Youth From the Valley
This multimedia project has been created through a partnership between the Bert Fox Composite High School in Fort Qu’Appelle and the Mendel Art Gallery. Through a series of workshops conducted with a multimedia artist, several students have created online artworks that address their perspectives on the history of Qu’Appelle Valley.
Bert Fox Composite High School is located in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. It has a student population of around 425 students in grades seven to twelve, who live in surrounding areas, First Nations, and the town of Fort Qu’Appelle itself. It is a community school, eager to open its doors to the neighborhood in order to provide a caring environment that nurtures responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
Bert Fox Composite High School has gained a reputation for producing high-quality grassroots projects. These online projects caught the attention of the Mendel Art Gallery, and a collaborative new media project emerged. Art teacher Mr. Andy Edwards and Principal Mr. Rick Todd were instrumental in engaging the rest of the school’s interest and garnering support for the project. The Mendel Art Gallery brought in new media artist and instructor Jennifer Hamilton to lead workshops with a select group of students who excel in drama, filmmaking, art, writing, dreaming, storytelling, skateboarding, map making, as well as other creative pursuits. Neutral Ground Artist in Residence Linda Surjk and the Mendel Art Gallery’s Webmaster Michael Zajac provided technical assistance.
Students Kaitlen Yee, Amy Drummond, Jolani Lombard, Laurel Keepness, Lerissa Carter, Jordan Schmit, and Brittany Mooney were chosen for the project. During the month of May 2002, they developed their ideas about being teenagers in the Qu’Appelle Valley today. Each student chose a location in the Valley from which to “speak” from, connecting these sites together to form a virtual constellation that guides visitors of the World Wide Web to the Qu’Appelle Valley.