Every now and then, I get the rare opportunity to work with a group of youth so enthusiastic and dedicated, my own commitment to leading community based art programs is reaffirmed and energized – and the youth at Mount Dennis Public Library did just that. This past spring I had the privilege of working with a stellar group of 8 young photographers, all under the age of 14. We met once a week over two months and although our time together was short, we covered a lot of information and the resulting work they produced was absolutely astounding. Thanks so much, to the participants, library staff, and staff at Vibe for making this an incredible program.
To any of my young photographers reading this: remember, you don’t need a fancy camera to tell a great story. Just keep taking pictures!
This project was organized and funded by the amazing people at Vibe Arts
This summer, I’ll be participating in a residency at the Gardiner Museum as part of the “Make it Real Project.” During the week of August 29th to September 4th, I’ll be working in the museum with artist Amanda Foulds on a collaborative photo based artwork. Come by for a visit during the week, and/or join us for our grand finale celebration on the evening of the 1st!
More information about the program can be found here.
Reserve your tickets here.
Here’s our statement from the website:
LOST AND FOUND with Jennifer Chin and Amanda Foulds
Museums house an archive of objects from civilizations past and present with the expressed intent of learning from these artifacts the stories about the peoples that made them. But not all of the museum’s collections are documented. The museum’s lost and found can be viewed as an unconscious community collaboration of sorts. We hope to work together to study, photograph, and interpret the objects left at the gallery to learn more about the visiting public. The objects will be photographed as though they were accessioned by the museum and then curated into narrative groupings lending themselves to an exploration of questions about ownership, aesthetics, authenticity, and cultural values.
I’m pretty darned excited to see what we find in the lost and found and what work we come up with!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars and join us!!
This spring, I had the amazing opportunity to work on another VIBE Arts Arts For Social Justice project, this time with Westview Centennial, and hip hop dancer/choreographer, Jennalee Desjardins. For this project, the students wanted to challenge the discrimination they feel when they tell people where they’re from. All of the material in the video was created by the students using their smart phones! Jennalee and I helped put it together. Have a look!
If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll know that one of the organizations I frequently work with is Vibe Arts. Each year, they hold a spectacular annual showcase of artwork created by youth and just looking at the schedule, this year looks like it’s going to be even bigger than the last!
I’m thrilled to announce that one of the projects I’ve facilitated is going to be on display there. The project wrapped up just last week and I’ll be blogging about it soon, but if you’re in Toronto this week, come check it out in person!!
This past winter, I had the honour of working with the students of Mr. Beline’s Grade 12 Drama class at Central Etobicoke High School with the amazing director, choreographer, and performer Allison Beula, VibeArts, and the CCLET.
As these ASJ projects are student designed and directed, when we start, we never know how the ideas will manifest which is always very exciting! Throughout our discussions in this session, the students identified many injustices in the world around them and chose to address them collectively in a choreographed group protest. In their performance, they focused not only on what isn’t fair in the world, but also expressed their ideas about how we can change things for the better. Their incredibly empathetic perspective and boundless positivity through the entire process was truly heartwarming and inspiring. Please do check out their work in the video posted above.
It is always so rewarding to see an artwork develop and live on beyond the program. Here is a photo of the students performing their piece at a school assembly! Bravo everyone!
I’ve just started another Arts for Social Justice project for the spring term and I can’t wait to see what the students come up with this time! As always, I’ll post images/videos of the new work when I can. Until then, be well everyone.
This past week, I spotted small versions of the Vibe Arts paintings done for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Welcome 41 project at Terminal 1 of Toronto’s Pearson Airport! What a welcome sight, and a perfect exhibition location. Well done, everyone!
I’m very excited to be co-leading another Arts For Social Justice program for Vibe Arts and the CCLET, this time with Allison Beula in Mr. Beline‘s drama class at Central Etobicoke School. I can’t wait to see what these students come up with!
A photo from this morning’s drawing warm up. We listened to the music of Michael Bates and others with charcoal and paper in hand. It’s a great exercise to loosen up any apprehensive artists.