The Vanier Community Service Centre is a unique community service hub that strives to improve the quality of life for citizens of Ottawa-Vanier, and is known for its innovative programs and grassroots approach.
This artist-in-residence project is brought together in close collaboration with VCSC’s Community Development Team that works directly with the residents to build a healthy and safe Vanier.
VANIER COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTRE
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We acknowledge that our offices are on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, stewarding the land, the water and all that contributes to life in this region. Today, many Indigenous communities continue to be denied the opportunity and resources to make and experience their traditional art on this land. We pledge to make justice and reconciliation a priority through our work by amplifying Indigenous voices and their experiences.
Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd, Suite 260
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
Renée Michaud is a North Bay, Ontario native and member of the Algonquin First Nation community. She is an emerging multidisciplinary artist, community organizer and creative entrepreneur, and the founder of Uneety Wellness and Creative Co. Gender equality, open-mindedness and empathy are important values in Renée’s work that centres around art, music, dance and dialogue to advance community-building, wellness and social causes. At the heart of her artistic offerings is individual and collective healing through creative self-expression.
Bringing her experience in communications and event coordination to this project, Renée is inspired to explore and grow her own community-engaged art practice.
Kseniya Tsoy is a new Canadian artistic producer and community-engaged artist, originally from Uzbekistan. She specializes in designing shared experiences for the public at the intersection of art, social innovation and play. The core of her socially engaged practice is the emphasis on cross-cultural and inter-generational aspects of programming revolving around creative collaboration.
For almost a decade Kseniya has been working with World Culture Open, a global network of cultural creatives, to design and produce community-engaged programs at local and international levels. After moving to Canada, she shifted her focus to public art and place-making and is now dedicated to bringing communities together through projects that make cities more artistic, vibrant and livable.
FROM A PARKING LOT TO A VIBRANT COMMUNITY HUB
From a Parking Lot to a Vibrant Community Hub is a community-engaged placemaking project that aspires to create a positive public space in Vanier. At the heart of this project is the idea of repurposing a used shipping container into a creative community space on the grounds of Vanier Community Service Centre (VCSC)’s parking lot. Inspired by VCSC’s community programs that creatively utilized the unused parking lot spaces, this project aims to create a unique community pop-up events venue that, once the world is back to normal again, will be able to host various creative projects and community gatherings to bring residents of Vanier and visitors together.
Throughout summer this project will explore the meaning of community-engaged arts in the times of physical distancing, finding innovative ways to involve the residents in the process of co-creation and building connection to their community and each other.