The Existence Project began on the assertion that personal narratives have the power to connect individuals across socioeconomic boundaries, and that the rich creative ability of our community is the most effective tool we can wield against the shame and isolation that separates individuals from themselves and their peers.
We envision The Existence Project as a widely replicated, transformational process that is delivered throughout Greater Victoria and across Canada.
WHAT WE DO
Our work takes place on the unceeded territory of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
The Existence Project runs storytelling workshops for marginalized people and community members who care: students, professional creatives and changemakers. Each workshop features a storyteller with a transformative experience of poverty, mental illness, addiction, or trauma. After a group discussion we build relationship to the story and each other through collaborative dialogue, drawing and writing. By sharing the voices of our participants with the public we bring hidden perspectives into community spaces.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist