Audiences swept away
The Legend of Pinocchio, the fourth original musical production
by the Centre for the Arts in Human Development, had four performances
in mid-June in the F.C. Smith Auditorium.
The script was based on the childrens classic about a puppets
quest to be a real boy. Many of the actors were participants in a unique
program of arts therapy art, music, movement and drama for
people with disabilities from readaptation centres around Montreal. Also
active in the production were students from Venture High School.
Classes of elementary schoolchildren attended the dress rehearsal, and
one teacher was moved to write a letter that said, in part, Not
one of my students had a negative comment about the play. They were swept
away by the whole presentation.
As a physically challenged teacher, I was putting myself in the
shoes of the actors and the teaching staff, studying how much organization,
evaluation and work were necessary to make the play run so smoothly.
It became very clear that drama and music are healing instruments
in the world of education. Each actor appeared strong, proud and in control.
This is due to your positive attitude and expectations.
Talent is hidden in all of us drama lets it come out. Thank
you for showing me the light.
development program celebrates a decade
In June, nearly 1,000 community workers from 287 organizations took
part in the 10th Summer Program of the Institute in Management and Community
Development, including a tenth anniversary celebration.
For a decade, the week-long bilingual Summer Program has provided busy
grassroots organizers with valuable opportunities for reflection, sharing
insights and experiences, and generating new ways to effect social change.
Sessions varied widely: how to make a video about your community organization,
how to use theatre and the Web, and effective approaches to fundraising.
Participants came from across Canada, including the North, and from such
countries as Peru, Mexico and South Africa.
Sixty-two parents involved in their childrens education through
the Third Avenue Resource Centre once again attended enthusiastically.
A ceremony will be held on the Loyola Campus in November to award them
with participation certificates.
For the first time, two bilingual two-day forums were held to focus on
social justice, environmental activism and sustainable development. Reports
on these sessions should be up on the Institutes new Web site at
Several students participated in the Summer Program for credit by way
of an Applied Human Sciences course on community development.
The Institutein Management and Community Development, which is part of
Concordias Centre for Continuing Education, also launched a leadership
project funded by Centraide. This is a one-year training program that
brings together 15 community organizers from Montreal, Longueuil and Laval
school for teachers held at Concordia
Schoolteachers need to stay current, so for 10 days in July, Concordias
Education Depart-ment held a Summer Institute on the downtown campus to
help about 55 co-operating teachers upgrade their skills.
Its our way of thanking them for allowing student teachers
to practice in their classrooms during the semester, said masters
student Susan Turner, who was coordinator of the Summer Institute.
The program, which was prepared by Concordia University student instructional
designers, provided inspirational speakers and about 35 workshops. Topics
were varioustechnology, crafts, dance, math, reading, group dynamics
and dealing with bullying were among them.
Turner is an expert in experiential learning learning through doing
and that was a strong element in the presentations. Students
are expecting to be as entertained in the classroom as they are by video
games and blockbuster movies, she explained. The only way
a teacher can compete is to challenge students with classroom experiences.