|ROSEMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL TO HOLD AN ARTS SHOWCASE|
MONTREAL APRIL 22, 2014 – Rosemount High School (3737 Beaubien Street East) will be holding an arts showcase in their school Resource Room on Friday, April 25 (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) The event is titled “Come and Celebrate Unity,” and will feature on site art making with local Montreal artist Peter Gibson, a.k.a “Roadsworth,” a photo contest exhibit, refreshments and community mural unveilings, with all the proceeds going to Dans La Rue.
Last November a select group of Grade 10 students set out to attend ‘WE’ Day, an educational and inspiring event organized for today’s youth. Led by their art teacher, Sabrina Bejba, guidance counselor Jamie Dimopoulos and spiritual animator, Katie Leggitt, the students left Rosemount High School and travelled to the Theatre St-Denis. Months later, the students are just as motivated to work within their school and community.
“We selected students who showed leadership qualities,” said Ms. Bejba. “After ‘WE’ Day they were really motivated and asked what else they could do to raise money and help.”
Upon careful thought and planning, the students, with the help of Ms. Bejba, are on the right track to enriching the lives of fellow students and their community. Throughout the rest of the school year, the students will be working with Meals on Wheels and Dans La Rue by volunteering and raising money.
Seeking to inspire creativity, as well as the social aspect of working together towards the greater good, Ms. Bejba implemented a community-based art project to involve more students in the fundraising process.
“I implemented a photography contest with the theme being ‘What is special about your community?’ Students were encouraged to go around and take pictures and highlight what they thought was unique in or about their community,” explains Ms. Bejba. “The photographs are going to be displayed at the art show, where all of the attendees are encouraged to donate a dollar per photograph. As an added bonus, each photograph will be subjected to a vote and the strongest works will be displayed in the Beaubien Cinema for the month of May, allowing the community to see the work of the students.”
Last February Gibson gave a four-session workshop and worked with the students to create transportable murals. “The hope is that the students will be able to put these murals in and around community based centers around Rosemount,” Ms. Beja says. “The theme of these murals would also revolve around the community.”
The spirit of giving back is definitely in full form at Rosemount High School. It is without a doubt that both the students and staff are right on their way to making a difference in their community.
Michael J. Cohen