THE BAY ROBERTS CULTURAL FOUNDATION -
The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation is
working with schools to encourage activities and programs that support
the Foundation's goal of preserving and sustaining Newfoundland outport
traditions and practices.
School Initiated Projects
The Foundation works with the three schools
in the Town by offering financial assistance for a program or activity in
each school that supports the Foundation's goal of preserving and sustaining
Newfoundland outport traditions and practices. It can be used to
bring in expertise to teach traditional skills such as for example knitting,
making bread, whittling or to support traditional storytelling, musical or
theatrical programs. It can support an Intangible Cultural Heritage
Day in the school or intangible cultural heritage aspects of the current
Heritage Fair Program. Discussions with the schools regarding this
program are ongoing.
The Amalgamated Academy and Ascension Collegiate have put in proposals each year and are currently working on craft projects.
The Amalgamated Academy - Knitting
Students who have participated in the knitting project in the past.
Ascension Collegaite - Rug Hooking.
Display of Hooked Rugs
Ted Russell Legacy Project For three years (2012 to 2014) the Foundation worked with staff and students at Ascension Collegiate on
the Ted Russell
Legacy Project. In the first year the Bay Roberts Cultural
Foundation had financial support from the Provincial Commemorations Program.
The objective of the Project was to encourage high school students in the
writing of recitations and oral stories in the spirit of the works of local
native son Ted Russell, a Person of Provincial Significance. In the winter
months renowned musicians and story
tellers, Kelly Russell, Ted Russell's son, and Ray Johnson of "Buddy
Wasisname & The Other Fellers" worked with students in two
classes to help them create stories and recitations which they then presented
to the class. It was hoped that this activity would create a renewed interest
in this art form.
In the following two years, the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation continued with the project.
In 2010, The Holdin' Ground Project was developed to record the intangible cultural heritage of the Bay Roberts area before older citizens pass away and their memories of past activities are lost.
Partnerships were formed with Ascension Collegiate High School, the Bay Roberts Fifty Plus Club, the town of Bay Roberts, the Bay Roberts Heritage Society, the Newfoundland and Labrador Women's Institutes and the Pigeon Inlet Quilters Guild in order to conduct interviews. The Project was funded by New Horizons for Seniors through the Canadian Department of Human Resources and Social Development.
Students from Ascension Collegiate prepared appropriate questions, went to seniors' homes with their video, audio, or digital still camera equipment, and recorded interviews with seniors, or brought the seniors to Ascension Collegiate's video recording room to be interviewed.