ABOUT

Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual, and mental well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, and questioning youth and adults 14-25. Through advocacy and education, using a harm reduction approach, Project 10 aims to facilitate the empowerment of youth at individual, community, and institutional levels with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals and groups who experience multiple and intersecting oppressions. Services are free of charge, confidential and anonymous, and are offered in English and French.

In line with its mandate and long-term vision, Project 10 is committed to addressing the needs of QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth in and around Montreal. Spaces, programs, and resources that centre the lived experiences and realities of QTBIPOCs in the city are scarce, which prevent the youth from finding support, community, mentorship, and a sense of history.

Our Bodies, Our Stories is an inter-generational, youth led, creation- and performance-based program that seeks to empower QTBIPOC youth by offering:

– training in creative media and performance
– opportunities for performances, exhibits and art showcases

– development of leadership skills
– opportunities for inter-generational conversations
– connections to mentors, art centres and performance spaces
– site visits
– opportunities for arts-based, community-based and archival research

 

In doing this project, we will document and archive our process and disseminate our art, work and research online and in print. We thus hope to honour the work of our elders, of our communities who have a rich and long history of creative resistance, and to leave a legacy for the future generations.

The project is free and meals/snacks and STM tickets will be provided to participants in all of our programming.

CORE VALUES:

– Our work is located in local history, in community, in the details and rituals that make up the everyday lives of queer and trans people of the colour in and around Montreal.
– We centre approaches and practices that speak directly to our lived experiences, our struggles, our languages, our bodies, our stories.
– We believe that exploration of the self and a stronger understanding of our own selves within their intersecting identities are crucial to developing our creative and leadership potential.
– We break down barriers between story and history, between art and activism, between high and popular culture, between teaching and learning.
– We believe in the continuum of relationship development, between and among art spaces, community organizations, youth, elders, and other supporters.
– We centre accessibility, anti-oppression and harm-reduction in our work.
– We centre truth, integrity and the imagination in our work. We believe that these values are key to individual and collective emancipation.CONTACT: For any queries, please email the Artistic Director and Project Coordinator of Our Bodies, Our Sories, Kama La Mackerel: kama@p10.qc.ca

This project is made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Support Program, the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Jeunes Queer Youth Program and Fondation Béati.

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APPLY FOR THE 2018-19 PROGRAM

Our Bodies, Our Stories is Project 10’s creation and performance training and mentorship program for QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth aged 18-25 and living in and around Montreal. The training is FREE and is aimed at youth with an interest in developing their skills in writing, performance, self- and community-development and leadership.

The program will run from mid-September 2018 to end of June 2019. We seek to bring together a cohort of QTBIPOC youth who will benefit from group and individual training and mentorship. The program will empower the participants to develop their exploration of self and community, to cultivate their creative writing and creative processes, to earn training in performance, to build inter-generational community connections, and to develop their leadership.

Who is the program for?

Youth aged 18-25 who self-identify as QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black Indigenous, People of Colour), who have an interest in writing (poetry, theatre, fiction, non-fiction etc.), performance (story-telling, theatre, acting, dance, spoken word, slam, drag), and who are interested in developing their creative and leadership skills.

What will participants learn in this program?

– Participants will be offered training in creative writing, script development, acting, story-telling, performance, body-based work and avoice.
– Participants will develop creative material that seeks to engage their lived experiences, their identities, their relationship to the body, space, time, memory, ancestry and community.
– Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own original work and will be offered mentorship to develop a performance or multi-media piece that will be presented to the public in May 2019.
– Participants will create and share their ideas in a fun and supportive community setting where they will learn about the work of other QTBIPOC artists in the city, and make new friends! There will be some site visits to shows and venues, and the program will connect the participants to a larger network of Montreal art and performance scenes.

How is the program structured?

There will be weekly group workshops as well as individual sessions offered to the participants. The weekly workshops will take place either on Tuesday or on Wednesday evenings (6-9PM), with some scheduled full-day workshops on Sundays once a month, and regular scheduled site visits to galleries, art studios and shows.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE! We provide warm meals and snacks at every workshop and will offer STM tickets for participants to attend the training.

In which language will the program be?

Our Bodies, Our Stories will be held predominantly in English. Participants are invited to develop material in other languages, but the bulk of the training itself would be in English.

You want to apply but you are not sure you have the necessary skills and experience?

