Marie Bilodeau

Art Place Final Thoughts with Marie Bilodeau

This year, visual artist Marie Bilodeau ran a series of storytelling workshops with the senior’s day program at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre as part of the Art Place program. … Read More / Suite

A Reflection on Art Place – Blog Post #6

My project is over as I write this. It’s been an interesting, unpredictable ride. From having to throw out my entire plan to adapting to my participants’ needs, from attempting … Read More / Suite

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

The most striking stories shared during my Art Place residency were always followed by the words: and that’s all I’m going to say about it. Wait, what stories, you may … Read More / Suite

Embracing Silence as Story – Blog Post #4

In storytelling, we’re taught that silences seem longer when on stage because our job as storytellers is to fill that silence. We’re there to entertain, educate, enlighten, or at least tell. Silences are seen as a space of non-telling. Because without words, there is no story.

Art Needs Space to Breathe: Dementia and Storytelling, Art Place Interview #2 with Marie Bilodeau

In Art Place 2016 , Marie Bilodeau By Art Place Editor / February 9, 2017

Marie Bilodeau has been leading storytelling workshops with seniors who have dementia at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre day program. Her Art Place project has changed a fair bit over the last few months so we sat down to find out what she has learned and where it is going.

Stories as Shared Experiences – Blog Post #3

In Art Place 2016 , Marie Bilodeau By Marie Bilodeau / January 18, 2017

Art, traditionally, requires some form of active participation. The brush must touch the canvas, the pen must ink the page, the words must tumble from the tongue…but, if guided art from week-to-week was proving not only difficult, but stressful on the learners, then it obviously wasn’t the way to go. It was time to adapt my own expectations and plan to fit my groups, since I was the one who could adapt more easily.

Working with Dementia Patients: 5 Stories, 3 Lessons

In Art Place 2016 , Marie Bilodeau By Marie Bilodeau / January 17, 2017

Progress with my groups (see the first post) has been slow and full of interesting challenges. Uncertain how best to proceed following my first couple of workshops, I did the only thing any self-respecting individual with absolutely no clue how to proceed can do: I did some research (woo!)

Remembering Story – Blog Post #1

In Art Place 2016 , Marie Bilodeau By Marie Bilodeau / March 2, 2017

Story Mosaics We are all made of stories. Some we share regularly as funny moments, jokes, or lessons learned.  Some happened to us, and some we heard and made our … Read More / Suite

Le programme d’artistes en résidence Place d’Art permettra d’amplifier des voix de la communauté pour une troisième année

Huit artistes d’Ottawa vont créer et dialoguer en collaboration avec des résidents grâce à des projets artistiques communautaires engagés ­­ Ottawa (Ontario) Lors d’un événement de réseautage qui a eu … Read More / Suite

Creativity Breeds Creativity: Art Place Interview #1 with Marie Bilodeau

Marie Bilodeau is an oral storyteller and fantasy writer. This year for Art Place she will be in residence with a senior’s day program at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre … Read More / Suite