Someone in the Community

Project Someone works with community partners in various different contexts. Here are some examples which include working with youth in two different Montreal neighbourhoods, Montreal North (Montréal-Nord) and Mercier-Est.

Solidarité Mercier-Est

Solidarité Mercier-Est is an administrative organization that helps coordinate the government funding bodies and community organizations in this borough. Each organization plays a complementary role by having a mission to serve a specific population including the elderly, youth, families and newcomers. It is through this organization that Project Someone researchers initiated contact and collaborated with the following community centers: La Maison des familles, le Chez-Nous de Mercier-Est, l’Antre-Jeunes and le Garage.

Project Someone collaborated with Solidarité Mercier-Est to study the social pedagogy interventions of these three organizations working with different demographic groups in this Montreal East Borough.

Through the production of four documentaries made in collaboration with the stakeholders of these three community centers, and through the production of didactic material addressing issues experienced by the speakers, Someone researchers and their partners examined the contribution of these organizations to counter social exclusion and improve cohesion in their neighborhood.

Documentary on Chez-Nous de Mercier-Est

The documentary, produced in collaboration with the Chez-Nous team, presents members who reflect on what motivates them to get involved as volunteers and what these volunteer and community involvement activities represent. We also hear from Chez-Nous program administrators regarding how they perceive their support role for this particular population group. The second part of the documentary presents the challenges that members and stakeholders face on a daily basis. The problem of intimidation and the inclusion of new members in the organization is highlighted, as is the way in which stakeholders designed and applied particular intervention methods to prevent and remedy such problems.

Since its creation, the documentary has been used by the administrators of Chez-Nous during regional events that brought together intervention professionals and the elderly.

Documentary on the Maison des familles

Produced with the Maison des familles team, this documentary offers a deep reflection on the social realities of the neighborhood. The speakers explain how Mercier East is in a phase of transformation from a suburban peripheral district and homogeneous population to an urban living environment with a more varied socio-economic fabric. They explain how these realities impact their work and describe their role within the organization. Members from various cultural backgrounds discuss their relationship to Maison des familles and explain how the organization allows them to link their individual journey to a broader citizen approach. The staff at Maison des familles explain that the challenges they face stem mainly from the socio-economic differences that exist between the different population groups who inhabit the borough. They elaborate on the importance of member engagement and empowerment within the organization to truly represent the community’s needs.

Documentary on the Antre-Jeunes

This documentary about l’Antre-Jeunes and Le Garage features different residents’ perspectives on the reality of social housing neighborhoods. Often associated with the stereotypical image of US ghettos, these housing areas are home to residents with diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Garage members explain how living in this environment impacts their own social development and that of their children. They talk about issues such as violence, crime and fear to justify feelings of insecurity among the residents of these housing projects.

On the other hand, we then hear youth workers from Antre-Jeunes who talk about their role with young people from these neighborhoods. While presenting the different types of interventions they carry out, they reflect on the population’s expectations towards them in the resolution of youth gangs and social housing problems. The administrators and social workers stress the importance and the impact of the image that is produced and perceived by young people who evolve in these environments. By offering an alternative development space where young people can carry out media production and other projects, their role becomes that of mediators between this youth culture and the apprehensions of the rest of the population.

 

Danse en ligne

Project Someone is engaged in a partnership with centre Turbine, a creative centre that combines art and pedagogy for its Danse en ligne project, with teenagers from Un itinéraire pour tous, an organization based in Montreal North. Led by artists Marie-Pierre Labrie and Sara Hanley, the project proposes the co-design of social media through creative missions where teenagers are invited to respond with multimedia content (photos, video, sounds, texts).

Credit : D Morissette

The initiative critically addresses the use of mobile and social media by transforming it into an artistic creation opportunity. The mobile phone becomes a laboratory of daily creation that contains the tools necessary for participants to express their ideas. Workshops feature an embodied approach that leads youth to sensibly reflect on their multimedia productions while diverting the usual modes of online interaction. With Project Someone’s support, the team chose to create an online platform independent of commercial social networking services.

The project was completed in fall and a second phase is planned for spring 2020. A performance at La maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord in June 2020 will feature the results of the artistic explorations in public space.

For more information, please visit the Facebook page.

Team

Marie-Pierre Labrie et Sara Hanley — Artists and Pedagogues

Roby Blanchard-Provost—Web Design

Charlotte Dion-Dufour — Programmer

Sponsor

Le centre Turbine (hyperlink: centreturbine.org) carries out projects that introduce current trends in arts to diverse communities by matching professional artists of all backgrounds and disciplines with art educators.

