In 2019, Kwentong Bayan Collective and Caregiver Connections Education and Support Organization (CCESO) premiered their collaborative storytelling project, Re-imagining Stories of Care Work at Myseum Intersections. The event received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community.
For Myseum Intersections 2021, they will reunite and offer a new collaborative project called Here and There which is a prerecorded audio/visual/storytelling piece that will be live streamed on YouTube.
Join us to learn about the experiences of Migrant Care Workers who will share their stories.
These stories have been developed with the support of theatre artist, Karen Ancheta and digital storytelling facilitator, Christine Balmes. Kwentong Bayan Collective have responded to these stories with illustrations and audio soundscapes.
As a nature of their work, Migrant Workers already know how to socially distance – divide mind, body, heart, and spirit – when they are separated from their loved ones for years to work abroad. Through the art of community storytelling, we’ll explore the rhythms of this dual life; how love transcends time and space; and what we can all learn from this time of lockdown and revolution.
Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization (CCESO) is a volunteer, caregiver run organization that supports caregivers, newcomers, and migrant workers in Toronto since 2007. CCESO provides free programs and services including the Human Rights Advocacy Leadership Program at George Brown College. CCESO regularly use Popular Theatre Education for participants to gain knowledge and learn new skills.
Karen Ancheta a professional actor for 24 years and co-founder of Porch Light Theatre in Hamilton dedicated to the development and support of Youth, Emerging and Professional Theatre Artists/Storytellers. Karen’s selected onstage credits include Ligaya in HILOT MEANS HEALER (Cahoots / b current)), THROUGH THE BAMBOO (Uwi Collective) and an original member of the Hamilton 7.
Kwentong Bayan is an award-winning collective of two Toronto-based artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, whose artistic mandate is to explore a critical and intersectional approach to community based art, labour, and education. In the Filipino language, “kwentong bayan” is the literal translation of “community stories”. KBC has exhibited internationally and across Canada.
Kwentong Bayan Collective would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council