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École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne launches a community arts education project to mark the 150th anniversary of Ottawa’s Lowertown

February 7, 2017, OTTAWA - École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne has decided to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ottawa’s Lowertown neighbourhood in a big way, by joining forces with the Vox Théâtre company to launch a major project for the francophone community

The aim of the project is to offer students, teachers, local residents and artists a unique cultural and theatrical experience. Starting this spring, participants will take part in every step of the process of creating a theatrical work, right through to the public performance, which is to take place in fall 2017 at La Nouvelle Scène theatre.

“This project has perfect synergy with the mission of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) to transform the learning experience, since, in addition to providing an innovative and concrete way for students to learn and develop their skills, it will also give them an opportunity to go out and meet people in their community. This knowledge-sharing between community members, including seniors, newcomers to Canada, members of community organizations and the students at École Sainte-Anne, will greatly enrich the lives of everyone involved,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE.

The Vox Théâtre company, which has more than 35 years of experience in the performing arts, will direct the project and hold workshops for participants in order to guide them through the creative process. Workshops will include set design, puppetry, playwriting, acting, voice, singing, and so on.

“I don’t know yet what form this theatrical work will take, and that’s what I find the most exciting about this project. Over the course of the meetings with the students and community members, their ideas will take shape and evolve, leading to a final product that is completely unique,” said Pier Rodier, General Manager and Artistic Director.

The CECCE’s Chair, Johanne Lacombe, is confident the project will contribute to the renewal of francophone culture in Ottawa’s Lowertown. “This project will help strengthen ties with the francophone community in the neighbourhood, and highlight the cultural richness of the people who live there. It will also be a unique experience for the students at École Sainte-Anne, who will be creating a theatrical work that reflects the vitality of the francophone community and the multiculturalism of Lowertown.”

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