Past, present, future, all simultaneously and chaotically exploding silently in the recesses of thought where life has been automated into arbitrary and dissociated projections of life experiences. Using improv techniques, together we can harness the power of communal play into concentrated and sustained effort towards shared goals and intentional experiences for character development, skill-building, and alternative economies to emerge. The opportunity for real change is always there, we must learn to say “yes,” to them.
“I am awed by the power of dance to transform and alleviate pain.” Park’n Dance has established weekly dance classes for people with Parkinson’s in Guelph. Research demonstrates that these dance sequences help boost quality of life as well as provide opportunity to improve balance, gait, memory, coordination, cognition, self-expression and confidence. Frequency of practice provides residual benefits. We plan to develop a video/DVD with a choice of dance exercises and sequences guided by instructors of Park’n Dance and enhanced by live music, in order to provide people with Parkinson’s an opportunity for pleasurable and health-enhancing home practice.
Immigrant Services – Guelph Wellington wants to launch a refugee and newcomer youth driven social enterprise group called Azadi Youth Productions as a vehicle for youth to share their stories; learn new skills; help build an inclusive Guelph through community education; and enrich our cultural landscape. Azadi means freedom in Persian and the group will work on arts multi-disciplinary productions that speak to the concepts of peace-building and what it means to live in freedom.
COMING FULL CIRCLE, a creative peer-driven initiative… is a grass-roots, peer-driven, facilitated initiative for people who identify as having a lived experience of mental health issues and addictions. This unique concept will encompass participant’s interests and ideas whereby a multitude of creative & interactive workshops will engage and inspire those who wish to benefit from healing/growth/empowerment in a safe environment.
We often see people sitting on the street corners asking for spare change, or get impatient while waiting for someone to communicate their thoughts in broken English. In those moments, the minor interruption in our regular routine inflicts feelings of annoyance, and we fail to recognize the reality of the humanity right in front of our eyes. For many, these realities are in our community but somehow, we don’t see it. We hope to educate and inspire the Guelph community through a mini-series documentary highlighting the struggles and challenges that newcomers to Canada face, and those experiencing poverty in Guelph.
“EZ Health” is a project focusing on promoting personal and community wellbeing. We are a group of medical professionals in Arkell Medical Centre. In response to the high risk of chronic problems such as diabetes in 6000 -8000 Chinese in Guelph, we regularly organize health education events and free health assessment to help Chinese access the health care resources. Our activities have had encouragement from all aspects. In order to support our community on a daily basis, we will promote more services on line and in person. We need your support. Together, let's make our community healthier and stronger!
The Golden Bus is a mobile collaborative arts space built out of an ex-transit bus. We can be a recording studio, small concert venue, and/or host zine fairs, small-scale publication and album manufacturing, film screenings, traveling thrift store, and so many other amazing things! Portable and affordable, we will work with Guelph artists and organizations to co-present awesome events...anywhere! Already we have partnered with the Guelph Film Festival, Ed Video, Kazoo Fest, The Guelph Comedy Festival, and MADE: Urban Arts. We are looking for funding to support a concert series that will promote local, emerging, and youth artists, as well as long and short-term parking options.
Ed Video is embarking on an adventure to create an arts hub at 404 York Road. The first step is to create an appropriate sound proof space for our organization that includes a larger teaching space and a multi-purpose bookable sound proof room that can be used for shooting video and for community events and workshops. We are looking for funds to pay a consultant to help us make these changes consistently with the future purpose of the building in mind, and to support the purchase of materials.
Portal Dance Project's Broken is a multi-media art work which hopes to stimulate the Guelph community through a shared performance event at the Ackers Space. It is PDP's hope to animate the new Ackers space with a project that is rich in impact but that also helps provide internal and community dialogue regarding a topic which affects us all in many different ways.
Who cares about the Eastview Landfill? ReMediate brings together artist Christina Kingsbury, writer Anna Bowen, and Pollination Guelph to create a massive quilt for the Eastview Landfill site. The first 2000sqft of the quilt, handmade from paper embedded with native seeds, was sewn together with public participation. It is now biodegrading and becoming a living habitat for threatened pollinators. 2017 will see the continued expansion of the quilt, the planting of trees and shrubs for pollinator shelter and spring forage, the installation of two sculptures on site that will serve as bench for the public and an arbour for climbing plants, and a Native Bee House-making workshop. We are seeking cash or in-kind materials for the garden and sculptures and funds for building sculptures and hosting the workshop.
The purpose of this project is to promote the understanding of our diverse cultures, diversity and equity, and diversity and inclusiveness through media arts. We would like to achieve this purpose by producing a video documentary based on the interviews with our diverse community members. It is our belief that when people are informed of the differences among different cultural groups, it will help reduce the cultural misunderstandings. For this reason, we believe this project and your support has the potential to help enable the equal participation of all members of the society and, therefore, to benefit the whole community.
Parents complain that their children are no longer engaged with the outside world. Technology has led to withdrawn individuals divorced from external interactions. Alright then, let's make the external world a bit more interesting, spontaneous, joyful, and fun. Let's generate flash mob approaches to art and dialogue. Let hikers see distant images of performance art or musical recitals or dance through the trees. Allow fine artists to physically paint parts of the landscape. And let academics and intellectuals freely discuss ideas to those wishing to participate.