May 2017

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ⒸEzra Bridgman for Exeko

Now, I see volunteers as a sort of network of fungus growing beneath the forest that act as a link between different sets of roots, allowing for mutual nourishment and resulting, hopefully, in fewer trees suffering alone in the shadows.

– Martin Chabbert, Exeko volunteer since January 2015
Excerpt from Le Bénévolat Exekien par Martin Chabbert

○ This May is a special month for us: our philosophical and cultural caravan and idAction Mobile program are both turning five! That equals 3300 people reached and 3000 books in circulation, as well as a yearly presence at almost 40 different cultural events. Some surprises are on the way, so stay tuned!
○ A big thank you to our generous donors who supported us during our annual donation drive of 2017. There’s no better way for you to show your trust in our ability to build a more inclusive world. Missed the drive? No worries, we accept one-time and monthly donations all year round! We thank you all once again for your support
(c) Francesca Ferrari pour Exeko
○ Lab featured in new scientific publication
Maxime Goulet-Langlois, our research and transfer manager, is featured in Expériences critiques de la médiation culturelle (Critical Experiments with Cultural Mediation), published by the Université de Laval Press as part of the Monde culturel collection. Check out what he has to say about intellectual mediation and its methodology.
(c)Dorothée de Collasson pour Exeko
Even more urban residencies
“Métissages Urbains”, our program for co-creation in an urban environment, is hosting two artists in residence, starting in late May and early June. A warm welcome to Floriane Davin and Aïda Lorrain who will be respectively creating an exquisite “audiovisual” corpse and a plasterboard engraving and drawing. 
(c) Exeko

Three new workshops for Biblio-Libre

The BAnQ (Libraries and National Archives of Quebec) will be hosting new workshops focusing on the co-creation of audiovisual pieces in May, keeping with the theme of night-time. Elsewhere, keep an eye out every Tuesday for new articles on our blog from our volunteers on the shelter workshops they have held. More great things are coming soon.
(c) Mikaek Theimer pour Exeko
Culture Partagée wraps up for the season
The last two inclusive cultural excursions will be taking place over the next month, namely visits to Montreal’s Musée des Beaux Arts and Opera. The latter visit will be to see La Bohème and is planned for May 23. Thanks to all those who participated in the 2016-2017 season of the program, and we will see you in the fall for another season of delectable cultural offerings!
News from the team...

Yann Allard-Tremblay will be leaving us to embark on new adventures at the end of May. He has our gratitude for brightening our lives here at Exeko and helping our first nation initiatives and collaborative projects really take off over his many months of service. Best of luck for the future Yann.
...and volunteers

○ The "Café des pratiques" will now be held monthly, with all our volunteers invited to join. The next meeting is planned for May 30, and will allow participants to share their experiences, and offer their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of our volunteering at Exeko. Interested? Sign up!

○ A new volunteer duo has recently hit the scene: Marc-Émile Poulin and Joakim Lemieux will be working together to make video capsules for the “”Métissages Urbains” program. These will be ready for viewing in July.
We like our community
Every month, we introduce to you one of the wonderful humans that fill up our lives, whether they’re a volunteer, participant or partner. This week, you can check out Claudia Torregrosa’s TV interview with Montréal Billboard.
We would like to thank the Secrétariat aux Affaires Autochtones for supporting Trickster’s “Raconte-Moi Ta Langue” project as part  of the Projets Ponctuels autochtones program 2016-2017.

“Métissages Urbains” is an initiative made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Foundation of Greater Montreal, the Government of Canada, and many other extraordinary leaders across Canada, from coast to coast to coast.
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