There have been tears, inspiration and a lot of laughter. We have had an amazing few months working with the community. We’ve conducted theatre workshops with Spence Neighbourhood Association’s Building Belonging program and learned that kids love to play potatoes. We’ve also done two workshops with Girls Night through SNA. We have facilitator Spenser Payne working to edit together a film they created in our screen acting session. There was a soccer injury, a craving for chicken, zombies and dancing.
Then there have been the powerful storytelling workshops in partnership with West Central Women’s Resource Centre. As part of an Intergenerational Indigenous Storytelling Project, we’ve been honoured to work with an amazing group of adult women. We only wish we had more than six weeks to spend with these wonderful women. In addition, we’ve been working with incredible youth to hear their perspective and see how it intersects with the older women.
On April 27th at the West End Cultural Centre we will be sharing the work from the Intergenerational Indigenous Storytelling Project. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start time. The presentation will include music, visual art and theatrical presentations compiling the stories of women and youth. What are the lessons that these women have learned in their lives? What advice do they have for the next generation? What are the questions youth have about their future? What do they wish they knew about their lives? Come and see these questions explored in a powerful and real way.
As artists this work is a reminder of how important it is for everyone to tell their story and be heard!