|JAMES LYNG HIGH SCHOOL TO LAUNCH PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF MONTREAL’S SOUTH WEST|
MONTREAL, JUNE 8, 2015 – James Lyng High School in St. Henri (5440 Notre Dame Street West) will hold a vernissage on Thursday, June 11 (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to launch an exciting cross curricular (history, ethics, English and French) project focusing on the history of the South West sector of Montreal. The latter encompasses St Henri, Little Burgundy, Point St Charles, Ville Emard. Among those to be in attendance will be Carole Bergevin, representing her brother Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin. The family grew up in the area and Marc resides there again.
As an Urban Arts School, a focus undertaken in partnership with McGill University, the staff and students at James Lyng have put together a photobook documenting their Burgundy Jazz project in Little Burgundy. The latter is an educational app (http://music.cbc.ca/#!/Burgundy-Jazz) available on IPhones and IPads that students used to guide them through their walking tour of Little Burgundy. It focuses on the history of Jazz in Montreal and the South West borough specifically. In addition there is a large scale wheatepaste mural on the exterior wall of the school featuring prominent figures from the South West. This includes Marc Bergevin, jazz legend Oliver Jones, actor and playwright Vittorio Rossi and many more.
The goal of the project was to bring the students into the community and the community into the school. This project-based learning experience enabled the participants to address multiple areas of curriculum requirement, as well as tap into the visual arts in partnership with the local artist duo HoarKor. The vernissage will showcase the photobook, a photo exhibit and the mural project. James Lyng history teacher Scott McLeod has played a key role in getting this project off the ground.
Michael J. Cohen