Deadline Extended to March 31, 2021!

Interpreting experience through art...

Infectious Tales is a multi-generational community art project based in Parkland County, Alberta, Canada. The project was co-designed and run by the RATS Youth Mental Health Advisory Council, and brings together community members from Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County to explore and artistically express their experiences from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this project, we invite you to interpret interviews through your art. The project is rooted in oral histories of local community members. These histories were collected through a mix of live, in-person interviews and remote (Zoom) interviews. Local artists are invited to interpret and create art based on a specific interview. Their art will be shared online and (where possible) through partner sites in the region.

Infectious Tales is a project rooted in resiliency and relationship-building. It brings people together in ways that respect social distancing to share their stories. The underlying purpose of the project is to share experience as a cathartic practice, but also as a beacon of hope as we enter the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The art from this project is intended to be an interruption and a reminder that we are all working through this, and even if we’re alone we’re still together.

Five Questions

Members of the RATS Youth Advisory Council decided on five questions that they felt embodied the spirit of this project:

  1. How has COVID-19 impacted your daily life?
  2. What did you underappreciate before COVID that you appreciate more now?
  3. How will the pandemic change society once it’s over? 
  4. How did isolation effect you and how has this impacted your relationships with family and friends?
  5. What pre-COVID memory keeps you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

Key Partners

This project is made possible thanks to funding from Heritage Canada and the participation of project partners at Parkland School Division, the Town of Stony PlainRATS Youth Advisory Council, Alberta Parenting for the Future Association, Coordinated Suicide Prevention ProgramWestview Primary Care Network, Stony Plain FCSS, Stony Plain Youth Centre. Special thanks to Whispering Waters Manor, Stony Plain Farmers Market, and the Stony Plain Public Library, for letting us record interviews with their patrons, members, and stakeholders. 

The project is being coordinated by Jason Gondziola, a local community-based artist and member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. To learn more about his work, visit newshoe.ca.

Town of Stony Plain Parkland School Division RATS Youth Advisory Council Stony Plain Public Library  Alberta Parenting for the Future Association

Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program Westview Primary Care Network Stony Plain Youth Centre 

With funding from the Government of Canada