Welcome to the Transforming Stories, Driving Change blog!

Welcome to our blog. We envision this blog as a space to share our group’s experiences of creating community-engaged performance and of imagining a Hamilton transformed. We are glad that you dropped by.

We are a collaborative of educators, artists, social service providers, researchers, social planners and community self-advocates in Hamilton, Ontario.

Our project is about performance. In this project we use performance to understand the world, and also to imagine ways that it might be different. That means bringing members of our community together to create stories and make theatre about how Hamilton can become a better and more inviting place to live. We use performance to explore, and then show, how social exclusion affects particular communities in our city, and how these communities are responding.

Over the next few weeks, Transforming Stories, Driving Change will collaboratively develop a short community-based performance rooted in the lived experiences of members of our community who know the risk of losing housing due to the rapid development of our city. Together, the art that we create will help to envision a better Hamilton for all.

In staging these stories, we hope to contribute to conversations happening all across the city about how Hamilton can become a place where everyone feels welcome and recognized.

We invite you to follow our blog to see posts from our researchers, our community partners, and our participants. We hope that this blog gets you thinking about the stories that animate the everyday hustle and bustle of our rapidly changing city.

But wait! Before you go… We don’t just want you to read what we have to say. We actually want you to be a part of the conversation! So we encourage you leave a comment about anything you see on this blog.

We hope that you feel free to share your thoughts with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

To learn more about the project, please visit our website.


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