Iwould like to start this post explaining how I ended up living in Canada. The adventures we have had experienced since we arrived, and let you know how much I appreciate to have known wonderful people, in order to put you in context of our new beginings. But that will be such a long story and Today what I’m interested in is to tell you about the Jour de la Terre, which is the first eco-artistic event in Granby where I was fortunate to have been invited in to collaborate as a volunteer.
Introducing The Atelier 19
The first thing you need to know is that Francine runs a project called ATELIER 19 and Mélissande is her right hand. It is a super inclusive project: multicultural, multigenerational, etc. whose main objective is to integrate and raise awareness in society about ecological issues, love for the planet, etc. through art. And this is just the starting point.
I appreciate events like this:
I collaborated as a volunteer, here called bénévole, I must confess that at the beginning I felt like I was not being helpful and I’m still do sometimes, because they are always working so hard but I do my best effort to support them as much as I can. Why such affection?, long story.
Well to cut a long story short, this group welcomed me and supported me without knowing me, without asking anything, without knowing where I came from and even without understand me. (I have to say that for a foreigner who lives in Granby and don’t speak french it’s hard to fit in the community) And I am deeply grateful.
I love to volunteer, and I love to volunteer with art projects focused on community. Je suis heureux!
This is a video I made about the closure event, they did not ask me to make it, but was my way to be thankful.
They told me that I was more like an invited artist not a volunteer, and asked me to collaborate with some sketches for the day of the earth poster, so I made these:
I ended up very happy with my new friends and new opportunities to integrate into the community. After this project were born several project proposals with them, I hope to have the skills to perform them.
This is my first post in english, my apologies for before.