Today is the opening of the International Community Arts Festival for 2014 in Rotterdam, Holland. The Global Savages have been in the city for several days. They are “walking about”, meeting new friends and exploring new territory throughout the city. Rotterdam and all the people from around the world that call this country “home”, live with a constant awareness of water levels. They keep the sea at bay with a series of dams and dykes that are monitored by innovative systems, under the watchful gaze of their engineers. All of this ingenuity allows the country to reclaim land from the sea, plant and grow food and flowers.
Rotterdam has been an International port city for over 1200 years. Ships have passed through bringing new people and goods from all over the world. With so much diversity, a large population and very little space, the social atmosphere is colourful, accepting and curious. While the Global Savages make their way through the different parts of the city to explore and meet people, respond to the new environment and follow the things that attract them, people from all over the world step up to take a photograph, share a story and find what ever common ground emerges during the exchange.
Over the next few days there will be a flurry of community art, engagement and sharing of art practices and an overall reflection about space.
On February 12th, right in the heart of the winter, Debajehmujig Storytellers was delighted to work with our local Family Health Team in Mindemoya to host the Northern Ontario Medical School students in a day long exercise to explore communications, interviewing and identification of underlying issues that may be responsible for what the patient is presenting. Debajehmujig Animators Joe Osawabine, Bruce Naokwegijig, Jessica Wilde Peltier, Josh Peltier and Jenna Ebene fulfilled the role of live “patients”, presenting characters with multi layered and complex personal histories who would represent the social and economic ecologies of the patients they would be serving in Northern Ontario once they become Doctors.
The Canada Council for the Arts supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an Operating Grant from the Theatre Section. The Canada Council is also supporting the professional and strategic development of multi-disciplinary practice through the Integrated Arts Program
The Ontario Arts Council supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an operating grant from the Theatre Section. The Ontario Arts Council also supports the development of the 6’ Festival through the Aboriginal Arts Project Program, as well as the long term self sustainability through the Ontario Arts Investment Fund
The Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund has provided ongoing support for the professional training of Canadian Artists who are enrolled in the National Aboriginal Arts Animator Program at Debajehmujig - Storytellers
The Ontario Trillium Foundation - Province Wide Program - is supporting the groundwork, development and networking for a new multi-disciplinary community based regional festival series called ‘Cyclone’