#4 Winter 2014: “Giving Voice”

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After school on-the-farm food education program
Herbivor Farm is a small organic farm in Blackburn Hamlet, offering weekly baskets of farm-fresh vegetables and herbs to the Ottawa region. Through our CSA (community shared agriculture) program, we are proud that we can offer the opportunity for the community to become
more connected to their local food system. We would like to expand our educational reach to offer the opportunity for hands-on learning, fun and exploration to elementary school children through an on-the-farm after school program.
Lisa Gualtieri & Justin Palmer
herbivorfarm at gmail dot com
Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network
The Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network (OPRN) will host a day-long forum this spring to start conversations about how the low-income community can participate in both the October municipal election and the preparation of the 2015 city budget and Council priorities. The purpose is to elect an anti-poverty council that will work with the community to find and/or accelerate measures that will make a difference in the everyday lives of people living in poverty.
Linda Lalonde
linda_lalonde_ottawa at yahoo dot com
After school on-the-farm food education program
Herbivor Farm is a small organic farm in Blackburn Hamlet, offering weekly baskets of farm-fresh vegetables and herbs to the Ottawa region. Through our CSA (community shared agriculture) program, we are proud that we can offer the opportunity for the community to become
more connected to their local food system. We would like to expand our educational reach to offer the opportunity for hands-on learning, fun and exploration to elementary school children through an on-the-farm after school program.
Lisa Gualtieri & Justin Palmer
herbivorfarm at gmail dot com
Pigs in a Modern World Postcards
Art that Makes a Difference. I want to create a print a series of artist postcards building on my existing body of work, entitled “Pigs in a Modern World.” This work includes over fifty images in which I appropriated modern and contemporary masterpieces, inserting pigs in the picture. The result is familiar yet unsettling, provoking thought and discussion about the issues of big agribusiness and the need for individuals to take responsibility for treatment of food animals they consume.
Beth Shepherd
beth at bethshepherd dot ca
website
Mission Statement: Giving Voice
The long term goal of my project, (working title) “Mission
Statement” is a solo exhibition of classical oil paintings depicting the lives of those at the fridges of society.
The current stage is to produce 3 or 4 oil sketches/ preliminary painting.
Jayne CouchMolony
Jayne.couch at yahoo.com
Giving Voice to Farmers in a Multi-stakeholder Co-op
The West End Well (the Well) is a new and innovative social enterprise in Ottawa’s Hintonburg neighbourhood. It was incorporated in 2013 as a for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative. Its core business is acting as a local organic food hub by providing a grocery, café, and community meeting space.
Terry Kimmel
terrykimmel at sympatico dot ca
One World Dialogue
One World Dialogue builds a ‘culture of peace’ through the promotion of dialogue and integrative thinking. One World Dialogue’s Peace Project is embarking on a journey to
explore and unleash the possibilities of peace as the mechanism to building strong, vibrant and integrated communities.  By empowering people with the outlets to have a voice, take action and learn, OWD will create and provide the tools for people, organizations and
communities to build a ‘culture of peace’.
Rohini Bhalla
info at oneworlddialogue dot org
website
Ottawa Stilt Union
The Ottawa Stilt Union is hoping to create a big community project over the next two years in Overbrook. Using the Irish Epic of the Cattle Raid of Cooley as a basis, we will encourage community members to create a tapestry of stories to cover the local landscape through
various art forms such as storytelling, stilting, theatre, puppets, etc.
website
Theatre Artists Cooperative
The Independent Collective Series (TACTICS) is a showcase of theatrical presentations that fills a void
in the Ottawa theatre community. TACTICS offers a venue for independently created, local professional theatre that is not easily accommodated in the available producing models. TACTICS will allow emerging and established Ottawa-based artists to have their work produced at Arts Court Theatre in a financially viable environment of
shared resources and collaborative promotion.
Sean Green
tactic.series at gmail dot com
Body Image Positive
Body Image Positive (BIP) is a project aimed at creating a safe space for all people to talk honestly about their bodies, while also challenging the messages that the media and broader society sends us about our bodies. Some body types, races and gender expressions are stigmatized and sometimes even criminalized. We put a special focus on making sure that traditionally-marginalized voices (voices of colour, disabled voices, LGBTQ voices and many others) can be heard by hiring writers for our blog that have often been left out of conversations about positive body image.
Lia Walsh
lia at bodyimagepositive dot com
website
Twice Upon a Time / Il était deux fois
We will provide free or gently-used books to children. Our goal is to foster a love of reading in Ottawa families in need. Our project is inspired by the Children’s Book Bank (www.childrensbookbank.com).
