On The Record
In partnership, Centre, Art Forms (youth art collective) and Good Shepherd Notre Dame house (youth shelter and resource centre) have initiated the On The Record project, which will link media artists with youth with lived experiences of mental health in a collaborative experience, creating a digital storytelling video, and interactive exhibition.
Over the course of eight weeks, eight youth aged fifteen to eighteen, with lived experience of mental health worked with digital artists Jennifer LaFontaine and Emmy Pantin to create their own personal narrative in the form of a digital story. Sharing their own exceptional history of growth, resilience, and finding independence whilst battling mental illnesses. The project began with an open discussion between the artists and participants to identify various concepts and themes that relate to their unique experiences as a young person living with mental illness such as institutional experiences (school and hospital), homelessness, joblessness, issues with the police, language, empowerment, and shared experiences. In the workshops, participants worked with the artists to record and tell their personal story. Following this, participants will work with the artists to craft a script that will be used in their digital story. The next step was for participants to gather photos, video clips, art, and sound to be used in the video. The final step in the project is video editing, where participants had the opportunity to learn editing and sound work and realize the creation of their 2-5 minute digital story.
Once the stories were complete, Centre presented an interactive exhibition of On The Record titled Mentalmorphosis at Artforms using sensor technology to engage the public with the digital stories at the Art Forms’ studio/gallery. The set-up of the exhibition provided participants with another opportunity to learn contemporary artistic practices.
On The Record merged the sectors of contemporary media arts and mental health, empowering artists and youth with lived experience of mental health to share their stories with the community and take an active role in changing predominant notions associated with mental health in Hamilton. This project enriched the lives of individuals living with mental illness and the City of Hamilton as a whole.
My Voice My Say
Over the course of eight weeks, eight individuals of varying ages with lived experience of mental health worked closely with digital artists Jennifer LaFontaine and Emmy Pantin to create their own personal narrative in the form of a digital story. The project began with an open discussion between the artists and participants to identify various concepts and themes that relate to their experiences as a person with lived experience, such as institutional experiences, issues with the police, language, empowerment, and shared experiences. Through scriptwriting, storyboarding and personal exploration, participants worked with the artists to record their personal story.
Re: Brand Hamilton
Re: Brand Hamilton will engage youth (15-24 years old) from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in research on Hamilton’s existing and new historical and cultural sites for the purpose of making these sites more relevant to youth and visitors. Youth will be from local First Nations (from Woodland Cultural Centre), African Canadian (African Canadian Caribbean Centre), New Canadian (YMCA, Immigrant Women’s Centre and New Globe Youth Centre), LGBTQ (The Well/Radar youth groups), Street-involved communities (Notre Dame Youth Shelter, Living Rock Resource Centre and ReCreate Open Studio) and from both the public and separate School Boards. Youth will visit and research civic museums, landmarks and cemeteries, in addition to locations that are significant to their personal heritage and to the collective history of the larger community.
(Re)Print invested and increased Centre3’s commitment to diverse artistic activities by linking professional artists with three marginalized youth groups in Hamilton in a creative collaborative relationship. The three youth groups were NGen (formerly known as The New Globe), Radar (the Well LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre) and Montcalm (Immigrant Women’s Centre). The practicing artists involved were Stephen Fakiyesi, Daryl Vocat, Brendan Fernandes, Matt McInnes, Chris Saba and Becky Katz.
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Texture In My Crib
Texture in my Crib linked professional artists with three at-risk youth groups in the City of Hamilton in a creative collaborative experience. The three youth groups were: Threshold School of Building, Notre Dame Youth Services and ReCreate Open Studio. The project hired three professional artists, who have experience collaborating with youth groups: Ingrid Mayrhofer, Amelia Jimenez, and Rochellle Rubinstein. The artists worked with the youth to explore issues of identity vs. modes of perception. Printmaking is a most suitable art form to engage youth because of its history, accessibility, variety of processes, communal context and multiplicity.