Partners

Un itinéraire pour tous

Project Someone

Bibliothèque de la maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord

Addressing Online Hate

The bilingual cybersec101.ca module “Addressing Online Hate” was developed with our partner Serene-RISC to enable libraries and community organisations to provide educative sessions and develop awareness of hate online.

The materials were designed to enable the rapid development of workshops as well as providing resources to support and enhance existing training programs. 

The module provides tools to assist learners to be able to recognize and identify forms of hate speech and discrimination, in one’s own community and in broader society, understand and explain how online media is used to disseminate hate speech/discrimination, and be able to create and participate in non-discriminatory dialogue online.

The module is available online at: https://www.cybersec101.ca/themes/addressing-online-hate/

Digital Literacy - Lebanon

Between April 2018 and April 2019 Project Someone partnered with five NGOs in Lebanon to design and deliver a series of workshops. The workshops focussed primarily on critical digital literacy and social pedagogy in an aim to build capacity and empower Lebanese communities. 

The partner organisations work with different minority groups including special needs individuals (Youth Association of the Blind and the Inclusion Network), women (Collective for Research and Training Development Action), Syrian refugees (Basmeh and Zeitooneh), Palestinian refugees (Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation), and youth in K—12 settings as represented by Heritage College

After a rigorous needs assessment, the heads of the partner organizations, co-developers, and co-facilitators from the fabric of the Lebanese community worked together in the development, implementation, and the contextualization of the workshop materials. This strategy ensured that the voices of the minorities were heard through local case studies and storytelling that participants would be able to relate to easily. The pedagogical materials were modified from existing Project Someone resources, from the From Hate to Hope MOOC, and some created from new.

There were 4 types of workshops, 16 in total, held locally in Lebanon.

For more information, see the Digital Literacy in Lebanon page.

Youth Workshops in Montreal

Our research and creative teams tackle the challenges of hate speech head-on through the use of public, participative pedagogy projects with community collaborators. One such project, Landscape of Hate, uses a framework of multimedia improvisation with the objective of promoting and favouring the public voice in framing pluralistic dialogues about how we negotiate various forms of hate in our society. In July of 2019, members of Landscape of Hate and their friends in celebrated American extreme metal band Pig Destroyer worked with youth collaborators from various Montreal communities to create sonic and visual media that described their emotional engagement with terms such as hate, anger, and sorrow. You can watch a mini-documentary about this workshop which was held at the margins of the Heavy Montreal music festival here:

Another one of our community-oriented initiative, Landscape of Hope, explores the boundaries of inclusivity of marginalized youth by creating exclusive artistic spaces for them to project their unique narratives. In February of 2019, Landscape of Hope held its Canadian premiere at Concordia University in Montréal. You can watch a mini-documentary about how youth worked alongside members of Landscape of Hope to create a unique installation and performance to build a platform to magnify their narratives of resilience:

Team

Vivek Venkatesh PhD

Vivek Venkatesh is UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, and Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts in the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Fine Arts. He is an interdisciplinary and applied learning scientist who investigates the psychological, cultural and cognitive factors impacting the design, development and inclusive adoption of digital media in educational and social contexts.
Marie-Pierre Labrie

Marie-Pierre Labrie is a doctoral candidate, an instructor in art education at Concordia University and an artist/pedagogue in schools and communities. Her research focuses on embodied pedagogy and its integration to youth digital composition in social media. Her approach is grounded in contemporary art, interdisciplinarity and the importance given to processes.

Léah Snider

Léah Snider is a researcher, curator and PhD student in Art Education. She is actively involved in the development of cultural projects for both profit and non-profit organizations. She is greatly interested in the production and reception of art in digital spaces and believes in the use of emerging technologies to support teaching and learning in and out of exhibition spaces. 

Kathryn Urbaniak

Kathryn Urbaniak is Program Manager at Project Someone. She is an experienced learning experience designer and researcher with degrees in Educational technology, Information Technology, and Business.

Martin Lalonde PhD

Martin Lalonde is a professor in Art Education at the School of Visual and Media Arts in Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses on the impact of mobile digital technologies on teaching and learning, on the intersection of arts education and social work with at-risk populations, and on informal creative practices in visual and media among young people.

Peter Dimitrakopoulos

Peter Dimitrakopoulos is an Education Specialist at Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education. He is currently working on a project that aims to advance gender equality and promote empowerment of women and girls in an international context. He has a passion for interactive and participatory educational practices and loves to learn from the experiences of other educators.