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PAMELA SCHULLER www.pamelaschuller.ca pamelaschuller8@gmail.com 416-463-6162

 

 

Seasoned Arts Educator and Mask Artist with 25+ years experience in mask work, theatre, dance and puppetry. Founded the organization Masque ( Pamela Schuller) in 1997 to explore personal and community development with schools, families, and other special interest groups through creative workshops in mask making and 3-D mural installations, and other multimedia.

 

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE·

Workshop Facilitator, Cultural Administration,  Collaborative Projects, Volunteer Coordination, Youth Program Design, Local Partnerships, Shadow Mask, Community Outreach, Festivals & Events

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COMMUNITY ARTS EXPERIENCE

Project Title & Location Description & Funding

2017- 2020

Story Stick Workshops, Mental Wellness Self Reflection and Storytelling.

Story stick workshops with themes of grief, life's journeys, goal setting, and breathwork. (Public) Women's groups, Stories of the Heart, Chile.
Mental Health support group, Dialectical Living, Toronto. Stepping Stones Women’s' Addiction Group. Thunderbay.

Storystick Workshops- Community Development

Interactive storytelling activity for all ages using yarn and sticks to reflect stories of their lives at: Cultural Hot Spot, East York Civic Center. Main Squared - Multi-Arts & Community Festival, Evergreen Brickworks. Funded by OAC, TAF, Evergreen Brickworks, Bain Co-op

2019

Community Story Stick Installation- Center for Social Innovation,

Members of CSI Center for Social Innovation braided wrapped and twisted threads while reflecting on building a resilient community. The strands were assembled onto a 7’ stick and mounted from the ceiling.

2016

Circles -Artist Residence with Gardiner Museum Toronto, ON

A collaboration with Pamela and May Chook. Participants were guided in constructing hoops from vines and weaving yarns into the hoops to reflect life’s stories and exploring voice through improvisational singing circles. Supported by Vibe Arts and the Gardiner Museum

2016

Masks and Puppets, Shelter Valley Folk Festival

Participants of all ages created 20 masks and collaboratively made a giant puppet for the festival parade. Funded by Shelter Valley Folk Festival

2015

Campfires Illumination Festival Weaving Hoops Installation Bain Co-op, Toronto

Developed and delivered workshops on weaving stories (in hoops) as part of the Bain Arts Collective’s one-night event hosting 300+ attendees. Provided administrative

 

 

support in the form of outreach and promotion in the weeks leading up to the event. Funded by TAC and OAC.

2015

Wind, Water, Sun, Wood Dawes Crossing, Toronto

Facilitated and promoted this project inviting community members to paint their interpretation of the elements defined in the Dawes Crossing sculpture. Displayed at East End Arts, funded by Dawes Solar Income.

2013

100th Anniversary – Homemade Stories Project

Bain Co-op, Toronto

Associate Artist – conducted puppet and mask creation workshops. Participated in developing and implementing a multi-media project. Funded by CAC, OAC, and TAC.

2012- 13

Tipi Teaching Project Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

With Marie Gaudet -First Nations culture teacher, created 3 tapestry Tipis with the community, conducted 12 culture and arts workshops with First Nations youth and 2 performance events. Funded by Evergreen Brickworks.

2011

Shadow Mask Making Workshop

South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Toronto

Taught Harm Reduction workers shadow mask-making workshops designed to assist survivors of trauma. Exhibit and launch at Metro Hall. Funded by SRCHC

2010

Artist Residency

Fairview Community Health Centre, Toronto

Created three, 3-D mural permanent installations with participants of all ages. Funded by TAC.

2007

Community Artist in Residence

Toronto Community Housing Company (TCHC), Toronto

Created mask and sculptures with Muslim families and children, seniors, and youth in the Warden Woods Community. Funded by TAC.

2006

Three Communities Mask Mosaic

TCHC Pelham, Symington Place, and 250 Davenport, Toronto

Artist in Residence with the TCHC Pelham, Symington Place, and 250 Davenport, with youth families and seniors. Created 2 giant masks, 60 masks. Three exhibits and a community parade. Funded by TAC and Live with Culture.

 

 


Additional Community Arts experience from 2002-2007 includes collaborations with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Earthroots, and the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre.

 

 

 

PROJECTS IN ARTS EDUCATION

Year Project Title & Location Description & Funding

2015- 2016

Medicine Wheel Mosaic and The Seven Sacred Grandfather Teachings

William Burgess School, and Blake Street School, Toronto

Facilitated the creation of a permanent installation on the theme of First Nations history. Coordinated collaborative work with 400+ students over several weeks.

2014

Sun Mosaic
Blake School, Toronto

Invited to lead the collaborative design and installation of a sun mosaic as part of the Model School Program.

2014

3D Mural
Leslieville School, Toronto

Partnered with this elementary school to create a large-scale indoor 3D mural with individual components designed and built by the student body.

2014

Pageant and Pow Wow
First Nations School of Toronto

Created 4 giant puppets, 20 rod puppets with students grade 1 to 8, for presentation in pageant at school pow wow. Funded by Vibe Arts and Jumblies Theatre.

2011- 2012

The Sewatahon'satat Project, Communication Literacy Project

5 schools in Toronto (TDSB) Grand Erie District School Board, (GEDSB), and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB)

Planned with the Aboriginal Education consultants, culture teachers, elders, and class teachers. Created 3D murals with 5 schools, grades 3 to 8.

Funded by OAC.

2008- 2009

Shadow Mask Workshops at TDSB schools. Kane Middle School, Elmbank Middle School,
Cosburn Middle School,

Worked with students to create shadow masks and written mask analysis, reaching over 500 students with three mask exhibits at the North York Civic Centre, TDBS offices, and at one branch.

Funded by Vibe Arts, TDSB and by OAC.

2008

Caribou Mask Project, in collaboration with Earthroots, and First Nations School Culture teacher Marie Gaudet

Various locations in Toronto

Worked with youth age 12 to 24 at First Nations School, Native Child Family Centre, Native Learning Centre, Central Tech Collegiate to create caribou masks. 3 mask exhibits and Run with the Caribou public outdoor event. Funded by OAC.

Additional Arts Education Projects include 14 years of annual Shadow Mask workshops at the E.A.S.T Public School funded by the TDSB, as well as nearly 20 3D mural installations across 4 school boards (TDSB, TDCSB, GEDSB and KPRDSB) between 1998-2014.