Cultural Mediation

Known for its cultural vitality, Vaudreuil-Dorion uses cultural mediation to create meeting spaces that will help strengthen ties between community members.

What is cultural mediation?

An essential practice used in the cultural development of a territory, cultural mediation consists in developing a variety of strategies and tools to improve access to artistic production and encourage citizen participation and cultural expression.

In Vaudreuil-Dorion, the "Je suis..." project is nothing less than a new way of seeing culture and living it in the community.

Video clips of introduction to cultural mediation

Serie of six introductory cultural mediation videos produced by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion as part of the cultural development agreement with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

Laureate of several national and international prizes for her cultural mediation project Je Suis..., the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is now recognized as one of the Cities of Agenda 21 for Culture by the worldwide network Cities and Governments United Local Government (UCLG) in addition to having won, in 2016, the prestigious International Prize - UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21.

Expert (research, texts and animation): Michel Vallée. Production: Kinescope. Camera: Eric Filiatreault. His: René Portillo. Editing: Patrick Richard and Antony Vannapho. Director: Natalie Poirier

La médiation culturelle 1 : C'est quoi?

La médiation culturelle 2 : La rencontre

La médiation culturelle 3 : L'acteur

La médiation culturelle 4 : L'agent de changement

La médiation culturelle 5 : Le processus (1 de 2)

La médiation culturelle 6 : L'agent de changement (2 de 2)

Mozaïk Parade

The Mozaïk parade, which takes place every June 23, is a collective creation by citizens, cultural organizations, community groups and businesses in collaboration with local artists. It brings together nearly 1,000 participants. In Vaudreuil-Dorion, the people's creativity is given free rein. Artists take the lead, helping citizens of all generations, nationalities, cultural origins and walks of life to create a parade entry that expresses who they are. The Mosaïk parade is a unique cultural mediation initiative that creates a space where artists and the public can work together in a tangible way.

If we were to meet! Cultural mediation – The Vaudreuil-Dorion Model

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Written by Michel Vallée, director of the Recreation and Culture Department at the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion from 2009 to 2020, the book If we were to meet! Cultural mediation – The Vaudreuil-Dorion Model was officially launched in June 2019. You can consult the book, or get a hard copy, at the municipal library or obtain an electronic copy (in French, English or Spanish) by following this link.

For nearly 10 years, Vaudreuil-Dorion has been one of the cities that have given cultural mediation a chance to show its worth. This book is both a user manual and a portrait of a changing community that chose culture as a way of bringing its people together and envisioning a different kind of future. Michel Vallée, widely considered one of the pioneers of cultural mediation in Québec, has but one desire: to allow citizens everywhere to go out and meet their community and its culture.

2020 Cultural Mediation Projects

Among the proposals submitted for 2020, the Culture Committee of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has chosen to support those of the following artists.

Projects Artist or organization

Le Jardin secret
During the summer of 2019, at 405 Saint-Charles, several citizens participated in workshops to create epoxy flowers. The Table de concertation des aînés de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, as part of the
of National Seniors' Day, offered its members the opportunity
to take part in the project with the "Links in a City Brighten Us Up" component. The objective of these workshops was to highlight the unifying role of seniors in the community. The garden will be on display all summer long, hoping to bring colour into the lives of passers-by.

 

Sonia Haberstich in collaboration with citizens, including Grand rassemblement des aînés de
Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Centre communautaire des aînés de Soulanges, aînés de Pincourt and 
Parrainage civique.

L'Envolée
Artistic action of ten artists from Vaudreuil-Dorion who have
received the mandate to create a bird ready to fly in order to share
the hope of happier days. Each bird is the bearer of a message
that in community takes on its full meaning. Life returns
to normal, what could be better than a surge of hope for
celebrate the summer season!

Lucie Bisson, Monica Brinkman, Diane Collet,
Philippe Corriveau, Stéphan Daigle,
Annouchka Gravel-Galouchko, Luzon,
John McRae, Deidre Potash, Tina Struthers

Jardin arc-en-ciel
Children's drawings, which represent the values of the school
Saint-Michel, inspired the artist in the creation of the works, which can be admired on the concrete blocks at the entrance of the school. The result of a collaboration between the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs, the new development
of the school's front yard provides a safe trail and a
play area for children.

