All sessions are Thursdays 12:30 – 2:00 and take place in the Wild Garden Media Centre (HNES268) unless otherwise noted. Occasionally attendance or logistics will require us to move to a bigger space in HNES. Please check back with this page for changes.
DIGITAL STORYTELLING with Rani Sanderson
Used in community development and community based research, digital storytelling is the use of digital media to tell one’s story. This is most often done through the production of short videos. Rani Sanderson is the executive director of StoryCentre (formerly The Center for Digital Storytelling) founded and pioneered the Digital Storytelling methodology of participatory media creation in 1992, and has since taught hundreds of workshops around the world with a variety of communities and organizations. Our unique digital storytelling workshop model integrates creative writing, oral history, and participatory media production to assist people with little to no prior video-making experience in producing short digital videos, or “digital stories.” Now in Canada, StoryCentre Canada is building on the work of our American partners, in order to better support Canadian organizations locally, in a uniquely Canadian context. The StoryCentre teaching philosophy is grounded in the popular education method of starting from where people are. Workshop participants are invited to share stories from their own life experiences, in the context of a group production environment. Facilitators talk them through the steps they need to take to complete specific editing and production tasks.
CRAFTIVISM with Julia Fursova
What is ‘craftivism’? In short, it is “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite” (Greer, 2007). Craftivism can also be described as personalized activism for collective transformation. Situated within the field of community arts and social communications, ‘craftivism’ is a practice of cultural resistance and cultural reclamation that can be used to engage grassroots groups and individual into the process of developing their unique artistic expression in order to affirm and strengthen group’s political, social and cultural identity (Barndt, 2011), as well as to diversify group’s communication and social mobilization strategy.
‘ZINES with chris cavanagh
COLLECTIVE MURALS with chris cavanagh
PUPPETS with TBA
MAPPING with chris cavanagh
JOURNALLING & BOOKBINDING with chris cavanagh