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Another year, another successful National Day of Action

20 Fév

On the 15th of February, the young ladies from F.A.C.E participated in a second National Day of Action, organized by the Girls’ Action Foundation. Last year, the girls had participated in a lunch-discussion with ex homeless men who had stayed at the Benedict Labre House, and members of the NGO Action Femmes Handicapées Montréal. Then, they had conducted a safety audit walk in a down-town neighbourhood, all of which had inspired the themes covered in their Nomad Box.

This year, the girls undertook a project which had taken ground in their minds quite some time ago. During their initiation to the principles of urbanisme, citizen initiatives and public art to make cities safer and more inclusive for girls, the murale concept stuck with them. In Montreal, we are pretty spoiled in that department: a beautiful murale instantly uplifts any dull / ugly space (just saying it like it is!). This, in turn, increases the number of people using that space, and more people, means usually means more safety.

Ok, so a murale… What does that entail exactly?

The girls in the Student Bistro, during one if their planning meetings.

The girls in the Student Bistro, during one if their planning meetings.

This is how they came to identify a space in their school which they had previously avoided due to its seediness. Lucky for us, this space happened to have plenty of walls (!!!), some of them already being repainted in the original pleasant yellow-greenish tinge. The girls organized several planing, conception, and organisation réunions as the Murale Committee, and managed to convince the school administration to grant them a wall. And so they needed a theme.

The original planning calendar, or project management 101

The original planning calendar, or project management 101

Ok, so a theme… So many to choose from…

Because this year’s National Day of Action theme was the transmission of culture, tradition or experience from generation to generation, we asked the girls what legacy they wished to leave to the next generation of F.A.C.E students. They decided they wanted to paint quotes which had inspired them and call their murale « the fountain of words » (because the wall was right above fountains, it called for some fancy wordplay 🙂

The initial design

The initial design

Once they had chosen their quotes, we realized that they were all the words of famous men. So we felt it would be important to broach the subject with the girls. Indeed, modern history teaches us, amongst other things, that the contribution of women to the world we live in have very rarely been recognized. This sad fact makes finding women’s quotes a little bit, well, daunting.

Finally, with a bit of help and a lot of Google, the inspiring quotes chosen by the girls were representative of all of society (I believe we do comprise of half of humanity, after all..) From Maya Angelou to Janis Joplin, the girls illustrated the words which made their soul sing.

Ze wall

Ze wall

Oh the concentration..

Oh the concentration..

Hard at work

Hard at work

 

Almost done!

Almost done!

We will be back at F.A.C.E on February 21st, as the girls will put the finishing touches on their murale. Pictures will soon follow.

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For the second year in a row, My City, My Safety! will be participating in the Girls’ Action Foundation’s National Day of Action on the 14th and 15th of February 2013 (2013… Weird!)

This time around, two groups are participating in this initiative which aims to celebrate the engagement of young canadian girls and women within their communities, the important role they play, and to encourage them to continue reclaiming their space in society: the civic duty mediators from St-Luc and the F.A.C.E girls 🙂

This year, the Foundation suggested the theme of community history, whether it is a historically significant event related to the cultural heritage of the youth involved and transmitted from generation to generation, stories about their own generation or the testimony of people of all ages who are models for the other members of their community. For more information, please follow this link:  www.girlsactionfoundation.ca

 

Last week, we met up with the F.A.C.E girls to discuss their action project for the 15th of February.

Full on brainstorm mode

Full on brainstorm mode

Their plan is to paint a mural in the student bistro, a big and uninviting local that is not, for the time being, very welcoming… The idea came from their implication in My City, My Safety! last year, and the use of safety audits to evaluate different spots in relation to the feeling of safety and inclusion they inspire.

The bistro

The bistro

We are waiting with our fingers crossed for the schools’ approval… In the meantime, the girls are collecting inspirational quotes they wish to transmit to the future generations of F.A.C.E students, including quotes from famous and pioneer women throughout the ages.

Information on the civic duty mediators’ project will soon follow…