Artistic creation is a vehicle that gives coherence to any life experience to be communicated through it.
Rosy Cervantes: As a psychologist in my home country, Mexico, I designed an award winning psycho-educational program for women who experienced domestic violence. As a blues performer and composer, my lyrics speak about the importance of empowerment, through acceptance of one’s experiences, no matter their nature. I received a medal for my work on human rights of women by the Morelos state government. In Toronto I’ve provided artistic support to such organizations as the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Nellie’s Shelter, Education & Advocacy For All Women and Children. I continue to participate in human rights events, I practice as a counsellor in psychology, and I continue with my own musical projects. This project is a logical next step.
Richard Fouchaux: As a musician and creator of music, composing was a way to engage with places and ideas beyond my day to day experience, and most of my writing has been introspective. I believe technology supports the goals of educators best when it helps make practitioners’ thinking visible to the new learner. As a music teacher and educator for social justice I try to help learners make connections between their lived experiences, self expression and self knowledge, self improvement and informal learning, and to situate the processes of songwriting and learning an instrument within such frames. Creativity seems a lot like the meal my grandmother called “stoup,” a bit like a stew, a bit like soup. The only necessary ingredient is a human being with an idea. The ukulele and the Blues provide a robust and healthy stock. Technology can add a distinct 21st century flavour. The preparation, selection and blending of the seasoning is an ancient art.