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nsjf 2011: Thank You & Photos from the Forum!

A big, warm, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended and participated in the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum. We, the 2011 NSJF committee, hope everyone who was involved in the pre-forum organizing and hosted/participated in a workshop, art series, performance and/or panel on April 9th had a spectacular experience. THANK YOU again for being an instrumental part of the forum and social justice as a whole.

See you next year 🙂
And if you are interested in hosting a workshop, panel, art series and/or performance at the 2012 Niagara Social Justice Forum please visit our website in the fall for information about submissions.
All the best,
2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum Committee

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nsjf 2011: ART SPACE

ART SPACE at the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum
Art in relation to marginalized communities and social justice has a long, complex and radical history. The committee of the Niagara Social Justice Forum honours this history and is committed to the concept of ‘art as a tool of social justice’. We are thus excited to have 3 distinct art series be presented at this years forum.

Each series is vital to the discussion of social justice and touch on complex issues that ultimately interconnect (as all issues do).

Below is information about each series that will be displayed in Pond Inlet from 9am – 4pm during the 2011 forum. We hope these small teasers will excite you to see all of the work live and get you thinking about your own participation in art as a tool for social justice.

Top Row: tapestry about homelessness by tina hjorngaard.
Middle Row: photos from Art to Help Save Pigs 
left: photo by Kevin Weil and right: Caged Pig by Dirk Giesselmann.
Bottom Row: photos from OUTWords –
left: photo by Sarah-Lee Umraugh and right: photo by Sofia Guerrieri.

COMMUNITY and HOMELESSNESS
an art project by tina hjorngaard, Ryerson social work student
Artist Statement: “I have created a communicative quilt through a participatory research project on homelessness. The end result is a work comprised of visual depictions of the meaning of ‘home’ from the perspectives of people with lived experiences of home-lessness in and around the greater Toronto area.”

ART to HELP SAVE PIGS
curated by SJES 5P70 student Ian Purdy

Artist Statement: “Art to Help Save Pigs is an initiative of the Toronto Pig Save collective. The multimedia art exhibit aims to promote animal rights and veganism by highlighting the plight of pigs and other “farm animals” heading to Toronto’s slaughterhouses by showing both what is and what is possible in our relationship with these complex creatures.”

For more info about Art to Help Save Pigs visit: http://torontopigsave.wordpress.com

OUTWords: A free program brought to you by The People Project (Toronto) mashing up media arts, leadership, queer-stories and current issues from around the world to fuel an OUTWords movement of young Spectrum LGBTTQQ2SIA* leaders.
participating artists: Anna Belayev, Javier Cacheiro, Heidi Cho, Sofia Guerrieri, Romeo Pierre, Gabriela Rodriguez, and Sarah-Lee Umraugh.

OUTWords is an intensive arts and leadership program for spectrum youth primarily between 17 and 21.  Participants have access to art, readings, videos, and activities that explore LGBTTQQ2SIA* histories and issues. The program encourages critical thinking, creative expression and collective advocacy.

The People Project is a collective and social enterprise dedicated to the practice and engagement of people empowerment for social change. Founded by youth leaders Kim Crosby and Natalyn Tremblay, The People Project works closely with Toronto’s LGBT youth community providing innovative and participatory arts and leadership programs and projects.

For more info about OUTWords and/or The People Project contact:  info@thepeopleproject.ca or visit: http://www.thepeopleproject.ca

*LGBTTQQ2SIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited, Intersex and Asexual.

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nsjf 2010: Photos of the Forum!

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nsjf 2009: Schedule

3rd Annual Niagara Social Justice Forum
Saturday, April 4, 2009.
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Pond Inlet, Brock University
FREE ADMISSION!  ALL WELCOME!

And new this year! Cycle to the Forum as part of a bike pool!
Details: Gather at 8:00 am at Westchester and Glenridge.
Wear a helmet and dress for visibility.
Organized by Garden City Alliance for Sustainable Transportation.

2009 Schedule of activities includes:

Workshops:
– Nothing about us without us! ‘Photovoice’ as research & community development method
– Healing in Aboriginal nations
– Faculty for Palestine
– Arts Education and Social Justice: The Beautiful Women Project
– Migrant Workers in Niagara
– Finding Home: Working with LGBTQ Newcomer Youth
– Social Justice in the Classroom: A Diversity of Perspectives
– A featured performance of Tomson Highway’s “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing
AND!
Art exhibits
Information tables
Music
Food

Also! Check out our evening coffee house!
Doors open 6:30.
‘Pay what you can’ donation
Live music, poetry and art!
Proceeds go to the artists.

The evening coffee house is hosted by the graduate students in Social Justice and Equity Studies, in partnership with Strega Café.
(Strega Café is located at 19 King Street, Downtown St. Catharines).

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