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Right to the city

27 November 2014 No Comment

Pointe Saint-Charles “Shares the Warmth” as Concordia Students partner with local organizations :


Photo credit: David Ward

Right to the city

Montreal, November 4th, 2014—On November 29th, three classes from Concordia University will be showcasing work done this semester in Pointe St-Charles. The event is open to the public and features an audio tour of the neighbourhood followed by an exhibition of projects and short performances. The audio walk departs from the Pointe-St-Charles Library (1050 Hibernia) at 1pm and the exhibition is at Share the Warmth (625 Fortune) from 2:30-5:30pm.

Under the banner, The Right to the City, these three classes set out to discover how learning with the city, and across disciplines, can enrich education while giving back to the community at large. Since September, classes in art history, oral history, and theatre have been meeting in the Point, a historically working-class neighbourhood with a long history of community mobilization.

Students have created meaningful artistic projects with the community by partnering with local organizations including the Atwater Library, the Pointe-St-Charles YMCA, St. Columba House, le Club populaire de consommateurs, Madame prend congé, and Share the Warmth (Partageons l’espoir), a citizen-led resource founded on the principles of social economy, education as a right, food justice, and community self-determination. By getting out of the traditional classroom and working in the neighbourhood, the students have been able to mingle with other disciplines, share approaches, and develop new hands-on methods of working directly with local organizations in response to real issues facing Montrealers.

This project was made possible through a Curriculum Innovation Grant from Concordia University. Dr Cynthia Hammond, Chair of the Department of Art History, is the principal investigator on this grant, and has worked closely with her co-instructors, Dr Steven High, Canada Research Chair in Oral History, and Dr Edward Little, Chair of Theatre and founder of The Neighbourhood Theatre project. “Many of the students are working directly with social and economic problems that have a deep historical basis, and whose effects can be seen in the Point today,” explains Dr Hammond. “The students are discovering creative means to bring these histories, and present-day spatial stories into greater visibility. And they are working with community members and partners to deepen their projects, to work across the boundary between university and society.”

The participants would like to thank Concordia University and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling for their support of this pedagogical initiative.

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