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Inter-Cultural Arts

PEER POWER VIDEO PROJECT

Calling For Seven Male Youth Participants

Project Description: The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) is looking to produce 7 creative viral video ʻshortsʼ on sexism, sexualized violence towards women, consent, and the role young men must play in affecting social change!

What: We are looking for seven young men to develop story ideas and produce videos in a Victoria studio with a professional crew during March Spring break, March 16 – 22. There will also be a Script Workshop held on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Who: This competition is open to young men in the Victoria CRD between the ages of 14 –18. Looking for youth with ideas, enthusiasm, commitment & who are team players.

Send a one-page description on why you want to be involved to: Paulina Grainger, ICA Arts & Outreach Coordinator, pgrainger@icavictoria.org. Selected participants will receive an honorarium. No previous film/video experience required.

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016

Young people have all observed inappropriate sexual encounters that alarm them and make them uncomfortable. These behaviors may occur in class, in hallways, at parties, and at sports and school events. As bystanders to inappropriate sexual behavior, youth not only have opportunities to intervene, but a shared responsibility to prevent harm, foster a sense of community, and create a culture of caring.

PEER POWER VIDEO PROJECT - BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Exploring Masculinity & Misogyny

Peer Power intends to create powerful messages to invigorate the dialogue and awareness of misogynistic attitudes and sexual violence prevention strategies among youth. Some examples of Short Films:

Tea Consent

•  Locker Room Tip

•  Yes All Women

Issues that will be discussed include:  

  • Pressures exerted upon young men by traditional ideas about masculinity, male superiority & male sexual entitlement.
  • Mass Culture - video games that treat women like disposable sex objects; songs about blurred lines “You know you want it”; and the insidious effects of pornography.
  • ‘Rape Culture’ - beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and support violence against women. Has physical and emotional dominance over women become the societal norm?
  • What is Consent? Consent for any sexual activity is the centerpiece for preventing sexual coercion and unwanted sexual behavior. A voluntary, sober, enthusiastic, informed, mutual, honest verbal agreement equals consent.
  • Bystander Intervention - preventing and de-escalating potentially violent incidents by empowering bystanders with the confidence and tools to intervene.

NB: Before being involved in this project, all young adults under the age of 18 will be required to get signed parental consent.

For more information please contact: Paulina Grainger, Arts & Outreach Coordinator, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, pgrainger@icavictoria.org or call (250) 388-4728 Ext. 138.

This  project  is  a  partnership  with  Peter  Campbell  and  Gumboot  Productions  and  is funded  by  TELUS  Community  Board  and  the  Inter-Cultural  Association  of  Greater Victoria. Aligned with ICAʼs mandate this project aims to create a space for youth of all backgrounds, regardless of colour, race, sexual orientation, religion, culture and (dis)abilities.
 


During the year, ICA puts together many different types of arts events in and around the community to help build cultural connections.

Staging Diversity & Disability

Transformational Theatre.

Youth Arts Summer Camp
Annual arts camp for 9 - 12 year olds.

Stories by the Light of the Moon
An ICA Shadow Theatre Project.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
A photography and visual journalling workshop.

Arrival: Stories, Mask and Movement
A theatre presentation based on five new immigrant stories of arrival.

Police and Community, a Theatre Engagement
A series of workshops using transformational theatre techniques to explore the relationship between new immigrants and the police.

Inside Community: Four Cultures in Images
Photo documentary project in four cultural communities in Victoria.

Moon Festival at Gordon Head
Annual lantern celebration at Gordon Head, featuring traditional performances, lantern installations, an illuminated procession and mooncakes!

Interlaced: Living Our Faith Through Stories
Members of the Hindu, Jewish and Ismaili Muslim faith groups learned storytelling, answering the question “How do you live your religion?"

From the Heart: Enter the Journey of Reconciliation
ICA collaborated on the workshop phase of this immersive theatre production about transformative stories that have moved non-Indigenous people to see their relationships with their Indigenous neighbours in new ways. 

Voice & Place: Community, Culture & Belonging
Travelling exhibition of newcomers' photographs about what makes our community welcoming, available to organizations in Greater Victoria.

 

Long Ago:

Luminara
From 2000 to 2009, we produced an annual community lantern festival in Beacon Hill Park.

FolkFest
ICA's flagship inter-cultural arts festival, which ran from 1971 to 2006.

 

For more information on any of these arts programs, please contact Paulina Grainger, Arts & Outreach Coordinator at pgrainger@icavictoria.org or 250-388-4728 ext 129.