Dream Agreement partnered with Heritage Community Association for a year-long (October 2014- June 2015) artist in residence program. Dream Agreement‘s residency was based on the following inquiry: “How can the principles of improvisation—acceptance, adaptability, support, and creative expression – enhance the lives of Heritage Community residents?” This question was addressed through the Heritage Improv Project (HIP).
The residency directly benefited residents of Heritage Community by offering adaptable and flexible arts & culture programming. The residency was also beneficial to Dream Agreement as it directly supported their goals to provide cultural ambassadorship, community outreach, and mentorship within Regina.
Johanna Bundon and Jayden Pfeifer (Dream Agreement) took up residency within the Heritage Community Association on 11th Ave, so as to contribute to the culture of HCA on an ongoing basis. Over the course of 9 months, community members had an open invitation engage with Johanna and Jayden at the HCA offices during office hours
. The goals of Dream Agreement and HCA are so closely interrelated, and we feel that our personal practices are a natural fit to take deeper root within Heritage Community.
This Artist in Residence is a Creative Partnership program supported through the collaboration of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and financial support from Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture, and Recreation.
What does HIP (Heritage Improv Project) do?
– The workshops taught to Community Partners during the residency will be grounded in the tradition of improvisation, and will be designed in a flexible manner that responds to the needs expressed by each of the Community Partners.
– The 1st Annual HIP Symposium would be a day-long event designed to draw together HIP participants, partner organizations, and community stakeholders for workshops and panel discussions related to improvisation. The symposium will seek to allow Heritage Community residents and HIP participants to become known to each other, and share their skills and experiences.
– Johanna and Jayden are both staunch believers in the value of supporting the growth of young artists, and ensuring there is a venue for them to share their abilities. They hope the opportunity to mentor a selection of young artists within this residency will prove intensely valuable for similar projects in the future, and will contribute to the legacy of HIP beyond the residency term.
4. Knowledge Exchange
– Johanna and Jayden are seeking to undertake training available through the identified Community Partners made through HIP. There is much these organizations can offer Dream Agreement through a wider understanding of the context of their work.
5. Cultural Appreciation
– Dream Agreement will accompany HIP participants to events within Regina’s arts & culture communities. Johanna and Jayden will curate a set of performances and events that can provide positive examples of individuals embodying the guiding principles of improvisation: acceptance, adaptability, support, and creative expression.