Have a look at some of the awesome projects Rizome has done in previous years!
Respect Revolution Letters
In February 2012, we engaged members of the community in writing subversive love letters that explore how love is linked to social justice and anti-violence. We wanted to show that Valentines day doesn’t have to just be a day for consumerist card buying and self hate on the part of those who are single. So we set up set up stations at coffee shops and on UVic campus early in February and asked people to write alternative love letters, and they did, over 200 letters were created. Two thousand copies of these letters were made and hidden by all over the city right before febuary 14th for people to find and enjoy.
You can see the letters on the project blog: http://revolutionletters.wordpress.com/
This project was covered by the Times Colonist and Monday Magazine
Over the 2011-2012 school year, we created a short film, called The Imperfection Project, exploring the silencing of young women’s experiences of sexuality and violence. Youth had fun story boarding, filming, acting and directing this film with the support of local non-profit media organization MediaNet and local filmmaker Kirk Schwartz. Overall, more than 25 young people from diverse contexts were involved in creating the vision for and producing this film. To complete the film, a smaller team of youth came together to write a powerful collective spoken word piece, excerpts from which form the soundtrack of the film.
In June 2012, we launched the film, as well as a showcase of all of the youth participant’s social actions at Solstice Café. At the launch, the youth team and Project Respect facilitators also presented their collective spoken word piece, answered questions from the audience, and facilitated a World Café to engage the community in discussions about gender-based violence prevention. It was an evening of meaningful dialogue building long-lasting community connection.
Rhizome 2012: Youth-led Social Action Camp
Building on the success of the 2011/2012 Respect Revolution Campaign, in August 2012 we held a week-long day camp called Rhizome: Youth-led Social Action Camp to engage more young people living diverse realities to develop youth-led social actions that address gender-based sexualized violence in their communities. 16 youth ages 14 through 19 (3 of which were involved in the previous year’s social action projects took on facilitation roles) from across Greater Victoria came together for 5 days of theatre screen-printing, dance, body mapping and other mediums of exploration. On the fifth day of the camp, the youth put on a community share to engage 30 community members of all ages (from 5 to 65 years old) in using dance and theatre to better understand sexualized violence and how we can work together in community to prevent it.
Community Mural Project
This year, Project Respect partnered with the Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria, antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls’ and Women’s Network, and Heart and Hands Health Collective to do a youth-led, community-based anti-violence mural project. Over four amazing months, this diverse team of youth explored how interlocking forms of violence are happening in our communities, looked at the root causes of this violence, and took action using street art as a way to resist violence and create inclusive space in downtown Victoria. Graffiti artists Remia Wong (Project Respect youth leader) and Cameron Kidd (community art facilitator) supported this youth team to create a bright, colourful, and inspiring mural on the side of Heart and Hands Health Collective on Cormorant Street as well as the wall of the adjacent building.
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