Our Bodies, Our Stories is specifically designed for QTBIPOC youth who have little opportunity for professional arts, media and performance training. You’ve done some high school theatre and you always wanted to write your own story and perform it? You have read your poetry at an open mic but you are not sure you are a performer? You recently started making art and you are passionate about it? THEN APPLY!

The form is also available below!

You have other questions or queries?

Please let us know by writing to the project coordinator: kama@p10.qc.ca

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WHO WE ARE

Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual, and mental well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, and questioning youth and adults 14-25. Through advocacy and education, using a harm reduction approach, Project 10 aims to facilitate the empowerment of youth at individual, community, and institutional levels with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals and groups who experience multiple and intersecting oppressions. Services are free of charge, confidential and anonymous, and are offered in English and French.

Kama La Mackerel, Project Coordinator & Artistic Director

Kama La Mackerel  is a tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based performer, writer, story-teller, arts facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resistance and/or healing for marginalized communities. Using photography, ​poetry​, textiles, performance and digital arts, Kama’s work is both deeply personal and political, articulating an anti-colonial praxis through cultural production. Kama is the co-founder of Qouleur, an annual arts festival and healing space by and for queer and trans artists of colour, and the founder & host of GENDER B(L)ENDER, Montréal’s monthly queer open stage, and they are the Artistic Director of The Artists Mentoring Youth (AMY) Project’s Performance Poetry Program for trans women and femmes.  

kama@p10.qc.ca

Community Partners

Jeunes Queer Youth

Vallum Magazine of Contemporary Poetry

Sisters in Motion

Rap Battles for Social Justice

QPIRG-McGill

This project is made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Support Program, the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Jeunes Queer Youth Program and Fondation Béati.

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SUPPORT

Do you believe in our project and want to support us? Feel free to get in touch by writing to kama@p10.qc.ca or by calling 514-989-0001. We offer charity tax receipts for financial donations, and we’re super open to in-kind donations particularly art material (fabric, paper, paints etc.) and access to rehearsal spaces spaces. You can make monetary donations through this link. Choose “Our Bodies, Our Stories” as specific fund. 

If there is a workshop that you want to lead with the youth, get in touch as well!

We are also looking for QTBIPOC volunteers to help us run the program. You are a QTBIPOC who is seeking community? You want to hang out with youth? You want to make art? You want to learn new skills? You want to contribute to the long-term vision of this project? Then volunteer with us!

Volunteers will accompany the youth through workshops and site visits, and there will be opportunity to be offered training in harm reduction, active listening, arts facilitation, as well as other training (finance, outreach, fundraising etc.). Volunteers will be able to participate in creative development workshops alongside participants!

If you want to volunteer, please fill this form:

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(À PART)TENIR: UN FESTIVAL D’ARTS QTBIPOC

(à part)tenir

un festival d’arts par et pour QTBIPOC du 11 au 19 août, 2018 à tio’tia:ke/Montréal

poster - (be) longing - English

(à part)tenir est un festival d’arts QTBIPOC inter-générationel avec et pour les communautés QTBIPOC de Montréal et d’ailleurs.

À travers (à part)tenir, nous souhaitons créer un espace utopien temporaire dans lequel les communautés QTBIPOC peuvent imaginer un futur où nous pouvons nous épanouir dans nos coeurs, nos esprits et nos corps sans que notre survivance ne soit menacée par la discrimination et la haine.

(à part)tenir a pour but de donner à nos communautés le contrôle de leurs histoires, leur art, leurs vérités et leur futur. Rassemblant un programme diversifié qui s’étendra sur 10 jours, (à part)tenir est un exercice de l’imagination, la réalisation d’une vision collective de futurs QTBIPOC où nous reformulons ce que ça veut dire de vivre dans une ère post-coloniale.

À travers ce festival, nous recherchons la justice, la guérison (“healing”), nous recherchons notre empowerment individuel et collectif. Nous explorons les thèmes et sujets qui font partie de notre quotidien afin d’imaginer un avenir utopique. Nous interrogeons la perte des diasporas, la violence coloniale, les terres imaginées, l’aliénation culturelle, etc. en lien avec nos expériences sexuelles et genrées en tant que personnes queer et/ou trans. À travers ce festival, nous voulons aussi approfondir notre compréhension des histoires de ces terres et honorer les gardien.ne.s traditionel.le.s de ces territoires.

