DAREarts Quebec Reaches Out to Francophone Kids in Granby

For the first time in our 22 year history, rural francophone kids in Quebec are participating en francais in DAREarts’ empowerment workshops!  This is an exciting new partnership with Atelier 19, a vibrant arts studio in Granby, under the leadership of our DAREarts Quebec Lead Teacher & Coordinator, Deirdre Potash.  All-day workshops are every Wednesday through March and April.  Join the kids at their public showcase on Sunday, April 29th, 2 pm, at Centre Cultural France-Arbour, Granby!

DAY 1 of the project ‘Oeuvrez pour la paix’  was a beautiful first meeting between the 25 Grade 4 students from the Assomption School and teachers, artists and volunteers at Atelier 19.  Some were familiar with the place while others came for the first time and were introduced to the famous GONG! There was excitement and enthusiasm as we discussed DAREarts’ values of Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence, and the values ​​of Atelier 19 (listening, respect, commitment and solidarity).

We worked on a dictionary of patterns by observing our surroundings and then putting our own ideas on paper. Some children discovered a lot of patterns on their clothes! Beautiful varied creations of personal crests resulted.  The children then transferred their ideas by embossing on metal.  They all marvelled at this unique way to create art. They also made comments like, “It’s quieter than at school and I have a lot of imagination and inspiration.”

DAY 2 was rich in new learning and discoveries!  We sang with local young musician and singing school owner, Olivier Chagnon.  When the kids shared their favorite music, we discovered the varied preferences of children and adults.  With Olivier, the children chose and practised two songs that they will sing in their showcase: L’oiseau et l’enfant and Tout est lié. What a great chance to hear their passion and new musical skills developing! We also met André Meunier, a specialist in theatre production and puppeteering. The children were surprised to learn that there are so many types of marionettes and that any object can come alive.  Even bits of paper were transformed into butterflies.  Some children who had been showing less interest opened up with great smiles of pride!  Beautiful support teamwork too!

DAREarts thanks all its supporters including: National Supporter – Northbridge Insurance; Lead Supporters – Baton RougeBank of America Merrill Lynch, Anne LivingstonScotiabankTD Bank Group; and Quebec Education Partners – Atelier 19 and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts).