The Virtualian Festival: Ongoing, Online and Original!

Have all of your favourite concerts and events been postponed or cancelled? Are you craving a culture crawl? Then tune in every Saturday with ARTCi director Brunella Battista as she hosts the Virtualian Festival! Brunella conceived of and created this on line celebration of arts and culture in response to the fact that people all over the globe are self-isolating due to COVID-19. Brunella was particularly touched by the ways in which people were striving to connect in her native Italy. She reminisced about the Sundays when she would gather with her own family and they would jam, draw, paint, cook and tell stories. She wanted to capture the feeling of connectedness and intimacy of these gathe

Inspired by Rick Mercer: RANTS!!!! LEAD Day 3 and 4

Listen Empathize Act & Drive. To deliver LEAD, we had to come up with a model that allowed youth to discover their voices, a model that was very process and collaboration based. We needed a project that allowed them to act on an issue and then drive it to a place where it could be shared on a larger stage. So…we introduced them to celebrated Canadian Rick Mercer’s rants! Thank you Rick! We broke down the elements of a rant, and in production teams of four or five, youth identified issues in their community that were important to them. Litter, graffiti and racial profiling were but a few. The first steps, and two of the most difficult, were writing and storyboarding. Youth used a writing tem

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