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DREAM BIG 2019: The Northern Conference and Festival for Indigenous Arts – Fundraising Campaign

“The Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) is an emerging, Indigenous-led provincial arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous arts leadership in the North, and with the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work. https://niaa.ca/

This Fall 2019, the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) will host Dream Big 2019 in Baawating / Sault Ste. Marie. This gathering will bring together Indigenous artists, curators, critics and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario for two days of collaboration and exchange as we seek to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North?

NIAA has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to host Dream Big 2019 and is currently raising funds to help offset the high travel costs in the North so more Indigenous artists can attend the gathering. Featuring presentations, panel discussions, art creation, and performances, Dream Big attendees will be able to network, develop hands-on skills for promoting their work, widen their audiences, and add their voice to an ongoing dialogue about contemporary Indigenous arts in Northern Ontario. Your donation will help cover travel and accommodations so artists from all across Northern Ontario can take part.

For more information about the campaign and to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-from NIAA

Indigenous Artists to “Dream Big” in Sault Ste. Marie this Fall

“Funding was recently confirmed to support an Indigenous arts gathering and festival. This September, