This past June the Filmpool, along with our partners the Saskatchewan Organization of Heritage Languages (SOHL), the Regina Public Library Film Theatre and three local artists – presented Our Home, Regina, an opportunity for immigrant students ages 10 – 16 to participate in a unique multi-media workshop and exhibition project. Close to 20 very shy students from as far away as China, Bangladesh and Nigeria gathered together at the Filmpool on June 2 to begin an exciting day of photography, poetry, audio interviews and art making.
Professional photographer Thomas Bartlett provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to explore the art pf photography and was impressed with their uninhibited, natural talents. In addition, each of the participants wrote about their home country and impressions of moving to Canada, and almost all of them commented upon the weather – winters are so cold in Saskatchewan!
All of the students read their work into a sound recorder that will be broadcast on SOHL.Connection a radio show on CJTR. In addition, the students were asked to decorate their pages, and along with visual artists Kelly and Jessica Riess, produced an amazing 50 page magazine, including photography, poetry and art work, documenting their experiences.
Finally, on June 30, all the participants, as well as families and friends, were invited to the RPL Film Theater for a fun filled afternoon of film screenings, photography and social interaction. It was a wonderful wind up to an event that demonstrated not only the diversity in Regina, but also the impact and importance of art.
Thomas Bartlett, Jessica Riess, Kelly-Anne Riess