About Us

PAAL en langue Maya, signifie « enfant » et désigne également les valeurs qui sont au cœur de l’organisation : Paix, Amour,

Amitié et Liberté.

Mission

         PAAL is an artistic organization made up of inter-cultural mediation experts on a mission to enable intercultural dialogue between different ethnocultural communities through creative activities which provide participants opportunities to meet and communicate. The organization strives to push Montrealers to enrich their intercultural communication skills, profit from the city’s cultural richness, heighten their sensitization to the cultural communities around them, and open themselves up to the wider world - free of fear of the “Other”. PAAL hopes to be recognized as a positive force in Montreal’s transition to an increasingly empathetic, inclusive, egalitarian, and just city.

          The word “intercultural” is used to define the interactions and rapport between different cultures. “Intercultural mediation” refers to the actions taken by professionals, like those at PAAL, to reconcile tensions and differences between the members of diverse cultural groups. There are two overarching branches of intercultural mediation; prevention and sensitization, and intervention and conflict resolution. PAAL specializes in sensitization to cultural diversity. They do so by incorporating unique forms of cultural expression into their workshops through art, stories, and craft. As no term exists to describe this unique approach, PAAL coined the term “inter-cultural mediation”. Whereas classical intercultural mediation uses speech to unite individuals, inter-cultural mediation, as PAAL defines it, uses art as its unifying tool.

History

Crée en août 2015, PAAL partageons le monde est un organisme sans but lucratif qui œuvre en communication et en médiation interculturelles.

 

L’organisme a d’abord été une entreprise individuelle sous le nom de Chilpayates. Le tout premier atelier, Escribir pintando, « écrire en dessinant », a été offert en partenariat avec le consulat mexicain et dans cet atelier, on souhaitait souligner la diversité des différentes cultures qui composent le Québec aujourd’hui. Le but était alors d’accroître l’ouverture d’esprit des participants par le biais d’un conte mexicain authentique et d’une activité artistique qui s’y rapporte. L’année suivante, Chilpayates a animé 40 ateliers pour un ensemble de près de 1000 participants. De plus, l’entreprise a publié un livre d’activité pour enfants portant sur la culture mexicaine sous le nom de Chilpalivre pour transmettre des valeurs mexicaines authentiques.

En constatant la richesse culturelle qui caractérise la ville de Montréal, l’entreprise a décidé d’élargir ses horizons et d’offrir des activités de sensibilisation culturelle portant non seulement sur le Mexique, mais également sur diverses cultures qui enrichissent le paysage multiethnique de la métropole.

 

C’est donc en 2017 que Chilpayates change sa raison sociale et son statut pour devenir l’organisme à but non lucratif PAAL partageons le monde. Malgré ce changement de nom, sa raison d’être est demeurée la même : encourager les participants à devenir des acteurs de changement dans leur communauté en promouvant le respect et l’inclusion, tout en sensibilisant les citoyens à la diversité culturelle afin de mieux vivre ensemble.

 

Program

             The program offered by PAAL is made up of several workshops that celebrate diversity by prioritizing the exploration of minority cultures and favouring authentic forms of cultural expression rather than the over-used, institutionalized or “popular” forms. Workshops begin with short presentations of the culture or group chosen. Next, a member of the community discussed tells a story originating from their culture. Finally, participants create an artistic piece based on the story. Thus the purpose of the workshops is to foster open-mindedness and creativity in the participants by linking the pieces they create. The development of these artistic and original workshops allow PAAL to inter-culturally mediate for various groups.

              The program values critical thinking - a necessary skill for effective communication and intercultural discourse in a respectful and tolerant climate. Interdependence, cohabitation, common needs, and the different creation myths are but a few of the topics covered in our workshops. At PAAL, interculturalism is viewed as a valuable resource that must be properly fostered in order to ensure society’s well-being.

          For more information see the attached PAAL activity report for 2017-2018.

 
 

Our Team

PILAR HERNANDEZ

Pilar Hernandez - PAAL

President, co-founder

Having originally trained in art conservation and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pilar Hernandez also has a degree in Cultural Organism Management from HEC de Montreal. She worked in museums and as a teacher for over ten years.

RAFAEL BENITEZ

Rafael Benitez

Creative director, co-founder      

Rafael Benitez is an artist and graphic designer with more than twenty years of experience in both Mexico and Canada. He has a master's degree in intercultural mediation and is a member of the “conseil interculturel de Montréal”, the “regroupement du conte au Québec”, and “illustration Quebec”.

To see his portfolio, click here: 

rafakir.com

Our Administrative Council

FATOU POMPILOUS

Vice-Président

ROSE MARIE SCHADE

Membre

KARLA AGUILAR

Secretaire

Nouveautés / News

info@paalmtl.org

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