inter-cultural arts

Past Projects

Staging Diversity & Disability
Transformational Theatre

In May 2014, ICA conducted a six month project using transformational theatre techniques to promote understanding between staff, live-in caregivers, homecare providers and people living with developmental disabilities. Our partner organizations are Integra Support Services and Kardel Home Support, two experts in this field in Victoria, BC.

We gathered real-life stories from all the stakeholders involved in this sector and used theatre scenes and exercises to find the underlying issues and stories that were of priority to the participants who attended the workshops.

The stories were staged at three events in September and October 2014, where the audience was invited to intervene and enact solutions to the problems presented, in real time.

Youth Arts Summer Camp
Arts camp for 9 – 12 year olds.

This week long summer camp for kids ages 9 -12 offered a fun hands-on experience in making a simple journal, paper marbling, sun-printing, and artist style low-tech film photography. On field trips to beautiful and interesting places around the city they made photographs and collected things that can be used in their photo-based art projects and journals.

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

Working with a theatre facilitator and a small group, Seniors created short shadow theatre plays and performed at community centres.

Shadow Theatre and Story Coach Will Weigler is an experienced and innovative theatre professional who is passionate about collaborative community creation. Co-facilitated by Valeria Cortes.

Big thanks to our wonderful community partners who made this project possible: Victoria Chinese Seniors Association, Victoria Chinese Cultural Association, Burnside Gorge Community Association, Cook Street Village Activity Centre, Gordon Head Recreation Centre and James Bay New Horizons.

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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
A photography and visual journalling workshop

This project took place in spring 2014, with ten participants learned how to use photography and visual journalling to find new forms of self-expression and ways to manage stress.

Participants went on field trips to take pictures at Cattle Point, MacCauley Point and Beacon Hill Park, participants took photographs that documented how they saw themselves in natural forms. In classes they looked at all the images and participants chose the ones they found most meaningful to work with in journals. At the end of the project final photos were selected for a published book.

The project was facilitated by local documentary photographer and educator Quinton Gordon of Luz Studios and Sonia Boya, Counselor. Many thanks to Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for project funding, and to Fuji Film for the loan of digital cameras.

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

Arrival: Stories, Mask & Movement was a theatre presentation based on five new immigrant stories of arrival. Real-life immigrant stories of what it has meant to settle in a new land, a country with a different language and culture. Stories of new and surprising experiences, stories of hope and triumph, stories of challenge and surmounting obstacles, stories of new beginnings. The five stories represent the five continents of the world and were woven into a performance using movement, music and masks inspired by traditions from the countries where the stories originate.

This project was in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library.

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:

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

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:
250-388-4728 ext 129