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Breaking new ground with ‘story’: concluding thoughts with Marta Singh


May 24

How would you describe your overall experience with Art Place?


What are some of the most significant things you’ve learned through out your project? How was your project a success?

This residency lent image, sound, meaning and feeling to how I can – and thank to this residency, will – take my art to the larger community. It afforded me artistic insights I could have never gleaned otherwise. It opened windows to everything that is possible – and that, thanks to this residency – I will endeavor to make possible, to bring art, artist and community together. It opened doors to people and resources that could support me in that endeavor. It put every single creative, artistic and professional belief to the test (not unlike the tests heroes and heroines meet in folktales and fairytales!). It drove me straight out of my known comfort zone and showed me how much larger and generous my available comfort zone turned out to be. It expanded, deepened and enriched every participant’s – including my own – understanding and experience of “story.”

What do you intend for audiences to see, experience, and think about when learning about your project?

If they work for an organization, I hope that they may consider hosting an artist in their midst. If they are artists, I hope that they consider applying for an Art Place Residency. If they are in a position that allows them to support these projects in any way, I hope that they be moved to support them. If they are funders, I hope that they will fund generously, in the knowledge that the reach of their generosity will span much, much further and deeper than numbers and charts will ever be able to show!

In what ways did or will the community benefit from your project?

Mine was the first project of this kind that OCISO had ever hosted. Much learning took place. Everyone was as interested as delighted in the idea that “their organization” could be the actual host of an artistic residency; that “their organization” and the arts at large could collaborate inside their doors. It took time to spark insights and it may take time to find the resources to fund them, but this project broke ground for them too, and they are already looking for wills and ways to make this collaboration part of their practice.

In your opinion, what did the participants learn from the project?

Every participant experienced “story” in a way that was different from what story had meant to them before. Every participant was stunned to discover how deeply an image can connect to a lifetime and how relevant a one-thousand year old fairytale may be today.

Do you have anything else you would like to share about your project or the program?

I would like to express my deepest gratitude for this opportunity and for the rock-solid support I was offered along the way.


Thanks for sharing / Merci d’avoir partagé!

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