Solidarity Through Action: Spotlight on Third Eye Ensemble
Solidarity Through Action encourages students as well as the public to lead peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and special events in their communities to help support Head & Hands. We all share common goals, ideas, and the belief that the causes we hold dear are worth “our” time and effort. The desire to bring about social change is that common ground that creates unity and compels us to work together in solidarity.
The Third Eye Ensemble (TEE) truly understands the meaning of solidarity. As a non-profit theater company that dedicates itself to producing engaging and thought-provoking material, TEE consistently works to not only help create meaningful work for artists themselves, but to also help community organizations, including Head & Hands (H&H).
Co-Founder and Artistic Co-Director Anne-Marie Saheb says that the TEE is “an artist founded company whose mandate is to produce work that challenges audiences to fully explore common perceptions about social, political, and environmental issues”.TEE supported H&H by donating funds raised from the production of the play Blue/Orange because of our commitment to the physical and mental health of Montreal’s youth.
Blue/ Orange is a provocative, satirical comedy that centers around racial dynamics and mental illness. Anne-Marie, graciously provided H&H with an exclusive interview on third-party fundraising, the ensemble, and its relationship with community organizations.
H&H: How and why was the Third Eye Ensemble created?
TEE: The idea started with Frederick Ward (Founding Father and Chairman Emeritus of TEE) and a few emerging artists who sought to develop as actors, directors, writers, and producers, with the intention of providing a platform for recent graduates of the DOME (Dawson College Theater) to produce independent theater.
TEE was established in 2011 when we introduced ourselves to the community by presenting our inaugural production of The Exonerated, which involved the 13 actors of the ensemble.
The Ensemble’s core has adapted, to the ever-changing careers and lives of its members. We now find ourselves where we are today, with myself and Jaa as Artistic Co-Directors. Throughout this process, our mission statement remains the same:
“To persevere in our artistic service to humanity, never cloud imagination with facts, but to be truthful in our testimony.” – FREDERICK WARD –
H&H: Why did you choose Head & Hands as the recipient of the funds raised by the ensemble?
TEE: I had the privilege of directing our production of Blue/Orange, a play by Joe Penhall, touching on cultural differences and mental illness. In looking for a local organization that could benefit from a portion of our proceeds as well as have a particular interest in the story we were telling, I came across Head & Hands.
It is vital for members of a community to support each other, exchange ideas, and transfer knowledge by stimulating communication and bridging gaps between information and understanding. Communities, in turn, thrive on each other’s discoveries. Humanity then inevitably benefits and grows. As non-profit organizations, both Head & Hands and the Third Eye Ensemble want to see a healthy society in which we empower every individual with the resources required to stay healthy.
H&H: Why did you get involved with Solidarity Through Action?
TEE: The survival of non-profit organizations depends on people who feel compelled to support them. In order to feel compelled, people must first know these organizations exist and for that, organizations must reach out to the public and share why they do what they do, tell people what they believe in.The key to reaching out is to develop contacts outside of immediate partnerships.Those exchanges can create a very supportive network and that’s a great environment for fundraising opportunities.
Head & Hands is extremely grateful to the Third Eye Ensemble for working in solidarity with others, to encourage social change while promoting youth empowerment through engagement.
Solidarity Through Action is a great way to get involved and support Head & Hands’ core programs and services. To find out more about Solidarity Through Action please visit our webpage “Run an Event” or contact Victoria, our Funding and Partnerships Coordinator at 514-481-0277 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org