I was asked by Kootenay Lake/School District 8 wanted to showcase the innovative approach that Teresa Olleck, a grade one teacher from South Nelson Elementary School, takes to teach her students about nature and community. It’s no coincidence that my kids are in her class – it was an absolute pleasure seeing a master teacher in action alongside my children and their classmates over the course of the school year. “The Forest Garden” video follows the 21 students and their teacher on their weekly trips to the community garden space where they learn how to steward a public space and find delight in the animals and plants of the garden. See the video here: https://vimeo.com/130352129
Watershed Productions is working with Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services. With the funds received from the Columbia Basin Trust we will produce a PhotoVoice video focused on marginalized and at-risk youth from the West Kootenay, which will be showcased at the Creating Caring Communities conference in May 2015 in Castlegar. The project will build awareness about youth and their experiences with substance use and mental health.
“I came here to share my story about the real repercussions that drug use can cause and the serious consequences it can have in oneâ€™s life,” said participant Cloe Henri. “My ultimate goal is to help others see the lifelong consequences.”
“I feel like my experiences and stories will give perspective on what goes on in our country and our province and our streets–a lot of the times it is really hard stuff,” said participant Kenneth Rougeau. “I feel I can shed some light.”
It was fun to be profiled in the Fernie Fix here. Thanks to Hannah Griffin who tracked me down and did this interview. While we didn’t actually cross paths in the wilds of Ontario, she became a staff member at YMCA Camp Pinecrest where I used to work before I moved to Nelson. Small world.
Small or large groups from various schools or organizations are welcome as workshops will be customized based on the function of the group. For instance, theatre classes can come explore identity and characterization, a social studies class can come explore the significance of stereotyping and models of community building and a media related course could explore themes of individual and group expression and perception through the use of technology.
Workshops run January 28, 29, February 4-6 and 11-13 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and each can run for 1 to 2 hours in length depending on the needs of the group. They will be facilitated by the artist and filmmaker who created the exhibit, Amy Bohigian. The exhibit is up at Touchstones until February 15th. Here’s the article that Will Johnston wrote for the Nelson Star.
One part art installation, one part social experiment and one part community development exercise, Wide Shot/Close Up is intended to expose and explore how individuals present their own identity to others and how this impacts the way community is built. It is meant to engage a larger audience about the questions of how people from various backgrounds and beliefs can connect in meaningful ways.
This project is funded by a major project grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and the The Mir Centre for Peace is partnering with Watershed Productions on content and delivery. The Presenting Sponsor is Kootenay Co-op.
Thanks to the following people for the support: Joy Barrett, Jane Byers, Jocelyn Carver, Jim Drake, Ian Johnston, Daryl Jolly, Gregory Mackenzie, Janet McCulloch, Miriam Needoba, Rachel Schmidt, Diane Walters, Bryan Webb, Rachel Yoder.
Big gratitude for the courage and open minds of these people for showing up to participate: Allison Alder, Jen Callow, Gisele Chouinard, Jennifer Craig, April Cuffy, Rick Galbraith, Dagmar Galt, Shane Hainsworth, Margaret Hornby, Lena Horswill, Helen Kissinger, Laran Kriese, Donna Macdonald, Chris MacMillan, Lil Maio, Lily Mayall, Kendall McPherson, Lily Miller, Gary Ramsbottom, Sacha Sebestyen, Shelley Stetsko, Isaac Thiessen, Max Thiessen, Brian Zacharias.