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Osgoode Township Museum: “I Live in the Country” Exhibit by MASC
October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Date and time: Thursday October 6th at 1pm
Location: Osgoode Township Museum, 7814 Lawrence St, Vernon, ON K0A 3J0
Je vis en campagne / I live in the country 2022 is a MASC initiative offered in partnership with the City of Ottawa Rural Initiatives fund, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and the Osgoode Township Museum. This arts education project connected youth from the Collège catholique Franco-Ouest Médi’Arts program, who live, study or work in a rural setting. Paired with professional artists, the participants explored the history of intriguing places in rural Ottawa South.
Professional photographer Shaun Elie guided students during an outing at Baxter Conservation Area, Osgoode Township Museum and Waupoos Family Farm located in the region. All photos were taken at these locations. Singer-songwriter Janie Renée led another group of students through writing workshops during which they wrote poems inspired by the photos.
In August 2021, MASC artists Nicole Bélanger and Jimmy Baptiste each led the creation of a mural inspired by conversations with folks living in rural settings. Both murals were painted outdoors with community participants at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Nicole’s mural was installed outside the offices of the Rendez-vous des aînés francophones, and Jimmy’s mural was installed indoors at the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.
MASC hopes to bring this program to a new rural community in Ottawa every year.