This project started with 200 cards placed in the mail boxes of residents of Williamsville district in Kingston Ontario. The cards asked if residents would like to participate in discussions concerning their neighbourhood and if they consented to having these conversations recorded. Over the course of four months, artists Christine Dewancker and Phoebe Cohoe met with residents in the neighbourhood and these conversations were recorded by filmmaker Sebastian Back.
Using the discussions generated from these meetings, the imagery for the mural was formed. The ethos of this project is based in the belief that everyone has something to contribute. The resulting mural serves as a reflection of these contributions.
Click here to watch the video of the project.
The questions posed to residents were:
How long have you lived in Kingston? How long have you lived in this residence?
What sorts of changes have you observed throughout your time here?
What do you like about this neighbourhood?
What in your opinion makes a good neighbourhood?
Do you have any fond memories attached to this place?
What are some of the problems you face living in this area of town?
Do you feel like you are able to contribute to changing these problems? If yes- how? If no- why not?
Is it important to you to have relationships with your neighbours?
How do the people living near you affect your life here?
What sorts of things would you like to see happen in this neighbourhood?