Founded in 2015, Possible Worlds is a community-driven, artist-run, woman of colour led-space, specializing in graphic art, print and electronic music. It is the independent project of Melanie Yugo and Jason Skilz.
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
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre – we work in partnership with individuals, families and communities to achieve their full potential, paying particular attention to those facing barriers to access, including those who are most vulnerable and at risk.
PINECREST-QUEENSWAY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
Somerset Street Chinatown BIA – improve, promote and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial district – known as the Ottawa Chinatown.
SOMERSET STREET CHINATOWN BIA
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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
Melanie Yugo is an educator, organizer and artist passionate about empowering citizens, particularly those who are underrepresented, with the tools and knowledge to participate in and shape cultural life in Canada. Bridging independent platforms and institutions, she is a recognized leader in cultural programming, arts-based facilitation, community engagement and network building. As a creator rooted in printmaking, graphic art and social practice, she is interested in critically addressing and reimagining representations and narratives of the « other » within the public sphere, particularly with culturally diverse, low-income and youth communities. Melanie holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in addition to completing summer studies at the School of Visual Arts. As a cultural manager, she is Co-Founder and Director of Possible Worlds, an art and music hub in Ottawa’s Chinatown, and Spins & Needles, a collective that transforms public spaces through participatory art and music experiences.
MOBILE PRINT STUDIO
Through the mediums of printmaking and publishing, artist and organizer Melanie Yugo will facilitate a mobile print studio, which will travel to different Ottawa neighbourhoods to work with community members, with a focus on youth. Together Melanie and participants will co-create prints, zines and artist books in community workshops, culminating in an exhibition that will reflect stories related to neighbourhood, place, and identity. The insights this project provides may help us envision and act on what a renewed city might look like through the eyes of everyday Ottawans, particularly the next generation.