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GAIA travelling exhibition now launched in Montreal

Credit: Heidi Hollinger

September 2, 2011

The opening of the GAIA travelling exhibition took place on September 1st in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles.

In September 2009, Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil® and architect of ONE DROP, undertook a groundbreaking, ground-leaving adventure of a lifetime by becoming Canada’s first private explorer in space and the first to engage in a Poetic Social Mission. From this journey has arisen GAIA, a rare and fascinating photograph collection of true natural works of art.

Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, Fondation Desjardins and ONE DROP are proud to present the GAIA travelling exhibition in Montreal until October 10, 2011. It will then be showcased in Quebec City and Toronto, allowing the Canadian public to admire large-scale renderings of sixty of these incredible photographs taken from a distance of more than 350 kilometres from the Earth.

The GAIA travelling exhibition illustrates the fragility of a resource vital to all humans. Through art, it seeks to raise visitors’ awareness on our planet’s water-related issues.

Thanks to the money raised by the sale of the GAIA works of art, ONE DROP will be able to continue its mission.


Sneak preview of the multidisciplinary show in Haiti

August 26, 2011

The sneak preview of the multidisciplinary show “Ayiti pawòl lapli ak lakansyèl”, produced by ONE DROP and Atelier Toto B and directed by Dieuvéla Etienne, took place on August 19, 2011, in Haiti's Minister of Culture and Communication’s gardens.

Following the earthquake of January 12, 2010, ONE DROP wanted to give the Haitian people the opportunity to be heard as part of the popular education component of ONE DROP’s water access and sanitation project. In collaboration with Théâtre des Petites Lanternes, the script of the play “Ayiti pawòl lapli ak lakansyèl” was developed through a word collection initiative conducted in January 2011. The play addresses the themes of the earthquake, water, reconstruction and the beauty of Haiti.

In the context of reconstruction, social arts can play a decisive role in rebuilding social ties through new spaces for dialogue. “Children, the young and not-so-young, men and women—all continue to inspire us with the courage and resilience they have shown in meeting the challenges they faced in 2010. ONE DROP fully supports the people of Haiti,” stated Lili-Anna Pereša, Executive Director of ONE DROP.

ONE DROP’s three-year project in Haiti targets the Léogâne area, which was largely destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. The scope of damages, especially the vast number of rural dwellers suffering from an alarming lack of access to clean drinking water, convinced ONE DROP to undertake this project in cooperation with its partner in the field, Oxfam-Québec.

Source:
Katherine Adams
Communications Director, ONE DROP
Telephone: +1 514-723-7646, ext. 7029
Email: katherine.adams@onedrop.org 

AQUA: Expos, ECSITE-ment and Discovery

July 18, 2011

As AQUA enjoys its first foray outside of Canada as part of the programming of New Zealand’s Auckland Museum (June 24 to October 24, 2011), ONE DROP continues to evaluate potential sites for its travelling multisensory experience. ONE DROP’s special projects manager (AQUA), Geneviève Lussier, will be spending 2011 attending internationally renowned museum-organized conferences along with ONE DROP colleagues.

Geneviève’s first stop was Houston, Texas (USA), for the American Association of Museums’ Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo (May 22 to 25, 2011), where museum professionals from the U.S. and 50 other countries come together every year to enjoy networking opportunities and special events. Her next stop was Warsaw, Poland, for the European Collaborative for Science Industry and Technology Exhibitions’ (ECSITE) Annual Conference 2011 (May 26 to 28, 2011), which welcomes every year a network of European science centre and museum professionals from more than 400 institutions in 50 countries.

A very inspiring visit to El Salvador

July 18, 2011

This week, Caroline Hardy, Project Manager for the AZULA Fund, and Tania Vachon, Project Manager in Central America for ONE DROP, are in El Salvador for a series of follow-up meetings with partners in the field.

Monday and Tuesday, they visited the families that are participating in the water and sanitation activities, and that will over the next few days be setting up their gardens to take full advantage of the rainy season, currently in full swing. Some of these families have already expressed their desire to also take advantage of the microfinance program to produce more or to start raising pigs for sale to make extra income.

They also attended a coordination meeting for all the project partners for a progress update, and to make sure that all the partners know how far along everyone else is in the advancement of their activities. These meetings also build more synergy between organizations participating in the project.

They then attended a water-themed artistic workshop in the community of Alto de Aguacate with a group of some 30 teens. Despite the heat and the sun, the youths participated enthusiastically in the three-hour workshop, which took place in a field not far from the school.

The administration and follow-up committee of the AZULA Fund, which is managed by ONE DROP, held its first meeting in the offices of Adel MORAZAN—the partner in charge of managing the funds. The committee’s operating protocol was approved at this meeting. Afterwards, all the participants headed to El Rodeo, the community hosting the “Cuentos de Camino Real” show. The seventh performance of the show went off without a hitch, except for the rain, which threatened the proceedings. Luckily, the show finished as scheduled, to the great pleasure of the 150 people or so in attendance.

New Facebook Youth Site

July 18, 2011
June 2011 saw ONE DROP roll out a virtual welcome mat to the world’s younger supporters of our cause with a Facebook site brimming with activities, multimedia and discussions that fulfill their interests and needs. Just as we have been doing with ONE DROP’s original Facebook page, our new site will work to sensitize today’s youth to our mission, suggest actions they may take to further preserve water, and develop and promote dialogue among members. ONE DROP’s new Facebook page will feature contests, videos, games, news about the water challenges we face across the planet, uploads and a microsite highlighting information about the water crisis, and links to ONE DROP’s various youth projects and initiatives. Our first contest asks our new friends to suggest a name for this new, youth-oriented Facebook site.

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