Amy, Adjani and Casey won the Engaged Scholar Award in recognition of their documentary play, 'On Life and Living', developed in partnership with AIDS Community Care Montreal. Based on interviews of past and present ACCM members, staff and volunteers, ‘On Life and Living’ weaves together a story of the organization’s history using memories as a primary source.
‘On Life and Living’ emerged in 2013 as a concept out of Adjani’s experience volunteering at ACCM as part of an interdisciplinary course on HIV/AIDS. With the guidance of Dr. Viviane Namaste, and the enthusiastic support of ACCM’s volunteer coordinator Andrea Kornacki, Adjani, Casey and Amy embarked on a two-and-a-half year creative and academic journey, which culminated in the play’s premiere run in November 2015.
Throughout the process, these three students worked slowly and closely with community members, soliciting their feedback and involvement to help produce a complex story. The result was a project that honoured ACCM’s legacy, paid tribute to the longstanding relationship between ACCM and Concordia and asked important questions about our cultural narrative surrounding HIV and AIDS.