Building upon the Resiliency Toolkit, two artists, Jill Banting and Sarah Kerr collaborated with students at Equinox Alternate at Robron Centre to create a photo/ voice installation- a resiliency wall. Working with one classroom, instead of the three in our original proposal, this six week project integrated the resiliency curriculum through a participatory photographic process.
Using digital cameras, students explored the school environment as a site for art making. Capturing imagery and using narrative to uncover stories of place, the students developed their personal voices through storytelling. Using dialogue, the artists and teachers worked together with the students to develop image making and writing abilities by identifying key themes that were emerging in their work.
Building resiliency through the process, the group explored themes of belonging, while learning skills in digital photography, writing and visual analysis. As the students work emerged, the images where put on display in the classroom and shared with other students and staff. The project culminated with a series of group dialogues about the students work, followed by the installation of the photovoice project onto the resiliency wall. Click HERE to view the video.