ENCUENTRO: A Popular Education Encounter
A two-day gathering to share popular education praxis
April 11-12, 2011- Room 140, HNES Building,
York University, Keele Campus
We invite you to participate in a potluck lunch
(York also has a number of restaurant and cafeteria options)
Registration is free and to register, please RSVP
MONDAY, APRIL 11
10:00 a.m. PLENARY
1. Community Mapping HNES140
This is a conference of hands-on, participatory, popular education workshops. Plenaries will be brief and as active and participatory as possible. We will begin by framing this event and then, given that popular education includes numerous participatory practices of research and knowledge-making, we will focus on the use of community mapping to get to know a little bit about who is here. Lead by Hannah Lewis and chris cavanagh.
11:00 a.m, WORKSHOPS
2. Theatre of the Oppresses: fun, form. Facilitation with Bridgid Tierney
Forum Theater takes on a lot of different forms. My experience with Forum borrows from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed that originated in Brazil.. Often dubbed “a dress rehearsal for life” this dynamic form of interactive theatre is a fun way to create strategies for the daily challenges we face in our communities and lives. This innovative form of peer education allows participants to share life skills and gain practice using strategies to address issues including sex, gender, sexuality, drugs, relationships, violence, self-esteem and intersecting forms of oppression. I see forum theater as a tool for engagement and dialogue that ties in nicely with popular education. The workshop involves games that have people getting into their bodies and moving around. In playing together and de-briefing, we can explore how these games can be useful for tools for opening spaces where new ideas can be shared and developed. This makes for a really fun and exciting form of facilitation that honours the body as a site of knowledge and can be readily applied to a wide variety of groups and contexts. Come play!!
3. Creative Action Circles: an aboriginal oral history research praxis – with J’net Cavanagh, Catalyst Centre
In this workshop J’net will introduce participants to Creative Action Circles-Cha chim hey aqulth-go the right way Indigenous Research Cycle seeks to strengthen cultural identity through an exploration of how oral teachings as research data influence modern times. Creative Action Circles generates dialogue that is turned into creative expression to honour the retelling of Indigenous oral teachings. Following the Initial Circle, Creative Action Ambassadors are trained with participatory activities to anchor discussion in strengths. The ambassador training is very focused on building participant capacity in presentation skills, events planning, theatre training, peer support skills and wellness plan. Ultimately the Creative Action Ambassadors are trained within the research cycle to inform, prepare and deliver a final creative presentation to retell oral teachings collected from the initial Creative Action Circle. Whatever is unable to be included in the final presentation is recorded in a Creative Action Map to detail areas of action the community can undertake and synchronize tasks with ongoing or future initiatives to advance strengthening cultural identity.
4. Community Mapping with Hannah Lewis
Community mapping is a diverse set of participatory methods that includes sketch mapping, asset mapping, neighbourhood mapping, cultural mapping, ah hah drawing and much more. Hannah Lewis, a recent graduate of FES researched community mapping and her exemplary work makes her a home-grown expert in the field. Leading a community food mapping project in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale, Hannah was able to develop a popular education handbook for community mapping. This workshop will share some of Hannah’s experience and practice some innovative community mapping.
2:00 p.m. WORKSHOPS
5. Mapping our media with Maryam Adrangi
Rarely do we stop and look at where our information comes from. These days media, advertisements, and information hit us from all angles and in so many different ways. In this session we will use community mapping tools to get a deeper understanding of how we as individuals get our information so that we can then look at how our communities and other communities get their information. How do we use media and a spatial understanding of information to convey our messages? To each other and our communities? To other communities? We will look at community-based media and look at how power, privilege, and/or opportunity shape our communities, and how we can dismantle some of the barriers between us and others so that we can effectively communicate together.
6. A popular education dialogue: Democracy and gentrification with Barrio Nuevo
Are you for sale? Come and join a popular dialogue on democracy. Find out how Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio in Harlem put a “NOT FOR SALE” sign in their hood. Be inspired to apply participatory democracy in your every day life.
7. Tea Time Tragedies: and how to avoid them… with Jessica Whitbread
In this workshop participants will explore how to disrupt the innocence of tea parties with critical reflection and dialogue. Together we will build on existing frameworks of community mapping to develop strategies to incorporate popular education into this much loved ritual.
Since participants will be partaking in an actual tea party, space in this workshop will be limited. A fine selection of teas will be served.
4:00 p.m. PLENARY
8. Storytelling & Popular Education – facilitated by Chris Cavanagh
Storytelling is, arguably, the oldest form of popular education, a practice which makes more space for narrative knowing than most dominant practices. But storytelling takes time. And stories are tricky. How do educators and activists use (and learn from) the wealth of stories that popular education evokes? How do we honour the abundance that is mobilized? How do we do this within often tight time constraints?
TUESDAY, APRIL 12
10:00 a.m. WORKSHOPS
9. Life Line(s): Constructing Movement Memory with Robin Buyers
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to work forward and backward from the date of their births to remember moments of repression and resistance that are intertwined in their life stories. As participants document their remembering on a collective timeline, conversations about the intersections in their life journeys with those of others will emerge, and a collective lifeline will be created.
The workshop will be hosted by Robin Buyers, faculty member in the Community Worker Program at George Brown College and member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. The Life Line(s) exercise honours Chrissy Swain, Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishnabek (Grassy Narrows) Youth Leader, from whom it takes its inspiration.
10. Bankelsang Production – A Community Arts Workshop – with CAP students
Picture storytelling is a practice and tradition that finds roots in China and other Asian nations going back over hundreds and hundreds of years. Our contemporary cinema finds surprising picture storytelling precursors in medieval German bankelsang (literally singing banners), Italian cantastoria (sung stories), and even 12th Century Japanese Buddhist kamishibai (literally “paper scrolls”). This workshop will work with a poem to create a bankelsang – several panels to tell the story of the poem. Come and be prepared to draw and paint.
