The Hearts & Minds Living Library Series
Start date: 20 June, 2017
End date: 20 June, 2018
The Institute of Canadian Archives (ICA) is a social capital building initiative focusing on increasing social cohesion through the art of storytelling. Our mission is to create, curate and celebrate diverse narratives that strengthen Canada's intercultural and interfaith harmony. We achieve these objectives by engaging seasoned professionals, young adults, community organizations and regional stakeholders in our capacity-building workshops, events and online arts campaigns.
The Hearts & Minds Living Library (H&MLL) is an equities tool that seeks to challenge prejudice and discrimination. It works just like a normal library: visitors can browse the catalogue for the available titles, choose the Book they want to read, and borrow it for a limited period of time. The only difference is that in the H&MLL, Books are people, and reading consists of a personal dialogue. These are one-on-one dialogues held in an open anti-oppressive space. After the reading or the conversation, the Reader returns the Book to the library and – if they want – they can borrow another Book.
Nature of the Project Reach
Digital online Living Library component connects Canadians from all over in a curated reading series
The goal of the project is to facilitate a dialogue between a book and a reader to potentially change their ordinarily held perspectives and experiences. This will challenge commonly held stereotypes influencing attitudes and behavior of the wider community. Through sharing of lived-experiences, these barriers are dropped. Community cohesion is increased, stereotypes are challenged, social, and cultural barriers are broken down. The safe spaces thus created will open minds and shift attitudes thwarting prejudice and exclusionary behavior based on ethnicity, race, and religion.
Community engagement, curriculum development, fundraising mentorship, and Arts-strategies based capacity building