Community Projects and Partnerships

Community Projects and Partnerships

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CURRENT / UPCOMING PROJECTS

IDENTITY

2015/16 Secondary Student Exhibition

A Juried exhibition exploring the theme of IDENTITY inspired by the art of AMY FRIEND (winter exhibition 2016).

APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS CLOSED - please contact Michelle mnicholls@brocku.ca for special circumstances.

EXHIBITION:
February 23 – March 8, 2016: An exhibition of the selected works will be on view at Rodman Hall.

PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, March 3, 4 to 6 pm

PRINTABLE POSTER

PRINTABLE / EMAIL INVITE

IDENTITY EXHIBITION | more details...
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IN THE 2016/17 SCHOOL YEAR:
THE JOURNEY TO HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT: AN EXHIBITION OF ART BY NIAGARA STUDENTS
 

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PAST PROJECTS

2015

SPARE PARTS

 

When: October 6 to 18, 2015

Spare Parts (spareparts.exchange) is a new collaboration between curator Camille Turner, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and medical anthropologist Monir Moniruzzaman with consultation and technical direction by Jim Ruxton. In this installation exploring the illegal global organ trade, the viewer is confronted with life sized video projections of a Bangladeshi kidney seller and a Canadian kidney transplant recipient-buyer facing each other and sitting in silence. The exhibit highlights the ethics of techno-medicine, the economy of the global marketplace, the intimacy of “spare parts,” and what it means to be human in the 21st century. Spare Parts is presented in conjunction with the Social Justice Research Institute Symposium, “Consuming Intimacies: Bodies, Labour, Care, and Social Justice,” October 15 & 16, 2015 at Brock University (consumingintimacies.com).

Meet the artistic team on October 15 at Rodman Hall starting at 6pm including a Keynote Address by Monir Moniruzzaman entitled “The Trade in Human Organs: Bioviolence, Bodies, Bangladesh.” This will be followed by a Social Justice Research Institute Reception.

Researcher, Monir Moniruzzaman
Artist, Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Curator, Camille Turner
Technical Director, Jim Ruxton
Web Designer, Michael Alstad
Videographers, Katrin Bowen and Molla Sagar
Editor and documentation, Brahm Rosensweig

Many thanks to the Consuming Intimacies Symposium Organizing Committee and gallery staff at
Rodman Hall Art Centre. We are also grateful for the support of Brock University’s Social Justice
Research Institute.

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THE HARVEST READING SERIES

Presented by Playwrights Niagara as part of Culture Days Celebrations. Sunday, September 27, 2015.

1. Skins by Sheila Laundry

Don’s harvest of 1976 yielded a glut of grapes and a scarcity of markets.  His wife Belva has learned a thing or two and shows the reluctant Don the power of supersalesmanship.

2. Weeds by Lindsay Price

Joe and Lizer sit on a bench outside the courthouse. While previously down on her luck, Lizer is excited to be working for a local farm. Her life is changing and she can see possibility for the first time. Still down on his luck, Joe is not happy about Lizer’s growth. He’ll do what it takes to bring her back down into the weeds.

3. Shine On by Katherine Albers

During their sunset years, Margaret and Walter learn that the harvest moon does not have the same significance for each of them.

4. Love In The Vineyard by Renée Baillargeon

Pushy and charming Bernie, a cabernet vine, would like to create the perfect reserve hybrid  grapevine with the luscious and older Sauvy, a sauvignon vine. He believes their union would wow not only the Grape and Wine Festival but the entire vinticulture industry.

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To learn more about this organization please visit their website: www.playwrightsniagara.weebly.com

or contact: playwrightsniagara@gmail.com; 905-964-9277

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ALTERNATIVE MUSEUM PLACEMENT

April/May 2015

As part of his Bachelor of Education Degree through Brock University, Student Teacher Joshua DiIorio worked with Art Educator Michelle Nicholls to delliver arts programming to the community as well as local Elementary and Secondary Students.

Visitors to the "In the Soil" arts festival participated in the mobile art-making station and printed patterns on re-useable tote bags.

Grade 4/5 Students in Miss Woltz class at Westmount School learned about the artist Frida Kahlo and created self portraits inspired by her work.

Grade 9-12 Students from Laura Secord Secondary School had a gallery visit to both Rodman Hall and NAC. They experienced an artist talk with local artists Ben Mosher and Candace Couse. Students also participated in hands-on printmaking workshops.

Approximately 300 students and 200 community members participated in this year's program. Special thanks to all involved!

image: Miss Woltz and two grade 4/5 students.

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THE JOURNEY TO HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT

an exhibition of art by Niagara Students

Organized by the Coalition to End Violence Against Women in collaboration with Rodman Hall Art Centre

March 6 to 8, 2015
After briefings with regional counsellors on domestic and dating violence, students from four area high schools have created artworks in response to the issue. This exhibition organized by the regional Coalition to End Violence Against Women, builds on the dialogue begun with the “Violence Against Women 365 International Poster Exhibition” mounted at Rodman Hall in 2012. This showcase of challenging works by Niagara’s student artists coincides with International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.
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Students and Educators participated from the following Niagara Secondary Schools:

Laura Secord Secondary School

E.L. Crossley Secondary School

Ridgeway Crystal Beach Secondary School

Strive Niagara (Welland Branch) Young Mothers Program

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Student Participants and Artist Statements (click here)

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MEDIA COVERAGE: 

COGECO TV: Features the Students of Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School as they participate in this exhibition. (click here to visit video)

ARTICLE: Students Use Art to Raise Awareness Against Violence
Written by Christopher Breen (of Niagara News and the Independent View Point.) (click here to visit article)

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PHOTO GALLERY (click here)

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The Following Organizations and Artists lead the committee and are working with the teachers and students to mount this exhibition:

Cindy Ledl, Gillans Place & CEVAW; Sandy Toth, Design For a New Tomorrow & CEVAW; Stuart Reid, Michelle Nicholls and Peter Vietgen, Brock University / Rodman Hall; Kristen Neudorf, Krys Elliott and Emily Anderson, Local Artists and Educators.