Southwest Storytelling Hub
Southwest Storytelling Hub
A Collaborative Literacy and Arts Action Research Project
What's in your neighourhood? This photo was taken as part of the Winter 2018 Community Design Workshop that paired McGill University graduate design and planning students with elementary and secondary students participating in Suspicious Fish afterschool Literacy and arts program. Students shared their ideas for a new storytelling hub in Verdun, Montreal. 

What's in your neighourhood? This photo was taken as part of the Winter 2018 Community Design Workshop that paired McGill University graduate design and planning students with elementary and secondary students participating in Suspicious Fish afterschool Literacy and arts program. Students shared their ideas for a new storytelling hub in Verdun, Montreal. 

About Us

We are a collaborative literacy and arts-based action research partnership that is working to open a community hub in Montreal's southwest. Our mission is to support storytelling and art as a means to strengthen community capacity. We want to engage in bigger conversations about the good and the bad, the familiar and the unfamiliar, the real and the possible for collective action and lifelong literacy. 

July 2017

"The main message is that everyone can write; anyone can share their story."

Margo Legault, Executive Director, Literacy Quebec, '"Verdun culture' shines through in stories about the neighbourhood" , CBC / Read Full Article

 

Our Activities

This photo was taken during our 2018 Suspicious Fish Annual Book Launch and  first Community Design Workshop. McGill Graduate students, as part of the Community Design Workshop course, designed  kiosks for community members to share their stories about Verdun and share their ideas on what they would like to see as part of a new community hub. 

This photo was taken during our 2018 Suspicious Fish Annual Book Launch and  first Community Design Workshop. McGill Graduate students, as part of the Community Design Workshop course, designed  kiosks for community members to share their stories about Verdun and share their ideas on what they would like to see as part of a new community hub. 

- Building our Storefront Southwest Storytelling Literacy Hub

Storytelling and Civic Engagement Events

- Suspicious Fish Afterschool Literacy and Arts programs

- Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities

- ARCH/URBP 514 Community Design Workshop offered through McGill University

More information to come!

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Our Partnership

Our 2018 team at our annual  Book Launch and Community Design Workshop , Verdun, Montreal.  Click the photo to learn more about this event!

Our 2018 team at our annual Book Launch and Community Design Workshop, Verdun, Montreal.  Click the photo to learn more about this event!

 

We have been developing our partnership since 2017. We are two civil-society organisations based in Verdun, Montreal, Suspicious Fish Literacy and Arts Program and Literacy Quebec, and researchers from McGill University from, the Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, students and faculty in the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Desautels Faculty of Management. We are exploring the possibilities for developing an experimental university-community hub for social innovation and community engaged learning. The Southwest Storytelling Hub will be a space for community events, literacy programs, knowledge and skill exchange, job training and research. 

 

Get Involved

Want to share your skills and time? We are always looking for volunteers who are passionate about literacy and community! There are three easy ways to get involved below:

 

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Volunteer opportunities

Contact Suspicious Fish and/or Literacy Quebec for volunteer opportunities by clicking the logos below:  

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By donating you will help empower youth, impact lives, and build a community hub for our partnership!