ART PLACE 2016 – 2017: Marie Bilodeau – storytelling

Art Place Project

Community Partner: Estern Ottawa Resource Centre – Community Support Services

Participants: Seniors

Art Practice: Storytelling

Language: English

Description: During this project, I will work with participants to create their own story (personal or fictional), co-develop themes and images in a group setting, and then perform the story to others. It will be a fully rounded story creation and performance project, leading from the kernel of an idea to being able to share it in a cohesive and impacting fashion.

Artist Statement

I’m a strong believer that art is accomplished through hard work, introspection and determination. Art is best when seen as a chosen path instead of a calling, and everyone can partake of it.  Although some people choose to integrate it more fully into their life and career paths, everyone we encounter is an artist.  I love helping people discover, develop and embrace the artist within them.

I’m on a journey to try to survive fully from my artistic pursuits, by creating new materials and facilitating creation for others. I believe the modern artist can survive from their artistic pursuit alone, through a lot of hard work and passion.

About the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre:

The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre – Community Support is a community-based, non-profit organization that offers a wide range of social and community services to seniors in our community. Some of our services include meals on wheels, transportation, friendly visiting and the adult day program. The day program offers therapeutic, social and recreational programming in a group setting for frail, isolated or cognitively impaired older adults who still live at home. The program also offers respite time for the caregivers.





Project Updates

Third Year of Art Place Artist-in-residence Program Amplifies Voices in the Community – News Release

Creativity Breeds Creativity: Interview #1

Remembering Story: Blog Post #1

Working with Dementia Patients: 5 Stories, 3 Lessons – Blog Post #2

Stories as Shared Experiences – Blog Post #3

Art Needs Space to Breathe: Dementia and Storytelling – Interview #2

Embracing Silence as Story – Blog Post #4

That’s All I’m Going to Say About It – Blog #5

A Reflection on Art Place – Blog Post #6

Art Place Final Thoughts with Marie Bilodeau


About the Artist

Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based science-fiction, horror and fantasy author, with eight novels and a few short stories to her name.  She’s a four-time finalist for the Aurora Awards, and won the bronze medal in science-fiction in the Foreword Book Awards.  The native Montrealer is also professional performing storyteller.  Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Culture with a minor in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Marie mostly tells adaptations of fairy tales and myths, as well as original stories of her own creation.  She’s performed in multiple venues across Canada, including Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.


Facebook: @mariebilodeau

Twitter: @mariebilodeau

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