with Maori IWI Elders, people of Aoeara from New Zealand. Doreen was the artist doing the tour of the clans to the Maori Elders attending the rugby event.

During my visit I met kind artists who taught me about their culture and guided me in choosing a common image to represent the Algonquin culture and all the cultures that inhabit the lands from the centre of the country to the East Coast in my mural.

I got to paint an Eagle for the Tipi! The leader of the Bird Clan that represents the spiritualism for the people and guide their vision, the bird that brings the prayers to the creator, the knowledge keeper… What a privilege and wonderful experience…!

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IMG_20170823_123205I met also with a group of Inuit youth and with Ruth Kadlutsiak an Elder quilt maker at the Inuit Children’s Centre and we talked about the best image to represent them. One of the very special things about this meeting was the presence of Alice and Brian, a Chinese couple, resident of Hunt Club – Riverside, who has been a very important part of our mural painting team and who spent 15 years living up North.  Between Ruth’s knowledge and wisdom, the suggestions of the Inuit youth and Brian and Alice’s vision our meeting was a success and we got to define the image to represent the Inuit Culture in our mural.

21125678_10159363262350271_506995915800443348_oInquiring about West Coast culture I have had the pleasure to speak with Bill Montgomery and Vincent Kicknosway, two exceptional and knowledgeable artists.  We haven’t met yet but the exchange has been very educational and generous.

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21167910_10159369617830271_3031037953340098029_oNext week, Algonquin artist Doreen Stevens and her daughter Charlotte, Inuit artists Ruth, Sailym and Jasmine, and possibly Bill Montgomery or Vincent Kicknosway West Coast artists will join us to paint the Aboriginal piece of our mural!

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If somebody asks about the importance of Art in Cross-cultural communication and community building, this would be a beautiful example.

A tribute to Claudia Salguero.
The Mural Painting Community Project is analogous to the United Nations. The function is the same, a group of very different people get together to do something worthwhile. The reason for our success is, we checked our egos and indifferences at the door. If the leaders of the world would follow our example, the protection of this planet and world peace could be achieved.

I have to pay tribute to our very artistic, talented and warm hearted  facilitator Claudia Salguero who held our hands and lead us all the way.

Claudia, I will not be surprised if someone at the UN sees this tribute, they would be knocking at your door to give you a portfolio to be in charge of world peace.
Chao,
Alice Wong

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