Tri-City Series

for the

Arts Sector to Address Climate Anxiety

Hamilton | KINGSTON | MONTREAL

A series of three unique events will explore the ways participatory arts practices can be used to address climate anxiety

In Canada, introducing arts+climate practice at the community level is scarce. This project aims to fill this gap

What to expect

Two driving questions will be explored at each of the one day symposiums:

Each one day symposium will feature

Be a part of this deep dive into climate resilience through art, and bring your unique contribution to our rich and diverse community of speakers and participants.

Tickets for Hamilton, Kingston & Montreal

Three cities, three opportunities to join the conversation

Payments will be made through Paypal. No need to own a Paypal account to use your credit card.

The Cotton Factory

Hamilton, ON

June 18, 2024
9am to 3pm
The Tett Centre

Kingston, ON

July 12, 2024
9am to 3pm
Centr’ÈRE, UQAM

Montreal, QC

August 30, 2024
9am to 3pm

DAY SCHEDULE EXAMPLE*

*Order and content subject to change. A detailed schedule will be sent to all participants a few days before each event.

Morning Session

8:45am

Doors Open

9am to 10pm

Opening Circle,  Indigenous Learning

10am to 12pm

Participants unpack leading questions with guest artists, psychologists, environmentalists and educators

Lunch break – Lunch Provided

12pm to 1pm

Afternoon Session

1pm to 3pm

Guest artist led workshop engaging participants in understanding and processing climate anxiety.

Closing Circle

Networking and off-site activity
Christopher McLeod

Multidisciplinary social practice artist, educator and researcher.

Hamilton and Kingston

He has a BA in Studio Art from McMaster University and an MFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. His work has been featured at Nuit Blanche Toronto, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and at Supercrawl 2018 and 2019. He has taught at McMaster University, Dundas Valley School of Art, and was Artist in Residence for 2 years at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. He is leader of the Great Art for Great Lakes project, commissioning artists and artists teams on 17 participatory based public art projects. Christopher investigates community engagement through art as a way of knowing, problem solving, healing and transforming our relationship with water. 

Angela DeMontigny

An award winning Cree/Métis designer and artist.

Hamilton

Angela DeMontigny is an award winning Cree/Métis designer and artist whose designs present a contemporary side of lndigenous art and culture to the world while honouring her ancestors. Her art and designs are a modern reclamation of culture and identity as well as a means to educate people about lndigenous knowledge and worldviews. A trailblazer and pioneer of lndigenous luxury fashion for over two decades, her original collections have graced runways around the world. She is a passionate advocate for sustainability and slow fashion and follows these principles throughout her design process. Angela is also known for being a tierce auntie and offers her time as a mentor and supporter of lndigenous women entrepreneurs and young designers in her community. Always looking for new ways to create, she is becoming just as well known for her gorgeous lndigenous wellness products under the brand LODGE Soy Candies. She acknowledges that her ability to create beautiful, intentional scents using essential oils from lndigenous plants comes from ancestral knowledge channelled through her grandmothers. Helping others is important to her and something she strives for in everything she does. 

Also an accomplished artist, Angela was awarded a major public art commission in 2020 for her groundbreaking ‘Ali Our Relations’ sculpture that was installed on Hamilton’s waterfront on Sept. 30, 2023 – the National day for Truth and Reconciliation – which brought together the lndigenous and Hamilton community to honour residential school survivors, the children who never made it home and to celebrate reconciliation in action. She is ecstatic to have been able to co-create a much needed, public art legacy for the City which will also be a designated space for the urban lndigenous community to gather. Future plans are to create an education component and programming for youth.

Christina Popescu

PhD student in social psychology at UQÀM

Hamilton and Montreal

Passionate about environmental issues and social justice issues, her research interests include climate change and ecoanxiety, solastalgia and environmental grief, as well as resilience in situations of climate stress. She is also interested in the humanistic-existential approach in psychology, attempting to integrate it into her research and into her future clinical practice. She integrates in her research  therapeutic practices based on attentive presence, the arts, as well as sensorimotor approaches.

Helena Vallée-Dallaire

Contemporary visual artist and educator.

Montreal

Helena Vallée-Dallaire is a contemporary visual artist and educator who loves creating spaces for discovery and connection between people of all ages and backgrounds, and believes in the power of storytelling to awaken deep attention and understanding towards all forms of life . She holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and works as a cultural mediator and drawing teacher at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She has created and facilitated various events and workshops engaging the public in environmental action and awareness through artistic practices. She has exhibited and taught internationally, and is a recipient of various prizes and honors, including three grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world.

Anne Deslauriers

Professor at the School of Visual and Media Arts at UQAM, specializing in the field of education.

Montreal

Her work focuses on articulation between arts education and environmental education, both in formal and non-formal settings, as well as in collaboration with artists. In adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it explores the interactions between these two fields, thus enriching the perspectives of contemporary education. Moreover, she is involved in promoting inclusion and personal development in the educational context. His expertise also includes arts teaching, both primary and secondary level.

