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We Already Know the Way: Object, Poetry and Sense with Jillian Christmas

March 2022 – June 2022
Fridays, flexible start times

Join award winning author, spoken word artist, musician and creative facilitator, Jillian Christmas, as we venture through the worlds of nature, culture, and self. Designed for grades 6–12, this workshop takes place over two progressive two-hour sessions, one virtual and one presented in-person at MOA.

Drawing inspiration from chosen items found in our own homes, as well as those found within the grounds and cases of MOA, students will utilize written and spoken word to explore connecting concepts of community, belonging, and lineage. The Museum is located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam people and we will engage with that knowledge as a necessary compass, asking participants to locate themselves and their experience in the context of that knowledge.

In addition to the two workshop sessions, this series also includes an invitation to perform during a culminating event, presented inside the galleries of the Museum of Anthropology. Final creations can also be submitted for display on the MOA website. These may provide a wonderful chance for students who are preparing for other oratory school presentations, including Poetry in Voice and Hullabaloo: youth spoken word festival.

For more information or to book this program, please contact education@moa.ubc.ca.

  • Fee: $550/class + taxes
  • Grades: 6–12
  • Duration: 4 hours (2 hours digital, 2 hours in-person)
  • Flexible start times
  • Limit of 1 class (max. 30 students) per workshop