Our 2013 Arts of Conscience program is still being developed.

Please see our 2012 program information below

and send any inquires to info@songinstitute.ca.

 

 

 

 

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ARTS OF CONSCIENCE SPEAKER AND FILM SERIES

JUNE 11-15, 2012

VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC

In partnership with
Vancouver-based Instruments of Change and VanCity Theatre

INITIATIVES, IDEAS, AND IMAGES:  Join us for a week of evenings with Distinguished Speakers and Documentary films about the realms of Art Activism in the weave of communities, nations, and our world.
 

SCHEDULE FOR EACH EVENING'S EVENTS:

INITIATIVES: 5:30-7:00.
Admission for INITIATIVES is $5.00. Tickets at the door.

DINNER BREAK 7:00-8:00

IDEAS and IMAGES: 8:00-10.00.
Admission for IDEAS and IMAGES is $11. Tickets at the door or at
http://www.viff.org/theatre

 

 

LISTING OF SPEAKERS AND FILMS

Monday, June 11th:

   
INITIATIVES 5:30-7:00 Speaker: Judith Marcuse, internationally renowned dancer/choreographer and Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change at SFU
IDEAS AND IMAGES 8:00-10:00 Speaker: Max Wyman, OC, Former President of the Canadian Commission to Unesco, Author of "The Defiant Imagination"
Film: RHYTHM IS IT! 
     
Tuesday, June 12th    
INITIATIVES 5:30-7:00 Speaker: Cyndy Chwelos, Program Director at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
IDEAS AND IMAGES 8:00-10:00

Speaker: Laura Barron, Instruments of Change, and Garrett Rubin, student activist at the Eastman School, University of Rochester
Film: WASTE LAND 

     
Wednesday, June 13th    
INITIATIVES 5:30-7:00 Speaker: Reena Lazar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Peace it Together, award-winning film project for youth from Israel, Palestine, and Canada
IDEAS AND IMAGES 8:00-10:00 Speaker: Reena Lazar
Film: PEACE IT TOGETHER SHORT FILMS 
     
Thursday, June 14th    
INITIATIVES 5:30-7:00 Speaker: David Diamond, Artistic Director of the groundbreaking Headlines Theatre
IDEAS AND IMAGES 8:00-10:00 Speaker: Susan Summers, President of the British Columbia Music Therapy Association of British Columbia
Film: TWELVE ANGRY LEBANESE 
     
Friday, June 15th    
INITIATIVES 5:30-7:00 Speaker: Dr. Susan O'Neill, Professor of Music Psychology at SFU and Director of the Research in Youth, Music, and Education Project (RYME).
IDEAS AND IMAGES 8:00-10:00 Speaker: Sam Sullivan, CM,former Mayor of Vancouver, Founder, Disability Foundation and related its Societies, and the Global Civic Policy Society.
Film: FAVELA RISING 

FILM SYNOPSES:

 
rhythm-is-itMonday, June 11, 2012

RHYTHM IS IT! records the first big educational project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra ventured out of the ivory tower of high culture into boroughs of low life for the sake of 250 youngsters. They had been strangers to classical music, but after arduous but thrilling preparation they danced to Stravinsky's 'Le Sacre du Printemps' ('The Rite of Spring'). Recorded with a breathtaking fidelity of sound, this film from Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch documents the stages of the Sacre project and offers deep insights into the rehearsals of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Written by BOOMTOWN MEDIA BERLIN in 2004.
 
 
 
 
photo3Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land (2010) follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
 
 
shortfilms-peaceWednesday, June 13, 2012

Peace it Together selection of short films

Peace it Together is a Vancouver-based, filmmaking program that provides youth the unique opportunity to dialogue and connect deeply with their so-called "enemy" while co-creating short films that are used as peace-building tools throughout the world. Their work is centered on three distinct processes: Dialogue: learning about and listening to each other; Filmmaking:engaging in the creative process; Sustaining the Impact: sharing the films and encouraging others to build peace. This screening will feature several youth-produced films from Peace It Together's 2004, 2008 and 2011 programs led with youth from Israel and Palestine.
 
