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.

Project 10’s new initiative is an inter-generational, youth led, arts-based program that seeks to empower QTBIPOC youth by offering:

– training in creative media and the arts
– 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.

TIMELINE:

Our Bodies, Our Stories is the first iteration of a QTBIPOC youth summer performance training program. The program will run between July to mid-September, 2017 and will culminate in a public performance on August 26 and 27. Our Bodies, Our Stories will act a a pilot summer project based on which we will design a longer term project between in the fall of 2017.

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 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 integrity and the imagination in our work.CONTACT:

For any queries, please email the project coordinator, Kama La Mackerel, kama@p10.qc.ca

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APPLY FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM!

Our Bodies, Our Stories is Project 10’s new arts and performance training and mentorship program for QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) youth aged 16-24 and living in and around Montreal. The training is FREE and is aimed at youth with an interest in developing their skills in performance, arts and leadership.

The program will run for 10 weeks from July to mid-September, with a performance showcase on August 26 and 27. 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 artistic material, gain performance skills, build inter-generational community connections and develop their leadership.

Who is the program for?

Youth aged 16-24 who self-identify as QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black Indigenous, People of Colour), who have an interest in performance (story-telling, theatre, acting, dance, spoken word, slam, drag) who are interested in developing their stage skills.

What will participants learn in this program?

– Participants will be offered training in creative writing, script development, acting, story-telling, body-based work, theatre techniques and voice.
– Participants will develop material that seeks to engage their lived experiences, their identities, their relationship to the body, space, time, memory and ancestry.
– Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own original work and will be offered mentorship to develop a performance piece that will be presented to the public on August 26-27.
– Participants will get to create and share their ideas in a fun and supportive community setting where they will get to 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 queer performance scenes.

How is the program structured?

There will be weekly group workshops as well as individual sessions offered to the participants. The workshops will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with some weekend rehearsal and weekend site visits towards the end of the program. Part of the program also includes attending Project 10’s summer camp weekend on July 21-23.

How much does it cost?

The program is free! We will be providing food/snacks at every workshop and 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 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 performing 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

Kama La Mackerel is a tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based performer, writer, poet, story-teller, and community arts facilitator whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resistance and/or healing for marginalized communities. Kama has worked extensively in the community sector and has developed material and training on anti-oppression, anti-racism, decolonization, consensus and facilitation, while facilitating arts-based practices through community practices. 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 & hostess of GENDER B(L)ENDER, Montréal’s monthly queer open stage.

kama@p10.qc.ca

Community Partners

(coming soon)

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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.

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: