Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming
Co-hosted by PAONE Member Carrie Hage

Tuesday March 28, 2017



OCADU MCC 525 in the Annex Building
113 McCaul St., Toronto

Join us as we discuss how the arts, and arts education programming contributes to building resilience in youth. Lead by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we will learn more about resiliency, and of best practices of arts education programming that support building resilience in youth.

Guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm from CoDesign
Julian Diego from SKETCH
Noorin Fazal from Story Planet (note: updated March 27)

About the facilitator:
Carrie Hage is an actor, storyteller, educator and facilitator. An acting graduate from Dalhousie University (Double Honours in Theatre and Spanish), Carrie began her professional career in Toronto in theatre, film, and TV (founding member of WORKhouse Theatre). Years later, in pursuit of even more adventure, Carrie moved to London, England to pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s University. Following her studies, she worked in London as an applied-theatre practitioner with Mencap, Ovalhouse Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, and Corali Dance Company. Carrie specializes in working with youth at risk of social exclusion and has developed numerous community projects and school programs with a focus on building resilience, self-confidence and community.

About the guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm is the principal of CoDesign, a social enterprise that organizes and facilitates collaborative projects between marginalized communities and post-secondary design students.These projects produce tangible objects/products that directly benefit the participating community. Connie has worked for eighteen years as a self-employed furniture designer/maker and currently teaches design and craftsmanship at Sheridan College and OCAD University. She started CoDesign in 2010.

Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves.

Julian has facilitated arts programming, with a focus on marginalized youth, for over a decade in Toronto. He is fascinated by different ways to increase the palette of expressive options available to people who may not be able to afford or access traditional opportunities.

Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the RCM. Julian has worked with youth in a variety of contexts for over 25 years, including homeless shelters, community drop ins, and  at SKETCH,  and has worked abroad in Belize for the Dept. of Human Development, Woman’s Department.

Noorin Fazal is a learning experience (LX) designer and educator. She is driven by human-centred curriculum, community activation, arts- and technology-based literacy, and equity and inclusion practices. With over 8 years in the field, Noorin has taught more than 650 students aged 12-18. In addition to teaching, Noorin has consulting on LX design for various companies and organizations, including the National Film Board for Canada, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Feminist Art Conference.

Noorin entered the education field in 2007 as part of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). STEP is a double Master’s program at the Institute of Education, UCL, currently ranked 1st in the world for Education. For her graduate work, Noorin conducted action research at the intersection of critical thinking, ethical literacy, and creative expression in Muslim religious education. She centred her studies on the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ For Noorin, this question lies at the heart of all artistic and educational practice.

Currently, Noorin directs programming, training, and LX design at Story Planet, a non-profit storymaking community, focusing on under-resourced parts of Toronto. Story Planet creates spaces for kids and teens to discover and develop their voice through visual art, digital media, theatre, and writing. The Story Planet team believes that through the making and sharing of stories, we can reach our potential for empathy and interconnection. Creative portfolio: