In 2000, I was selected by Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium – to be part of a nation wide project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. I collaborated with Real Art Ways in Parkville, Connecticut and the Senior Center of Parkville. Together we developed a range of creative projects including a gallery installation, a multi-media quilt (and a real quilt) and we produced nine short video portraits, Parkville Portraits, that were screened before feature films in the Real Art Ways Cinema. The portraits were also projected on buildings throughout the community and the project was featured on NPR.
Ka Mamukanit was an intensive professional program for youth aged 16 to 35 wanting to get back into the work force. As a part of this program, Liz Miller with Giuliana Cucinelli and Sundus Abdul Hadi of CUTV offered a course in media skills including photography, sound recordings, and video production and editing.
“Mapping Memories: Digital Media Workshop” was a ten week course that took place at Cote-des-Neiges Youth Center in Fall 2008. The course trained youth with refugee experience in video, peer interviews and digital imaging. The resulting short video, “Mapping Memories: Youth Media Workshops” documents the process. The course was a collaboration between Maison des jeunes Côte-des-neiges, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and “Mapping Memories.”
This oral history/community media art project is a collaborative project involving forty university-based researchers and community co-applicants as well as eighteen community partners who have come together to collect stories of five hundred Montreal residents displaced by mass violence. I coordinated the Refugee Youth working group.