Guillaume Jabbour spends his time recording and touring with his main band aptly named Jabbour, facilitating audio art workshops with youth, and fulfilling administrative duties as the project lead for ELAN ArtistsInspire Grants. On stage, Guillaume and his bandmates use music and storytelling as a means of bringing people together. As an Art Educator, he aims to encourage participants to take creative risks and use sound art to express themselves and develop a deeper connection with their sonic environment. As administrator of the ArtistsInspire Grants project, Guillaume not only has the chance to create opportunities for Quebec artists and schools, but he also enjoys combining his two main passions: art and education. He lives with his wife and two children in the Laurentians where he can often be seen with a handheld recorder waiting for the perfect moment to capture the lonely call of the loon.
“I’ve often been called a “rassembleur” – one who brings people together. This works out well for the work I do with the ELAN ArtEd team. It brings me great joy to bring schools and artists together for the purpose of realizing an arts and culture project. It is also a pleasure working with artists to help them tailor their workshops and discuss pedagogy as it relates to art workshop facilitation – the perfect combination of art and education.” Guillaume Jabbour
Recent projects include:
- Audio Storytelling and Sound Art project at Sainte Agathe Academy (Winter 2021)
- Carling Lake – Jabbour’s 3rd studio album (May 2021)
Louise Campbell is a Montreal-based musician whose professional hats range from clarinetist to cultural mediator, community arts facilitator to musicians’ health therapist. As a Teaching Artist, Louise uses the arts to encourage students’ sense of wonder, understanding of themselves and their experiences, and engagement in the world. She facilitates music, sound, and multidisciplinary arts from early childhood education to adult education, in-person and online. She is a Teaching Artist and Public Relations and Communications consultant for ELAN Art Ed.
“I am passionate about the ways in which art can foster self-discovery and expression in individuals, and build empathy and understanding between people. ELAN ArtEd gives me an opportunity to participate in a community of like-minded people who value arts and education. I fulfill my role as Public Relations and Communications consultant to help bring together artists, teachers and students, and share the wonderful art-making that occurs in these exchanges.” Louise Campbell
Recent projects include:
- Stories of Care, a podcasting series with the C.A.R.E Centre, a recreational centre for adults with severe physical disabilities, 2020
- Fair Jenny Alone, for at home choir (2020)
Barbara von Thaden
Barb von Thaden honed her high level of organization skills during 20 years working as an Executive Legal Secretary. After having children, she became Planning Assistant at the Canadian Space Agency, a role that involved matching educators and students with astronauts and scientists within the CSA Distance and Tele-Learning program. Having discovered an interest in education, she and Christie Huff developed extra-curricular lunch and after-school programs designed to enrich the learning experiences of St. Lambert Elementary School students through the Community Learning Center (CLC).
“Working with ELAN ArtEd has allowed me to discover how implicated artists are at different levels of the school system, and what their contributions make to the young minds of students. The artists encourage young talents to evolve and look into their own possibilities, discovering things they may not have the opportunity to know about themselves in their daily lives. ELAN ArtEd is opening many windows for Quebec youth, and I am enjoying my time helping bring the two worlds of art and education together.” Barb von Thaden
“The program administration was STELLAR… Barbara went above and beyond to make everything simple and accessible. Thank you for making this program run so smoothly so that we can focus our attention on the things that matter — creating magnificent art with the students!” Patrycja Maksalon, Spiritual Animator, Philemon Wright High School