Com­mu­nity Art Pro­ject Brings Peo­ple To­gether

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke, Lennoxville

Over a year ago, Up­lands Cul­tural and Her­itage Cen­tre launched a Col­lec­tive Art Pro­ject called: “Melt­ing Pot Mo­saic”. Thanks to a grant from Cana­dian Her­itage and the gen­er­ous in­volve­ment of The Dixville Home Inc., we have held three group work­shops in the last year and are hop­ing to suc­cess­fully com­plete two more be­fore the end of 2013. That is why Up­lands is ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to any and all Town­ship­pers to par­tic­i­pate in this ini­tia­tive. Start­ing on Mon­day, Septem­ber 30th, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm we will have weekly ses­sions (for a to­tal of six weeks). Par­tic­i­pa­tion is to­tally FREE of charge, and re­quires no ex­pense other than a com­mit­ment to at­tend for six weeks.

True to its name, the Melt­ing Pot Mo­saic Pro­ject strives to reach peo­ple at a va­ri­ety of lev­els in or­der to in­volve them in a com­mon goal. The most di­rect level of in­volve­ment is par­tic­i­pa­tion in the art work­shop. Through this series of classes, peo­ple from all walks of life are in­vited into one space to share in a com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence and goal. Each par­tic­i­pant is given the ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate two mo­saic projects. One of these projects, is theirs to keep and will be dis­played dur­ing a group ex­hibit in the sum­mer of 2014. The other projects will be do­nated to the Melt­ing Pot Mo­saic Pro­ject and will be mounted to­gether into a series of mu­rals which will be avail­able to ex­hibit in our re­gion. This level of in­volve­ment ex­tends to Lo­cal Busi­nesses, Or­ga­ni­za­tions and In­sti­tu­tions, who will be in­vited to host a Mu­ral for short or long term du­ra­tions al­low­ing them to be­come a part of our lo­cal her­itage and cul­ture. The third level of in­volve­ment is through do­na­tion. Since most of the ma­te­ri­als (bro­ken dishes, jew­elry, games pieces etc.) are given to us, peo­ple through­out the re­gion will be able to iden­tify pieces of their own per­sonal his­tory in these mu­rals. This multi-faceted com­mu­nity in­volve­ment will al­low res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of ways, ex­tend­ing the pro­ject to reach far be­yond the work­shops them­selves.

We hope to gen­er­ate in­ter­est and en­thu­si­asm for this col­lec­tive art pro­ject and al­low it to reach as many mem­bers of our com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble, in or­der to cre­ate a shared ex­pe­ri­ence. If you are in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing ma­te­ri­als, ex­hibit­ing a mu­ral, par­tic­i­pat­ing or just learn­ing more about the pro­ject, please don’t hes­i­tate to visit our web­site: www.up­lands.ca or the Face­book Page: Mo­saique Melt­ing Pot Mo­saic. You can also e-mail us at: up­lands@up­lands.ca or call: (819)564-0409.

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Up­lands Mu­seum be­gan hold­ing free, weekly art work­shops, on Mon­day, that are open to all Town­ship­pers.

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