DATES: October 5-14:
Kingston: Thursday, October 9, around town.
Tuesday October 14, Queen’s campus
In response to the characterization of arts as only of interest to an elite group and not relevant to ‘ordinary’ Canadians, we want to demonstrate the prevalence and importance of arts in all our lives.
To highlight our belief that everyone is bound together by arts and by the stories that artists tell, we propose to take our stories into the streets. Between now and October 14, students, faculty and staff of the Queen’s University Drama department will be telling stories in public places. Working in pairs, we will locate ourselves around Kingston to read poems, read short stories, sing songs, play music, read from childrens’ picture books, talk about the Canadian documentary or film you loved, perform monologues, do puppetry…every kind of storytelling through art. Each performance will also have a sign or flyers explaining why we think that arts are an integral part of the life of every Canadian.
We are inviting anyone who loves the arts to participate, ANYWHERE IN CANADA, in groups, in pairs, any way at all. It is as easy as:
1. You and a friend/daughter/son/colleague go to a streetcorner, park, mall in your community.
2. One of you reads, sings, dances, plays the fiddle…
3. The other holds a poster that says: “art is your story”, and also (if you like) has the web site with lots of good information about the arts in Canada: http://www.artsisyourstory.wordpress.com
4. You go home.
5. You send a photo and/or description of what you did to the web site or the facebook site (link is on our wordpress site).
That is it! In Kingston we have a large event planned for October 5 and other dates in place. Join us at the same time or do this whenever suits you. It can be as small or large as you like.
And, please, ask your candidates about their arts and culture policy.
Any day can work, if you want us to post your event, we will!
Kingston days for this event:
1. Everyone who can come, Sunday October 5, 10am , meeting at Market Square, then all over Kingston until 2pm.
2. Anytime, anyone, Tuesday and Thursday October 7 and 9, all over Kingston.
3. Queen’s campus, Tuesday October 14, election day.
We invite local groups across the country, Queen’s alumni, individuals, other departments at other universities to join us in this project.
Please spread the stories, pass this around!