Alt title: In Support of Art in the Schools
Several local artists were commissioned by the Victoria Foundation to create short videos reflecting on themes and arguments presented in their 2011 Vital Signs report. The Vital Signs report establishes a series of benchmarks concerning the Environment, Arts & Culture, Housing and Safety against which the community's overall health and progress can be measured. Interpreting the section on 'Learning', our group set out to address the ongoing fight to keep art education in public schools. Inspiration was found in local examples, including a group of school children who lobbied their administrators to keep music in the curriculum after suggestions that the program would be cut, and a local highschool graduate whose achievement was recognized by the Victoria Symphony in becoming their first ever "Splash Young Composer," Jared Richardson who composed the score for the video and whose story appears in the closing credits.
In the video, connections are drawn between what are typically taught as disparate subjects: music & math. The interconnectedness of these two subjects is symbolically defied by an authoritative hand which forcibly separates the disciplines, and proceeds to nurture only the "academic" side (math). In the end, first one small hand and then a whole rush of children's hands appear to fight the imposed divide, reuniting arts and academics resulting in a final flurry of creative expression.
As far as the art & rendering of the project, chalk drawings & primitivism were employed to connect the story to an elementary/public school setting. A conceptual/symbolic approached was settled upon to ground the story firmly in arts practice, allowing the images & music to to convey the core themes.
"These short films screened before some of the Canadian features at the 2012 Victoria Film Festival. As a registered non-profit and charity the Victoria Film Festival has the duty of presenting viewers with films that question and challenge, educate and inform." - Victoria Film Festival
To watch the other submission, visit the Victoria Film Festival's Vimeo Channel
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