11. Body Mapping with Sara Mohammed & Cassie Scott
What stories are told and which stories are silenced? Which stories and are erased from our personal “mainstream” narratives?
In this playshop we will use the tools of movement, drawing and touch to begin to explore and map our bodies and literally draw out some of the narratives found through our internal sensory (proprioceptive) experience.
The tools of this workshop will be engaged in the service of “re-membering” our bodies internal sensations, feelings and experiences—many of which have been pushed under the common sense experience of day to day or consensual reality.
We hope that through this remembering different experiences and narratives will be more accessible, and that through our collective remembering new possibilities for resistance, existence and persistence will be available to us as we confront “common sense” reality as presented through media and state narratives.
11:30 a.m. PLENARY
12. WORLD CAFÉ/ Zine Fair
A smorgasbord of popular education ‘zines and discussions and a few arts activities to boot (e.g. artist trading cards).
2:00 p.m. WORKSHOPS
13. Designing for an ideal learning environment with Katherine Ngui/Public Displays of Affection
How do material, light, furniture. And form affect popular education? At this workshop we will explore spatial qualities and build a model of an idea learning environment.
Popular educators know what difference an alternative seating arrangement can make for facilitating communication and learning. What about an alternative setting altogether? What does your ideal popular education classroom look like? Is it even a room? There is no denying that the quality of an environment has a direct effect on the people within it. During this workshop we will explore spatial qualities and work as a group to generate a set of guidelines for an ideal learning environment. We will then use the guidelines to create a physical model of what such a space might look like.
14. Road Dances: A Choreographic Experiment with Sally Morgan & Brittany Ross-Fichner
How can we dance the street? Why should we dance the street?
ROAD DANCES is a dance experiment and research project grounded in the experience of performing place; empowering individuals to understand and connect to the roads and streets they regularly visit.
An intersection of psycho-geography, cartography and improvisational dance, ROAD DANCES emphasizes the process and quality of the individuals’ experience, rather than the “artistic” product. Rather than depositing a representation, ROAD DANCES hopes to support dances that can be woven into the fabric of the street/road, the performers becoming a part of the landscape themselves.
The final outcome from this research phase will be videotaped documentation of four trial solo ROAD DANCES and the first draft of a handbook (including a ROAD DANCE score) for research/creation/implementation of a ROAD DANCE.
In the future, this handbook will be available online for the general public to download. They can then follow the guide and upload their own version of a ROAD DANCE.
15. Women of Vision with Pauline Peters, Naja Graugaard, and Cassie Scott
The Women of Vision workshop will begin with an offering of tales about women, both actual and mythic, who can be called “seers.” Stories will be told of women of vision in history, such as Harriet Tubman, and women of myth, like Vala of the Elder Eddas. These stories will be offered in the spirit of making heard the often silenced voices of women, in particular, our visions for the shaping of a better world. The workshop will begin with a storytelling performance by the facilitators. This performance will include instruments and vocal harmonies that will support the tales. This will be followed by a series of warm ups for the participants, who will then be asked to separate into small groups where they will asked to recall and offer stories of women of vision from their own lives, experiences and knowledge. The groups will then be asked to select one of their shared stories for an offering to the larger gathering. These stories can be told or presented in whatever form each group wishes. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of how we can integrate women’s vision into our lives and how it is – if it is –that our voices are silenced.
4:00 p.m. PLENARY
16. Where to go from here..? What to do next year
As we look ahead to future popular education gatherings we will share some of what we have learned of our collective map of popular education and discuss next steps for our work.
Making Paper Movies
A workshop with Ron G. Davis,
founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe
Friday, April 15, 2011
11:00 – 1:00
Palmerston Ave & Bloor St.
Picture storytelling is a practice and tradition that finds roots in China and other Asian nations going back over hundreds and hundreds of years. Our contemporary cinema finds surprising picture storytelling precursors in medieval German bankelsang (literally singing banners), Italian cantastoria (sung stories), and even 12th Century Japanese Buddhist kamishibai (literally “paper scrolls”). Ron G. Davis, found of the San Francisco Mime Troupe has practiced numerous forms of popular theatre including the production of “paper movies” – moving scrolls of paper in which stories are illustrated and brought to life with witty and pointed scripts.
In this workshop Ron will share some of his experience and he will lead some thinking, research, writing and production of a paper movie (likely to focus on the global production, marketing, distribution and consumption of the tomato; bring with you everything you know about tomatos).
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We invite you to participate in a potluck lunch after the workshop
Friday February 4 and Friday February 25 from 9:30- 4:30
DEMOCRATIC FACILITATION BY DESIGN
This popular workshop has been expanded to give you TWO FULL DAYS. Together we will explore some of the principles and practices of good workshop design and facilitation.
While it’s tempting to think that many group problems can be solved through better facilitation, many are better dealt with through effective meeting design. Design is way to ensure that group processes are just, inclusive and effective and facilitation is learning to follow a design with flexibility and imagination.
Through participatory activities you will learn new tools for design and facilitation, share issues and experiences - and have fun in the process!
The added bonus of the two day format is that you will work on designing an activity or event from your own real life experience and benefit from the insight and feedback from other participants and the facilitators.
Facilitators: chris cavanagh and Deborah Konecny
Fee: recommended $300 for the two days or Pay What You Can.
(You can read about our fee policy below – we’re serious about the PWYC – we accept all offers – assuming that enough is collectively offered to make the workshop viable.)
East York East Toronto Family Resources
947 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1J9
phone: 416-686-3390 ext. 9985