By Claire Rouleau, Performing and Creative Arts Lead at MAX
“I am ______ and I _________”
The first task, on the first day of Artist Educators Training 2: Creating Engagement at YPT, was to fill in these blanks as a statement of approach. The statement could include why you do what you do, what it is you do, what excites you about it, and how you identify within the work. Despite the excitement of being in a room with so many interesting people to talk to and connect with in the limited 48 hours ahead, our starting point was internal. To come back to what ultimately led us to this training, to a place of wanting to learn more, or be reinvigorated in our practice and pedagogy as artist educators, programmers and administrators.
By Sammy Schofield, YPT Drama School Volunteer
What are life’s greatest – and even scariest – challenges? Maybe it’s conquering your fear of heights and riding the tallest rollercoaster, or maybe it’s being in the same room as a giant spider! Actors in theatre face many challenges in their work. But before an actor performs in a play they must face the first epic challenge: the audition!
To learn more about We Are All Treaty People, click here.
We are honoured to have 7th Generation Image Makers create a new mural for the YPT lobby! Here is a sneak peek at their work, which illustrates the Seven Grandfathers through their associated clans/animals.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at their design concept and painting process.
The Artists: Renae Deneschezhe, Jacob Henry, Taylor Cameron, Deshaun Whyte and Nishina Shapwaykeesic-Loft
Photos by @7thgenerationimagemakers.
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By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator
About INDIGENizeUS: During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.
The grandfather teaching of LOVE is based on viewing your inner-self from the perspective of all teachings, and from the notion that each of us must love ourselves truly. From this, the notion of “loving ourselves before we can love others” came to mind. So we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on what it truly means to be ‘Canadian’, and to move forward with a deeper understanding of where we come from in terms of what has actually transpired on these lands over the past 150 years and the legacy of colonization that endures.