Winter 2010 Workshops

The DLP is back in action with a full schedule of workshops! We've grown our programming to include several new partnerships and events!

Partner organizations include CFAD, Head and Hands Young Parents Program, Y des Femmes, James Lyng High School, Cote-des-Neiges Black Community Association, RECLAIM Literacy Council and Innovation Jeunes.

This January the DLP began a video workshop series with a new partner organization, the Children’s Community Action Program (PACE). The PACE program, run through CFAD (Continuité-Famille Auprès des Détenues et Ex-détenues), brings kids together for activities and meals every Sunday. Video artist Erin Corbett has integrated her high energy, interactive video workshops with their regular programming, engaging the youth in motion, sound, storytelling and interview activities. The PACE program will screen their final videos both at the DLP Wrap Party and a special PACE Family Event this spring.

The Y des Femmes Montreal has recently partnered with the DLP. With the help of visual artist and web designer Riaz Mehmood, youth facilitators from the Y des Femmes are learning the language of web design and creating their own unique blogs.

The DLP is excited to be working with the Cote-des-Neiges Black Community Association, in connection with their program to develop youth employability skills. Riaz Mehmood, is leading the group through the process of designing and constructing their own blogs.

Our partnership with James Lyng High School has continued this winter in the form of blogging workshops for students. Multi-disciplinary artist and McGill Library and Information Studies Masters student Ryan Hughes, will facilitate an exciting foray into the world of online self-publishing using free blogging platforms.

The DLP welcomes back Head and Hands Young Parents Program(YPP) for a second workshop in digital photography and photo manipulation. Using all new equipment, the participants from the YPP have already learned about camera functions, composition, and have been taking their own tableau photographs at the YPP space. Later this March participants are visiting the library for three workshops in Photoshop, with the end goal of creating their own YPP photo-zines! The workshops are co-facilitated by Jessica Thatcher and Robin Kelley.

Web designer and DLP facilitator extraordinaire Jon Lebensold is back at the library for his third web design workshop series, this time in partnership with youth from Innovation Jeunes. Jon will be teaching the youth about basic web design and helping participants create a blog about the Innovation Jeunes eco-art installation set to take place in Downtown Montreal this spring!

Participants from RECLAIM Literacy were back at the library for part two of their video workshop series. Taking place over three full days in the month of February, video artist Eric Craven took past participants to a new level of filming and video editing with these intensive workshops.

Fall Workshops 2009

This fall’s series of Digital Literacy workshops are fast approaching! The DLP will be working with both new and returning youth and literacy organizations this October and November, on a variety of exciting new media projects.

This spring the peer educators of Head and Hands Sense Project worked with previous Diglital Literacy Project coordinator Miriam Verburg to create an awesome documentary that looks at attitudes towards sex education and sexual health. We will continue working with Head and Hands this fall, this time in connection with Jeunesse 2000, the youth programming and Drop-In Centre.

We’re also excited to continue working with students from James Lyng High School. James Lyng High School. Students will work with Lynn Worrell, a video and multimedia artist on a video project. Lynn has a great relationship with James Lyng having done a number of previous projects with them, including a project on hip-hop and literacy.

The volunteers from W.O.R.D (Writing Our Rhymes Down), an organization which teaches literacy through hip hop, will be participating in a web design workshop with facilitator Jon Lebensold, where they will gain valuable skills that can be integrated into W.O.R.D’s curriculum, as well as create and construct and independently maintain an official website for W.O.R.D. Montreal.

The DLP is excited to be working with Project 10 for the first time! Youth from Project 10’s drop-in program will be participating in an exciting web design workshop, facilitated by Montreal web designer Angela Gabereau. The workshops will focus on basic web design and management skills, with the end goal of conducting a much needed revamp of Project 10’s website!

Reclaim Literacy has been tutoring adult learners at the Atwater Library for several years. Earlier this year, Reclaim members participated in ‘Making Oral History Digital: Oral Stories and Literacy’, an audio recording workshop series. Reclaim will again be working with the Digital Literacy project this fall, this time putting their stories to moving images in a video workshop by Eric Craven.