The Spirit Project

Solo Chicken Productions and L’Arche Fredericton, in partnership with the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, The NB Film Coop and Open Your Art are collaborating to launch the SPIRIT PROJECT, a year-long art-based project that aims to foster and share the voices of adults with intellectual disabilities through artistic expression.  From April 2019 to April 2020 Solo Chicken Productions with the support of L’Arche Fredericton, are facilitate a series of art-based workshops (visual art, film, improvisation, music and movement) open to adults of ALL abilities, that are focused on the themes of identity, inclusion and belonging.  Over the course of the project, participants, in collaboration with the project artists will attend workshops, community feasts and will work together to build a community celebration where the voices and gifts of the participants will be shared with the broader community.

To learn more about L’Arche Fredericton CLICK HERE!



- To learn more about the project or to register please call:
Solo Chicken
EMAIL - Lisa Anne Ross at
CALL - Lisa Anne Ross at 506.238.5440
L’Arche Fredericton
EMAIL - Graysen Lynn Parker at
CALL - 1.902.691.0854


- 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’.


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!

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 6th - December 17th 2019 (Break for Christmas Fun) and then Tuesday January 7th - Tuesday January 28th 2020
Times: 1PM-3PM
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)