Simon Goulet- Tinaoui

PhD candidate in psychology (research-intervention – UQÀM)

Montreal

 He explores the links between the current and future socio-ecological catastrophe and the psychological challenges of becoming a (grand)parent.

Passionate about the psyche and the environment, he graduated from the short 2nd cycle program on attentive presence in helping relationships, from the Research and Intervention Group on Attentive Presence (GRIPA – UQÀM).

He collaborated with the non-profit Éco-Motion, offering experiential workshops on eco-emotions in order to tame them and stimulate psychological adaptation to the ecological crisis.

Léa Ilardo

Territorial equity coordinator at Vivre en Ville

Montreal

Léa Ilardo is the territorial equity coordinator at Vivre en Ville, where she works to document and find solutions to reduce inequities across Montreal’s neighborhoods. She holds a master’s degree in applied political studies from the University of Sherbrooke, for which she focused on social health inequalities amplified by climate change. She has been campaigning and supporting citizen mobilization for environmental justice through her professional and personal implications for several years, and collaborates with different media in order to share knowledge and solutions to our major present and future challenges. Furthermore, Léa is interested in the place of culture in the socio-ecological transition. She is co-founder, with Léa Vandycke and Clémence Roy-Darisse,  of the non-profit Éclore, which aims to create bridges between artistic and environmental circles for a more just and sustainable world.

Valérie Ivy Hamelin

Multidisciplinary artist 

Montreal

Valérie Ivy Hamelin is a multidisciplinary artist who expresses herself with voice, transverse flute, hand drum, African percussion and gumboots. A member of the Micmac Nation of Gespeg, she likes to celebrate, honor and participate in the revitalization of her culture and language through song, music, stories and the connection to the territory.  In 2009, she studied classical music at Collège Lionel-Groulx, with a specialization in transverse flute. At the end of her studies, she won a scholarship following a competition organized by SODET of Ste-Thérèse, which allowed her to start her event production company and artist agency, Les Productions Mosaïculture. Her journey as a dancer, chorister and musician in the world of world music has given her the opportunity to rub shoulders with countless artists from different ethnic communities, and to discover diverse and rich musical traditions. She has been part of several musical groups and dance troupes. She performed from 2008 to 2018 with  the Mafrica formation, led by Sadio Sissokho, which was merged in 2019 to become Mi’gmafrica. She is part of the Artist at School program, in trio with Sadio Sissokho and Cheikh Anta Faye. She presents stories, traditional songs and Mi’gmaq culture in schools, libraries and festivals. It offers conferences and panels on culture  mi’gmaq, indigenous history and in connection with its environmental activist actions (Mishtetuteiat, Amnesty International, Global Forum Against Extractivism, Mining Watch Canada in South Africa). Dedicated to water protection, she has been sitting on the board of Coalition Eau Secours since 2020 and was elected vice-president in December 2022. She is currently studying governance and indigenous intervention at UQAT

Susan Turcot

Artist and professor at UQAM.

Montreal

Since the 1990s, Susan Turcot has been interested in environmental and social issues using documentary drawing, audio and sculpture as part of a collaborative approach.

Anne Isabelle Leonard

Interdisciplinary artist and facilitator

Montreal

Anne Isabelle Leonard is a Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist and facilitator known for her work at the intersection of visual arts, social art and environmental advocacy. Her interdisciplinary artistic practice encompasses performance, video, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, as well as community engagement, curating and arts administration. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (2015), as well as a number of parallel trainings that articulate her interdisciplinarity.

In addition to her artistic practice, Leonard has led the Montreal free dance community Danser Dans l’Noir since 2017 and is the co-founder of the Outdoor Artist Collective, an NPO highlighting the power of artists as important ambassadors of the socio-ecological transition.

About Climate Anxiety

There is little argument that climate change is one of the most pressing challenges humanity has confronted. It permeates all aspects of life, the narratives across media, and the psyches of our elders and children. Evidence of the impact is growing. In a 2023 study of Canadian youth (aged 16-25), 56% reported feeling afraid, sad, anxious, and powerless; 78% indicated that climate change impacts their overall mental health and 37% reported that their feelings about climate change negatively impact daily functioning”. Yet strategies to mitigate/lessen the distress are lacking.

The Impact of Art

New research for climate change related art to provide a medium for engagement and healing is emerging. Roosen, Klockner & Swim (2017) have examined the psychological benefits that visual art offers to the climate change crisis, finding that: “perceiving and processing art requires parts of the brain that are not normally accessed by typical communications about climate change … It involves novel metaphors, analogies or narratives, which climate communication generally lacks … and provides visualizations of the problem, … gives personal experience with the subject-matter and may also help to establish a group identity that gives a sense of being supported in efforts to help combat climate change”. The arts community is also being called upon to help give “voice to [society’s] concerns and fears” and is increasingly recognized for the unique way in which artists serve as witnesses, bridge fact and turn emotion into action.

our partners

Cotton-Factory