A quick summary:
Two host institutions familiar with working with Socially Engaged artists and who were very invested in a successful outcome of the projects, and two institutions that don't have much experience working with artists who invest themselves in the community, who left me to my own devices. Of the four big projects that I set out to do, I'd count two as resounding successes, one that was a fantastic experience but would have greatly benefitted from a longer stay, and one project that failed before it even started but that made way for new research and explorations!
An incomplete list of the people that I met, and who generously helped out on the projects and life on the road in general, Thank you to each of you:
YUKON: Sarah Pupo, Emma Tius, Dan and Laurie Sokoloski, James Fitzgerald, Chris Foster (I had met before but really got to know), my darling book ends Joey O'Neil and Justin Apperly, Karen Dubois, Eldo Enns, Diego Martin, Erica Barta, Peter Menzies, Lulu Keating, Tara Rudnickas, Ange Bonnici, Matt Sarty, Rebecca Olsen, Nicole Rayburn, Veronica Verkley, John Steins, Greg Hakanson, Mathias McPhee, Linsey Johnson, Dana Levine, Ashlee, Miche and Hector.
WINDOSR: Nadja Pelkey, Alana Bartol, Josh Babcock, Hiba Abdallah, Rosina Riccardo, Michelle Soulière, Srimoyee Mitra, Arturo Herera, Michelle Le Chien, Mary Fitzgerald, Judy Harling, Nancy Musson, Richard Blair, Dorothy Barnett, Albert Cockburn, Alice Sheean, Thelma Butcher, John, Jan at the front door, Safi Houssein, Lorette Watson , Edna Rutherford, Karen Boutlier, Diane, Barbara D'Alosio, Sarah Morris at CJAM, and Dave at Wavemach.
SACKVILLE, many friends old and new: Julia Feltham, Michael Freeman, Louis Zatzman, Jisun Kim, Martin Omes, Kate Phillips, Jeanne Fries, Quincy Russell, James Anderson, Vanessa Blackier, Pierre Malloy, Ilse Kramer and Joe of Kappa Chow, Eric, Theresa Richards, Kaeli Cook, Amanda Fauteaux, Elli Hearte, Cynthia Naggar, Rebecca and Jessica, Erik Edson, Dan Steeves, Adrianna Kuiper, Ryan Suter, Chris Down, Leah Garnet, Lesley Bonang, Brian Riley, Andrew Maize, Courtney Harris, Sophia Horowitz, Greg, Tom Young, Tom Macdonald, Al Melnyk, Natasha, Alix Wilson, Jacques Mindreau, Zach Melanson (one of the first people to pick me up hitchhiking EVER), Evan Matthews, Rosie Butler, Bucky Buckler and family, Graeme Patterson, Dr. Paul Bogaard. Jennie Parker! So many others I'm forgetting!
MELBOURNE: My DARLING Gemma Rose Turnbull, Marnie Badham, Robert John Ball, Leuli Eshragi, Kate Just, Hart, Adva Weinstein, Ben Fox, Lucas Ihlein, Ted Purves, Amy Spiers, Lara Thoms, Ferdi Thajib, Tania Canas, Steve Mayhew, Rimi Khan, Tiffany Bishop.