 
 
12-angry-lebaneseThursday, June 14, 2012

Twelve Angry Lebanese follows an all-male group of adult inmates residing in Roumieh Prison who experienced the pioneer practice of Drama Therapy/Theatre in 2008-2009 led by a female Drama Therapist Zeina Daccache. For 15 months, 45 inmates, some completely illiterate, worked together to present an adaptation of Reginald Rose's famous stage play 12 Angry Men (known worldwide through the Sidney Lumet film starring Henry Fonda). The choice of play, which touches upon the themes of forgiveness, self- development, stigma and hope, was no accident. Daccache added monologues, songs and dance routines created by the prisoners to the original text. A must see, this remarkable documentary includes rehearsals, drama therapy sessions and interviews, revealing the tremendous dignity and despair of the prisoners as well as the charismatic Daccache's boundless energy and patience. Winner, Best Documentary, Audience Award, Dubai Film Festival; Audience Award, Dox Box, Damascus.
 
 
 
favela-risingFriday, June 15, 2012

Favela Rising is a 2005 documentary film by American directors Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary. It was produced by Sidetrack Films and VOY Pictures. It debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2005 where it won the award for Best New Documentary Filmmaker for Zimbalist and Mochary. The film's look at life in Brazil's slums won it further awards such as Best Documentary Film from the New York Latino Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary from Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.[1] The film won over 25 international festival awards and was short-listed for an Oscar.


 

 

DETAILS OF INITIATIVES AND IDEAS TALKS:

June 11th

5:30 pm Judith Marcuse, Changing the Lens: Arts for Social Change

In Canada and around the world, the arts are increasingly used as potent tools in diverse agendas for social change. As we tackle complex and sometimes overwhelming local and global issues, more and more people recognize the need for fresh, out-of-the-box approaches to problem-solving with strategies that engage both the head and the heart. The specialized practices of arts for social change nurture collective insight and engagement. Through arts-based facilitation, we can develop innovative strategies for positive change. In short, making art helps people to find new ways to see and act in the world.

Judith Marcuse will offer examples of this work from around the globe, integrating stories from her own experience, sharing perspectives about this burgeoning field, and providing ideas about how simple arts-based processes can be integrated into our daily lives.

8:00 pm - Max Wyman, OC, Keynote: Aux Arts, Citoyens!

 
What role does art play in activating the social conscience? Where do we locate creative engagement in the social fabric of the 21st century? How does art and art-making empower the human individual to imagine change? Cultural commentator and global arts education advocate Max Wyman argues that the freedom to imagine alternatives lies at the heart of humanity’s hopes for the future, and that individual creative engagement must be nurtured a central animating principle in social policy.
 

June 12th

5:30 pm Cyndy Chwelos, Cultivating the Field

"I went from being an artist who makes things,

To being an artist who makes things happen".

-Jeremy Deller

Cultivating the Field highlights the role and relationship of the artist and 'non-artist' in developing and executing creative projects in social spaces including; community centres, neighborhoods, gardens, parks and the street. Through descriptive examples, Ms. Chwelos examines the value and benefits of participatory art engagement in the field of recreation.
 
 

8:00 pm Laura Barron and Garrett Rubin, Arts of Conscience

The struggle to effectively communicate the true value of the arts has always challenged artists and advocates.   In the current climate of arts program and funding cuts, it is more important than ever to gain clarity around our messaging as artists.  Presented through the lens of Arts for Social Change, the obvious transformational benefits of this work can serve to powerfully articulate the impact of the arts in the world.   Arts of Conscience program directors, Laura Barron and Garrett Rubin share an intention to illustrate the inherent parallel sensibilities that artists and activists share.   They will discuss how both social justice workers and artists similarly contribute to positive social change.
 

