MA VOIX / MY VOICE
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The Two Parts:
The first part consists of a workshop on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2020 and is led by a facilitator from Ensemble pour le respect de la diversité as well as muralist artist, Jimmy Baptiste. The workshop will feature Montreal's very own DJ Sugarface Bell Fo with some groovy live spinning.
Young participants joining from the comfort of their own homes will be encouraged to do a conscious act of kindness, with emphasis on facilitating intercultural dialogue and creating artwork, in the medium of their choice, that is inspired by their experience. The workshop promotes art-making, empathy and acts of kindness as tools towards a more inclusive, peaceful, and harmonious society welcoming diversity.
The program’s second part occurring on October 17th, 2020 will be a publicly accessible virtual-exhibition on Yellow Pad Sessions’ Instagram page and website showcasing these works of art.
Featured Artists and Partners
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Jimmy Baptiste is a youth facilitator, graphic artist and curator, raised in Montréal, Quebec. His work is inspired by tattoos, graffiti, mangas, which helped him craft his unique aesthetic style and compelling high quality illustrations In the last 10 years, Jimmy has been working as facilitator for the city of Montréal and various schools across the city of Montréal. He facilitated street art contemporary activities aimed at empowering and building up the sense of self worth through the arts.
In 2015, Jimmy received the P. Lantz Bursar as an artist-in-residence from McGill University. There, he collaborated with local community organizations, McGill Faculty of Education students and teachers to offer free artistic workshops with an emphasis on engaging teaching in a non-formal setting. Jimmy has also been invited as a guest speaker for various art educational talks and documentaries for Under Pressure Graffiti Convention, McGill University and Save the Children/WE DAY.
DJ Sugarface Bell Fo
Born and raised in Montreal, this Egyptian & Portuguese lovechild is inspired by ancestral drumming and funky basslines, playing music from afro latin house to psychedelic funk and soul. In 2017, she co-founded, “Flat Cola Presents”, a weekly radio show on CJLO 1690 AM dedicated to showcasing female DJs. Flat Cola has now grown into a non-profit initiative supporting female DJs from around the world, including “International Women’s DJ”, an international live streaming event that showcased female DJs from Montreal, Miami, and Mexico City for International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2020.
Sugarface Bell Fo aka Kelly Belfo is also World Music Director at CJLO 1690 AM and has recently curated “One World”, a week-long online radio festival showcasing talented Montreal DJs & producers specializing in world music.
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Ensemble Pour Le Respect De La Diversité
Since 1995, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity has evolved into a key player and expert in the field of diversity education across the province. ENSEMBLE has worked to create links and dialogue between various communities across the province of Quebec through the implementation of a variety of projects, including but not limited to, theatre performances and the production of pedagogical tools. Furthermore, the well-known Tolerance Caravanhas been offered in schools across the province for over 16 years. These workshops address issues related to social-harmony and respect for all diversity: gender, sexual orientation, religion, social condition, skin color, etc.
ENSEMBLE is a registered non-profit organization, working with community members' involvement to challenge ongoing instances of mistreatment and injustice as well as raise awareness about the problems that stereotypes and prejudices create in our schools and greater communities. Together, we will continue to work towards a more open and inclusive society, free of discrimination and bullying.
Peace Days 2020
In 1981, the United Nations declared September 21st to be the International Day of Peace. The day provides an opportunity to highlight and encourage the development of projects and initiatives aimed at creating a kinder, more peaceful and more harmonious society. Since 2015, the Peace Network for Social Harmony has had the pleasure of coordinating Montreal’s Peace Days celebration, including events on the International Day of Peace itself (Sept 21).
We feel privileged to work with so many wonderful partners in this initiative, including those from the community, cultural, educational, and philanthropic sectors. These partners organize an array of activities each year that enable Montrealers to contemplate and take concrete action for peace. The Peace Network assembles these activities under the banner of Peace Days; it is a special moment on the calendar to highlight the peace builders of our city and their tremendous initiatives.
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