 

The artist Lundi Radieux in collaboration students of Saint-Michel school and participants of the
Club Ados d’Animation Jeunesse.

Souffle de ma communauté

Two-phase project, initiated by Monica Brinkman in 2016
with the collaboration of Zone de Graff (Youth Committee
The Presqu'Île), with the objective of giving a new
life in the tunnels.

In 2017, bubbles were created by and for citizens. They each have a different meaning that represents the community. Ten other artists were added to the project.

 

The project was restored in 2020.

 

Monica Brinkman, Zone de Graff (Comité jeunesse
La Presqu’Île), Jean-Noël Bilodeau, Roxane Bilodeau, Lucie Bisson, Cosk, Bobby Gosselin,
Sonia Haberstich, John McRae, Céline Poirier, Deirdre Potash et Tina Struthers

A few past projects

Unité dans la diversité

Permanent Public Art Work at Place Dumont

This work by artist Tina Struthers refers to the UCLG International Mexico City Prize won by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion in 2016. It takes the form of seven sails of boats, representing the seven continents, symbols of movement, migration and new adventures. On the sails is replicated on a large scale a sampling of different traditional and ethnic fabrics to highlight and value our differences. These mosaics of fabrics were created during cultural mediation workshops with citizens of Vaudreuil-Dorion.

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Le bonheur d'apprendre

Urban furniture located at the Jardin des générations, at the corner of rue des Muguets and Laure-Gaudreault

This permanent urban art work in the form of furniture was produced by AUTAM members and artist Tina Struthers to mark the 25th anniversary of the organization's existence. The files and seats tell the story of the members of the last three decades, from an education point of view. The work is composed of photographs and texts in the form of collage.

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Ces femmes de cœur

Mural installed on the building serving as a place for the Cercle de fermières, rue des Loisirs

Mural on wood panels created by the members of the Cercle de fermières, the partners of the organization and the artist Céline Poirier.

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S'enraciner

Located in Esther-Blondin park

Creation of sculptural artworks by artists Sonia Haberstich and Monica Brinkman in collaboration with citizens of diverse cultural communities. Structures represent caring, listening and discovering each other.

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Le Souffle de ma communauté

Works located in the pedestrian tunnels near Valois Street, in the Dorion area

Project in two phases, initiated by Monica Brinkman in 2016 with the collaboration of Zone de Graff (Comité Jeunesse La Presqu'Île), with the aim of giving new life to the pedestrian tunnels in the Dorion sector. In 2017, bubbles were created by various citizen groups and artists Céline Poirier, Lucie Bisson, Jean-Noël Bilodeau, John McRae, Roxane Bilodeau, Monica Brinkman, Deirdre Potash, Sonia Haberstich and Tina Struthers. Each of the bubbles has a meaning of its own.

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Travaillons ensemble (let's work together)

A work located at the corner of Chemin Paul-Gérin-Lajoie and Avenue Saint-Charles

Artists Tina Struthers and Monica Brinkman created a work linking the Vaudreuil-Dorion of yesteryear to the urban city it is today. They wanted to use mosaic to turn a 1949 tractor into a symbol of the history of Vaudreuil-Dorion and its farmlands. The result? Some 500 small mosaic tiles adorn the tractor—a tribute to the participants in the cultural mediation initiatives and to memories of days gone by.

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Nourrir ses rêves II (feed your dreams II)

A mural painted on the Rue Valois overpass, at the corner of Avenue Saint-Charles

The "Nourrir ses rêves II" mural was proposed to encourage people to cooperate, dialogue and take a fresh look at our community. Madeleine Turgeon, with her unquenchable desire to democratize art by integrating it into our living environment, has proposed a series of art workshops with some 20 young people from Carrefour jeunesse-emploi to offer them an enriching experience while beautifying a much-neglected area of ​​the city.

The mural, composed of faces with big eyes representing the perspectives and dreams of these young people, evokes resilience in the face of difficulty. Their expressive eyes and smiles remind us that we must not abandon our dreams and that the future is here.

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