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.

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

This project is made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Support Program.

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APPLY FOR THE FALL/WINTER 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 from mid-November to end-April, with a multi-media art showcase at the end of April. 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.

NOTE: The Fall/Winter orientation dinner will be on November 15, 6pm!

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 visual and digital arts, performance (story-telling, theatre, acting, dance, spoken word, slam, drag), and who are interested in developing their creative 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 or multi-media piece that will be presented to the public in April 2018.
– 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 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 workshops will take place on weekday evenings (6-9PM), with some scheduled weekend site visits to galleries, art studios and shows.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE! We will be providing 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

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 resilience, resistance and healing for marginalized communities. Kama has worked extensively in the community sector and has developed training and research on anti-oppression, anti-racism, decolonization, consensus and facilitation, and she has a profound passion for community-based arts practices. Kama is co-founder of the Qouleur Festival (2012-15), an arts festival by and for QTBIPOCs, the founder and host of GENDER B(L)ENDER (2013-ongoing), Montréal’s unique monthly queer open stage, and she is 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

This project is made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Official Languages Support Program.

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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: