CCENA has had the honour of supporting a number of projects since its inception. The following list demonstrates the range of community-engaged narrative work in and around Hamilton. We encourage you to explore the links below and from the drop-down menu above to see some of the exciting projects CCENA has been able to support.

2018-2019

Agile Films Collective: Witches Bitches trailer

Peter Cockett (McMaster) of Agile Films Collective coordinated the film training of a group of McMaster students on a web series entitled Witches Bitches. CCENA supported the making of a trailer for the project featuring queer and youth of colour students as part of their film-making internship.


Hamilton Tenant Solidarity Network Newsletter

CCENA supported the Hamilton Tenant Solidarity Network’s (HTSN) first newsletter. The goal of this newsletter is to share the stories of working-class tenants in Hamilton and offer inspiration for the collective struggle for better conditions in their homes and lives. Click the above links to visit the HTSN website and read the newsletter.


10th Anniversary Issues of Hamilton Arts & Letters

In celebration of the Hamilton Arts & Letters’ 10th year, the magazine is launching a series of special issues, primary among them featuring an exchange between disabled poets in New Brunswick and Hamilton.

To read more about the issues, click the link above.
You can read the issues themselves on the Hamilton Arts & Letters website.


Short Film for Art Not Shame

CCENA supported the making of a featurette film that Art Not Shame can use to promote their work in suicide prevention among youth via art-making workshops.


Placing Attention Series and Broadsheet

Simon Orpana, Matt McInnes, and other artists will explore how we attend–to place, to others, to things–in a series of Long Tables and a broadsheet.


Spare Time? Reading Group

CCENA supported the making of Bahktinian Fridge Magnets to feature the reading group’s work at a conference.


Stories from Hamilton

This project, facilitated by artist Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, involved workshops in which community storytellers received performance and drama instruction as they develop storytelling skills.


2017-2018

Rasha Omran, Defy the Silence

CCENA contributed to the production of Defy the Silence, a digital book of poems published by Hamilton Arts & Letters. Friends of CCENA have been involved in all stages of this work, from Kim Echlin, who was a speaker at our very first Long Table gathering and who did the English poetry translations, to Paul Lisson, CCENA advisory committee member and organizer of countless narrative arts initiatives in Hamilton. Click the link above to read Omran’s collection.


The Brightside Project

Simon Orpana and Matt McInnes have been conducting interviews and focus groups with people who lived in the remarkable neighbourhood of Brightside, which lies under what is now the Stelco lands. They have been connecting stories with mapping methods to re-animate our memories of this key neighbourhood in Hamilton’s history.


Fellowship for Klyde Broox, Inventing the Performance Essay I

Klyde Broox has the extraordinary gift of being able to philosophize the tradition of dub even as he performs it. He has been inventing a new form, which he performed at the CCENA Long Table gathering: the performance essay.


Sarah Roger, Paul Barrett, and Jeremy Haynes: Digitally Reading Canada Reads

Sarah, Paul, and Jeremy studied the impact of CBC’s Canada Reads program on a wide public’s reading habits by tracking online blogs, book sales, book clubs, reviews, and other big data sources. You can view photos of their Long Table presentation on our website by clicking the link above.


Margaret Flood: Something Round

Artist and photographer Margaret Flood asked people on the Bruce Trail in Hamilton to give her a round object they found on the trail, plus a little story about the object or the trail. She spoke at a Long Table about the exhibitions she assembled from the impromptu community that gave her objects. The first exhibition was at the Assembly in 2017, and a second occurred in Summer 2018 at the Hamilton Public Library. View photos of her Long Table presentation and the series on our website.


Art, Philosophy, and Community-Based Innovation

CCENA brought inspiring social innovators Gord Tulloch (posAbilities, Vancouver), Nadia Duguay and Maxime G. Langlois (Exeko, Montreal), and Sarah Schulman (Inwithforward, Toronto) to Hamilton for a very special panel on the role of the arts in generating social inclusion, intellectual emancipation, and grounded change with these three out-of-the-box leaders in creating vibrant communities


Klyde Broox, Ode to My Postal Code

Klyde worked with a community of emerging poets, spoken word artists, and storytellers, creating a celebration of their codes & odes in a Long Table.


Red Hill Stories of Struggle

Jane Mulkewich and Scott Neigh headed up the project Red Hill Stories of Struggle. CCENA helped make connections with McMaster and public library archives to find the right home for the reams of documents retained from the actions of the environmental Red Hill protest groups of the 1990s and early 2000s.


2016-2017

Hamilton Arts & Letters 9.2: Special issue dedicated to Cees and Annerie van Gemerden

Paul Lisson and Fiona Kinsella, Hamilton Arts & Letters, received support for special issue 9.2 on the lifetime achievements of activist photographers Cees and Annerie van Gemerden. CCENA sponsored the hiring of eight essayists to write on the work of the van Gemerdens for HAL, the hosting of a celebration/exhibition of their work, and the funding of editing of the special issue of the magazine.

Click here to read more about the van Gemerdens.


Fellowship for Rick Hill, Tuscarora Artist, Historian, and Curator

CCENA supported Rick Hill’s work on a book on Haudenosaunee artist’s renderings of the Six Nations creation story. CCENA paid out Rick’s salary so he had a month of writing time to complete the manuscript for this book, which is now being worked in with Six Nations scholars’ collation of versions of the Creation Story.


Melissa Tanti, Special issue on Community Engagement with Hamilton Arts & Letters 10.2

CCENA enabled honoraria for six writers to produce essays and for the editing of this special issue, drawn from former CCENA Research Assistant Melissa Tanti’s experience working with CCENA and researching theory and practices of community engagement.


Writing Life: Bryan Prince Bookseller Interview Series

CCENA linked our local independent bookstore with grad students who could interview the store’s major incoming author for each fall. Before Bryan Prince closed in Spring 2018, we sponsored interviews with Eden Robinson and David Chariandy. Watch and listen to Kaitlin Debicki interview Eden Robinson on our website.