Some of what people love most about Carlington and their neighbours is about to be unveiled.
The Humans of Carlington project, modelled after the viral Humans of New York website that tells the stories of everyday people alongside a photograph, will be part of the Carlington Arts Initiative’s Fall Art Showcase at the Alexander Community Centre on Nov. 26, from 2 p.m. 4 p.m.
Where it differs from the popular New York project is that the subjects are asked about what they love most about their neighbourhood.
At a time when Carlington has struggled with violent incidences, including homicides and stabbings, Linda Vanderlee, co-ordinator of the Carlington Arts Initiative, said it’s the perfect time to show off why people love the community.
“It’s so important to remember the so many more positive things happening in the community,” Vanderlee said. “We need to keep our energy on that and the beauty and kindness and goodness.”
Vanderlee is delighted the project, which started at the initiative’s May fun day, will make a public debut at the showcase, alongside other Carlington artist’s works. About 12 of the current stories will be showcased, including that of the project’s photographer Patrick Garcia-Lozano.
Vanderlee turned the camera on Garcia-Lozano to hear what he would want people to know about him. "I’m a really shy guy so I find it hard to get involved as much as I could… Taking pictures of people here today was difficult, but it was a good experience.”
His answers and the others, are proof the project is worth continuing, Vanderlee said.
Vanderlee is still working on the lineup for the showcase, but has a choir, band, singers, poets, sculptors and visual artists signed up – all from Carlington.
The event is free, and artists and spectators of all ages are invited to participate and attend.
“It will be a good time and an opportunity to meet the neighbours and interact with their own creative community,” she said.
Being a first-time occasion, Vanderlee is organizing it so when people arrive they can grab some food and check out the visual art pieces, before sitting down for the live showcase.
The Carlington Arts Initiative began about three years ago to bring the arts community in Carlington together.
Vanderlee said it’s her mandate to “connect the community through the arts.”
The showcase is her newest way of reaching out to artists and the broader community.
Vanderlee is still looking for performers and artists and has asked that anyone interested contact her before Nov. 19. Volunteers are also encouraged to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.