On behalf of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, this idea comes from the “Culture for Kids in the Arts, Artasia Project”. One of the main pillars of the Artasia project is to share the voices and ideas of the children of Hamilton. 550 children from 18 locations across the city have created a series of postcards “What do you love about Hamilton? What would you change about Hamilton?” They have also created 18 10′ tall “story-telling poles” which tell fictional stories about the city. In addition to sharing the final works created by the children, their ideas and works in process were documented and made into a short film. We would like to screen this film along with the postcards and “story telling poles”. By the time the SHIFT festival rolls around, the children will also have created drawings and plans outlining changes they would like to make to their neighbourhoods, in addition to the actual execution of some of these plans. They will again be documented as they work, and will share their ideas in an audio format. We are hoping to set up listening stations in their communities across the city. We would like to provide a map at the festival so that the attendees of SHIFT can explore neighbourhoods guided by the children’s voices. Finally, throughout the duration of the festival, we would also like to document the reactions of the Hamilton community to the work of the children. submitted by Renee Jackson
The charitable organization, “Culture for Kids in the Arts” at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, is the lead organization for the outreach project ARTASIA. Culture for Kids in the Arts is committed to “providing access to arts programming for Hamilton children and youth”.