Strathcona Elders were interviewed by students from Strathcona Elementary School's as part of community art project Telling Stories in collaboration with BestB4 Collective. Participating students on this interview assignment are from teacher Annie Simard's grade 4/5 class. They interviewed George Chow, Hilda Ho, Peggy Lee, Beverly Nann, Leander Szeto, Joe Wai, Bill Wong, Bing Wong and Larry Wong.
Telling Stories—a visual art exhibition presents stories by nine visual artists working in photography, fibre, painting, sculpture and installation is an exhibition designed to invite viewers into the gallery space to tell their own stories. Strathcona students had the opportunity to explore the visual stories as well as listen to stories from elders who grew up in the community presenting the exhibition.
The students interviewing elders and listening to their stories have woven connections across generations and cultures. They have heard details about long, interesting lives that help students learn community history. Most of the elders attended Strathcona Elementary School, and in their interviews, students learned about what has changed and what remains the same. These interviews will be published on a future blog and displayed in the foyer of the Vancouver School Board in the New Year.
Joe Wai tells Strathcona students about architecture in their community