Alexandra Yarrow
alexandrayarrow at yahoo dot com
Streetbank (Ottawa)
Streetbank – sharing with your neighbors. Create an Ottawa presence/chapter:
www.streetbank.com
Melanie Ransom
melanie at maitlandmassage dot ca
YouthCanSlam Festival
The YouthCanSlam Festival is a week-long Canadian national youth poetry festival, held annually in Ottawa, which gathers youth poets from across the country to connect in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie, develop as writers and performers and create dialogue with the public at-large. YouthCanSlam Festival 2014 will take place
from August 18, 2014-August 23, 2014.
Ikenna Onyegbula
youthcanslam at gmail dot com
website
BeadWorks
BeadWorks is a social enterprise of Operation Come
Home, a non-profit education, employment and social support centre for homeless and at-risk youth in Ottawa. BeadWorks offers street-involved youth a safe space in which to nurture their creativity through the design and creation of fashionable handmade jewellery from recycled
and repurposed matierials. The products are then sold at a
youth-operated boutique, which showcases handmade and upcycled projects of young local artists. The proceeds from sales at the storefront support the artist who created the item, as well as the ongoing services offered to the youth at Operation Come Home.
Elspeth McKay
emckay at operationcomehome dot ca
website
Chiya Circle
CNSP (Canada Nepal Solidarity for Peace) is a volunteer operated non–profit organization which supports immigrant and refugees during their integration into Canadian life. We help them break the isolation, language and cultural barrier through counselling, coaching
and recreational activities, interpretation services; crisis
counseling, connecting individuals and families with the appropriate service/support and helping them to navigate multiple levels of bureaucracy; and, establishing and supporting health and wellness programs.
Tara Upreti
613-424-4145
Website
The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare
A play about the responsibility of everyone to give voice to the voiceless.
John Koensgen
newtheatreottawa at gmail dot com
website
Best Buddies University of Ottawa
Through Best Buddies, participants with intellectual disabilities are matched in one-to-one friendships with students at the University of Ottawa. Best Buddies is an international organization.
Jiliane Golczyk
bestbuddiesuottawa at gmail dot com
Everybody Love Everybody Festival 2014
E.L.E Fest is Ottawa’s newest music festival dedicated to giving young local artists the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a festival sized crowd of 600-1200 students. The second annual E.L.E. Fest will be held on September 20th, 2014 at Tabaret Lawn on the University of Ottawa Campus. The festival is free and raises money and awareness for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs of Ottawa.
Sean Callaghan
seanc.callaghan at gmail dot com
Empowerment Through Dance
To offer empowerment classes to the women that really need it.  Women that have low self-esteem or self-worth, especially ones that have been in an abusive relationship.
Kari Hummer
kari at karihummerdance dot com
Death Cafe Ottawa
At local cafes, over cake & coffee, Death Cafe guests gather to talk about LIFE, DEATH and everything in between. Death Café is a creative way to explore how increasing our awareness of death, loss, and grief
both informs and inspires the way we live.
Co-hosts: Emma Woodman & Kate Durie
kateudurie at gmail dot com
website
Beyond Dawn
We are a team of local writers and composers who are
putting together a musical story-telling project centred around the reptile and amphibian life in the Ottawa River Valley area. Our story features a “Wind in the Willows”-esque fantasy concerning the trials and adventures of a group of anthropomorphic creatures who struggle to maintain their community against the threats imposed by human intervention into their habitat.
Jeff Swim
swimmingjeff at gmail dot com
Mission 2030
Mission 2030 is the first major initiative of the non-profit,
non-partisan and volunteer based Construction Resource Initiatives Council to CHANGE the way we view and deal with resources, starting with diverting virtually all building waste from landfill.
Renee Gratton
renee.gratton at cricouncil dot com
Website
Sesquisharp Productions presents “Façade: An Evening of Rotating Conductors”
We are a volunteer music production company that creates engaging, avant-garde concerts promoting local emerging performance artists. We work with musicians, composers, actors, dancers and performers to collectively create exciting shows based on different themes. Our next concert in March 2014 will feature 3 local conductors each leading an  ensemble playing all kinds of music – both traditional and contemporary. The concert is topsy-turvey in it’s creation and will also feature circus performers to add to the mayhem!
Megan Johnson
contact at sesquisharp.com
Website
Indigenous Walking Tours
The idea is to have an Indigenous Walking Tours pilot project in Ottawa ON to be launched for the spring of 2014. The Walking Tour is similar to historic or haunted walks that many cities have however, this will create an exciting way to learn about the local Indigenous landscape through arts, culture and history.
Jaime Koebel
Koebelj at gmail dot com

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