By Felicia Tugak, IAYI Intern

On Wednesday, November 23, the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts hosted a wonderful night of celebration at the McGill University Education Building. It was the celebration of bringing the Education Building to life with different kinds of art displays. There were wonderful self-portraits made by students hanging on the wall, a nice presentation of the Mural made by Jimmy, youth, and students. The youth and students were also rewarded with a certificate of participation for the mural.  Lori gave a speech on keeping/sharing your grandmother’s recipes as an art showcase in the library’s Art Hive, and last but not least there were incredible performances during the event.

Kama – Spoken Word

As she spoke, fireworks went on for nearly 7 minutes, great pulsing strobes, fiery dandelions and starburst of light brightening both sky and water. It was hard to tell which was reality and which was reflection as if there were two displays.


Pamela – Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Such a perfect time to end the performances. She had a lovely voice, like listening to the angels sing. She brought the audience to sing along with her. It calmed everyone down before the night was over for the event.


We listened to poetry written and performed by Mitch and then we moved to the library space to view Laurel’s exhibition, “Remembering Wade in the Water.”


We ended the event with Lori’s fascinating idea to have write recipes on kitchen towels and on the wall.  The idea of it was it to have the recipes written on the wall to show culture identities and information passed onto you. Even if the wall is covered up, the information will be kept as a secret. I thought it was a really cool idea.

The true purpose of arts is to express your feelings. No matter how small or mundane, each drawing and little essay you write to commemorate an event or an object or a place makes it all the more special.