 

June 13th

5:30 pm Reena Lazar, When There are no Easy Answers, What is the use in Talking?

In January 2004 more than 50 Arab, Muslim, Jewish and other Canadian volunteers gathered in Vancouver to plan the first “Peace it Together” summer program, incorporating arts, team-building and dialogue exercises, outdoor adventures and creative exploration to enable Palestinian, Israeli and local teenagers to befriend each other, learn new communication and listening skills, challenge their previously held stereotypes, and develop compassion for their “enemy.” Evolving from that that successful first event, in 2006 ten Israelis, ten Palestinians and nine Canadian teenagers were brought to the Gulf Island Film and Television School ( GIFTS) to engage in intense facilitated dialogue before dividing into small groups to create short films about the conflict. As a medium, filmmaking is intensely collaborative and creative and its product easily and broadly sharable. Filmmaking requires participants to work together from story development through to final editing. The process forces so called "enemies" to intertwine their stories into short films that present fresh and real perspectives on the conflict that have proven to be of great interest to young people in the conflict region and around the world. Hear about the award-winning project's history and current activities from its Co-Founder and Executive Director, with student project participants Tim Hall, Communication and Film studies student at Simon Fraser University, Jenni-Leigh Harder, BA, Political Science, Dialogue and Communications, Simon Fraser University; Education Professional Development Program student at Simon Fraser University Anita Hung, Political Science student at the University of British Columbia

8:00 pm Reena Lazar, Setting the Stage for the Peace it Together Films

Following up from her 5:30 presentation, Reena will provide some some stories and context surrounding the creation of the Peace it Together film screenings. There will be some opportunity for questions at the conclusion of the screenings.
 
 

June 14th

5:30 pm David Diamond, Art as the Psyche of the Living Community

Art is the psyche of the living community. Using Theatre for Living to help communities articulate their stories and engage in meaningful, action-based dialogue, David will speak about the evolution of Theatre for Living and practical applications of the work, leaving time for group discussion.
 

8:00 pm Susan Summers, The Power of Music Therapy

 
Music Therapy has worked behind the scenes for decades, bringing about astonishing transformations in health, connection, and well-being for people dealing with post-stroke rehabilitation, autism, Alzheimer's, and a broad spectrum of other domains of healing. It is quickly acquiring international primacy and recognition through substantial research evidence of its incredible efficacy as researchers provide empirical studies and evidence of its stunning efficacies.
Susan is on the faculty of the Capilano University Music Therapy program, the first of its kind to be established in Canada in 1976. She will talk about this realm of work and its phenomenal capacity to catalyze transformation.
 
 
 

June 15th

5:30 pm Susan O'Neill, Arts Matter Learning Projects: Creating Opportunities for Transformative Engagement

Arts Matter Learning Projects are collaborative initiatives that bring together young people, teachers, researchers, artists, and community members with the aim of developing a lifelong valuing of the arts, a rich and diverse awareness and understanding of the importance of the arts in people's lives, and the capacity to use artistic engagement to bring about positive social and personal change. The projects are youth-centred and involve inquiry, dialogue and reflection as both an expressive means of discovery and exploration on important issues, as well as a way of representing and communicating meanings or important "messages" about the value of the arts in people's lives and the cultural changes taking place in local and global landscapes. This talk will present findings from different projects and introduce the approaches that bring about key learning and perspective transformations through artistic engagement in ways that strengthen youth people's capacity to make a positive and creative contribution to their local community and our future world.
 

8:00 pm Sam Sullivan, Arts and the City

To close our Symposium, Vancouver's former mayor offers reflections on the way forward for the arts integer in the equation of our city's future. Sam's foundational work in a broad spectrum of initiatives, from the Disabilities Foundation to the Urban Forum and the Global Civic Salons have created dynamic opportunities for vibrant connections within and across communities. SInce the launch of the Salons in 2009 100 speakers from across all domains have presented ideas and creative expressions in fusions that spark imaginations and catalyze new initiatives.

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