(à part)tenir est une collaboration entre Project 10, Our Bodies, Our Stories: a qtbipoc arts mentorship program, articule et SistersInMotion MTL

Horaire des évènements:

Workshop: WHEN TRAUMA SPEAKS THE BONES: A HEALING WORKSHOP FOR WARRIOR POETS with Kai Cheng Thom, co-présenté avec Sisters In Motion (en anglais seulement/in English only)
Samedi, 11 août, 12-5pm
Lieu: Métro Laurier
Cet atelier est non-mixte: seule les personne s’identifiant comme QTBIPOC peuvent y assister
Plus d’infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/206731723308297/

Atelier: ENTRETENIR LA TERRE, S’ENTRETENIR SOI-MÊME avec Dona La Luna
Lundi, 13 août, 5-7pm
Lieu: Jardins Cra-Terre, 6700 Avenue Durocher, Outremont, QC H2V 3Z3
Cet atelier est ouvert à tousses
Plus d’infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/244413359616629/

Spectacle de poésie: NUIT DE LA POÉSIE POUR LA FIERTÉ À KAFEIN
Mardi, 14 août, 7pm-3am
Lieu: Kafein café-bar, 1429A, rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3F 2E4
Plus d’infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/497901153997079/
Ce spectacle est ouvert à tousses, mais nous priorisons les personnes LGBTQ+ pour performer sur scène.

Atelier: MASC4MASC: COMPLIQUER LA « MASCULINITÉ TOXIQUE » AVEC LES ENJEUX RACIAUX ET LA NON-CONFORMITÉ AU GENRE avec root et Naja
Jeudi, 16 août, 6-8pm
Lieu: articule 262 Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2V 2G3
Cet atelier est non-mixte: seules les personnes qui s’identifient comme BIPOC et comme trans et non-conforme dans le genre peuvent y assister
Plus d’infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/1854195911360361/

Atelier: LANCER DES SORTS DIGITAUX: ÉNONCER SES INTENTIONS AVEC LES DONNÉES avec Liane Décary-Chen
Vendredi, 17 août, 4-5:30pm
Lieu: articule 262 Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2V 2G3
Cet atelier est ouvert à tousses.
Plus d’infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/256922901577979/

Panel d’honneur: CE QUI NOUS APPARTIENT ET CE QUI NOUS RETIENT
Vendredi, 17 août, 6:30-9pm
Lieu: articule 262 Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2V 2G3
Ce panel est ouvert à tousses.
Plus d’infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/1933519046737717/

UTOPIES QTBIPOC ET DÉFILÉ DE MODE EXTRAVAGANZA!
Samedi, 18 août, 7:30 – 10:30pm
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/498061690645316/
Cet évènement est ouvert à toussEs, mais seules les personnes s’identifiant comme QTBIPOC peuvent être modèles
Location: Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2nd floor), 2450 Rue Workman, Montreal, QC H3J 1L8

PIQUE-NIQUE COMMUNAUTAIRE QTBIPOC
Dimanche, 19 août, 2-8pm
Lieu: Parc Jarry
Cet évènement est fermé non-mixte: seule les personne s’identifiant comme QTBIPOC peuvent y assister
Plus d’info: https://www.facebook.com/events/220132395495217/

Accessibilité:

– La galerie d’articule est accessible en fauteuil roulant. Il y a une rampe à l’entrée du bâtiment. La salle de bain est partiellement accessible aux personnes en fauteuil roulant; veuillez noter aussi qu’il n’y a qu’une barre de soutien.
– Des compagnons de marche seront présent.e.s pour vous accompagner à l’aller et au retour de tous les évènements de façon sécuritaire. Veuillez envoyer un courriel à summer.obos@p10.qc.ca pour demander l’aide d’un.e compagnon de marche.
– Si vous avez besoin de gardiennage d’enfants, laissez-nous savoir au moins *48 heures* d’avance en envoyant un courriel à: summer.obos@p10.qc.ca
– Il y aura des bénévoles présent.e.s à tous les ateliers et au panel pour faire de la traduction chuchotée.
– Il y aura des bénévoles présent.e.s à tous les évènements pour faire de l’écoute active.
– Il y aura des jouets aidant au stress à tous les évènements. Nous demandons à tous.te.s de remettre ces jouets dans la boîte assignée à cet effet quand vous n’en ferez plus usage.
– Il y aura de la nourriture et des breuvages.
– Coût: nos évènements sont gratuits pour tous.te.s. Si vous voulez faire un don, nous aurons une boîte de dons à l’entrée et vous pouvez aussi soutenir le programme en faisant un don ici: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/id/80461/ (sélectionner Our Bodies, Our Stories)