Stories and pictures build community and create understanding. Through them, people who have taken different roads to create a home in Vancouver are able to share memories and create a lived history of place and space. Project CLIC: Creating Liveable and Interactive Communities was aimed at creating more welcoming and inclusive neighbourhoods by exploring the stories, photographs and experiences of citizens, one ‘clic’ at a time.
On October 4th, twenty-two people came together to share pizza together and talk about the ideas of the project. Each person was paired with a partner, given a disposable camera, a list of suggestions to guide them and a Photo Story form to record their experiences and stories. Suggestions from the list included things like: something that makes you laugh, a place you love to go, something you would love to learn more about, what this community needs. Throughout the next two weeks, each photojournalist would choose 4 topics from the list of questions and take 12 photographs. Then they arranged to get the camera to their photo buddy so they could shoot their 12 images.
As a wrap up and celebration, each of the photographers and their guests were invited to a dinner and Sharing Circle to view the photographs and share stories. In small groups people discussed the photos and reflected on what they say about the community we live in and the experiences of our neighbours. The conversation was lively, emotional and supported everyone in getting to better know one another.
Project Clic was animated by Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, with support from Van City, Fresh Slice Pizza, ABCD Vancouver and the citizens of Mount Pleasant.
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