The Spirit Project

Solo Chicken Productions and L’Arche Fredericton, in partnership with the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, have collaborated to launch the SPIRIT PROJECT, a year-long series of mixed ability art based workshops that are focused on the themes of identity, inclusion and belonging.  From April 2019 to April 2020 Solo Chicken Productions with the support of L’Arche Fredericton, are offering FREE workshops in visual art, film, improvisation, music and movement that are open to adults of ALL abilities.  Over the course of the project, participants, in collaboration with the project artists attend workshops, community feasts and are working together to build a community celebration where the voices and gifts of the participants will be shared with the broader community.

From August 31st - October 22nd 2020 The Spirit Project Exhibition is up at The Fredericton Playhouse! Pay a visit and see the beautiful art created during the Visual Arts Workshop and some photo’s of our amazing participants!

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- To learn more about the project or to register please call:

EMAIL - Lisa Anne Ross at
CALL - Lisa Anne Ross at 506.238.5440


- ALL WORKSHOPS will be held at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre which is located at 732 Charlotte Street. (They are amazing!)

- There are FIVE blocks of workshops! Join for one block or even better join us for the full year. We hope to create strong bonds and friendships between participants and to grow and learn together!


- At the end of the year (May 2, 2020) there will be a big CELEBRATION of the work we have done together. A feast, an art exhibition and sharing of the work we have done!

- The programming is all FREE! All materials are included plus a healthy snack is offered during each workshop.

- TRANSPORTATION is also included so please be sure to ask about how to arrange transportation if that is needed!

- Workshops are open to people of ALL abilities! Following in the spirit of L’Arche the workshops are meant to provide opportunities to make known the gifts of adults with disabilities. Come and make new friends and join the ‘school of the heart’.



MOVING & GROOVING led by Lesandra Dodson (the coop)

When: Tuesday September 17th - Tuesday November 5th
Times: 1PM-3PM
Where: The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium (2nd Floor - Take the elevator from the Green Side Entrance)

MUSICAL SPIRIT led by Beth Johnston & Moon Joyce

When: Tuesday November 26th - December 17th 2019 (Break for Christmas Fun) and then Tuesday January 7th - Tuesday January 28th 2020
Times: 1PM-2:30PM
Where: The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium or Green Room (TBA) - (2nd Floor - Take the elevator from the Green Side Entrance)

FILMING OUR WORLD with Kaitlyn Adair

When: Tuesday February 11th - Tuesday April 7th 2020
Times: 1PM - 3PM
Where: The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Community Room (2nd Floor - Take the elevator from the Green Side Entrance)

NOTE: The film workshop has limited enrolment so please contact Lisa Anne Ross to confirm participation. ( or 506.238.5440)


Diary and Dialogue:  Interpreting the Spirit Project in Book Form led by Angela Black (Open Your Art)

When: Tuesday’s from 1PM-3PM
Dates: April 16th - June 4th 2019
Where: Open Your Art Studio at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre (Through front doors on the 1st Floor)

This 8 week visual art workshop series is a beginner mixed media program that introduces participants to bookbinding and design as a means of documenting the experience of being in The Spirit Project!  Participants will explore watercolour and ink, acrylic painting, textiles, and collage in the making of their own very special book, an individualized personal tool for holding the creative impressions of all the workshops experienced, then beyond, for daily reflection.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Angela Black is an artist, illustrator, designer, community change-maker, and inspired arts educator for multiple NB organizations and local public schools.  Angela describes her creative community work as a transformational teaching approach that gently inspires people of all ages and exceptionalities to find and open their art with individual creativity.  Bookbinding, screen printing, and watercolour/ink painting are Angela's media of choice, her handbound books have found homes all over the world.

Improv for Everyone led by Jean-Michel Cliche (Hot Garbage Players)

When: Summer Improv Camp - Monday July 8th - Friday July 12th
Times: 1PM-3PM
Where: The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium (2nd Floor - Take the elevator from the Green Side Entrance)

Improvisation (acting without a script) is a fun way to develop creativity and improve communication skills. Learn how to work as a team to create hilarious stories, all through group activities that allow for lots of participation and lots of laughs!


The Spirit Project is generously funded by The City of Fredericton, The Government of New Brunswick, The Fredericton Community Foundation and a Mental Health & Addiction Grant and is offered in partnership with The Charlotte Street Arts Centre who donate the use of their space. Merci!!