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Coast story-gathering effort gets federal funding

Coast story-gathering effort gets federal funding

The Sechelt Arts Festival Committee, producers, and partners are pleased to announce the award of a Canada 150 Fund grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The $96,700 grant will support a special community project aligned with the Sechelt Arts Festival in celebration of the Canada 150 Anniversary in 2017.

“s-yìyaya: Our Families. Our Stories”, will be a community legacy-building project capturing our community forbearers’ stories. It will inspire and engage community youth and build on existing reconciliation work between our First Nations and settler communities. The project will bring together a diverse group of youth, artists, musicians, and elders from around the Sunshine Coast to deepen our community connections and collaboration through the arts.

Supported by several Sunshine Coast community partners, including members of the shíshálh Nation, School District 46, local archivists and elder care facilities, our coast youth, including alternative schools, First Nations and French language students, will gather stories of family life through the most recent 150 years of Sunshine Coast history.

Beginning in early 2017, area students will be asked to interpret the stories they collect through their chosen medium such as visual art, music, video, and written word. The story-making process will come together under the direction of professional local artists and producers in a multi-genre live stage performance during the 2017 Sechelt Arts Festival, October 12-22. The project will also leave a written and visual legacy. In addition, it will help build appreciation for our multi-cultural community, show us how the past has helped shape the present, and enable students to gain a better understanding and empathy for working together in the future.

In its fourteenth year, The Sechelt Arts Festival provides accessible arts programming to Coast residents and visitors in a professionally produced ten-day event. The Festival supports and encourages the local artistic community by providing myriad workshops, performances, and presentation opportunities, embracing arts and culture through dance, music, theatre, spoken word, visual art, multi-media, and heritage events. For more information visit: secheltartsfestival.com  Submitted

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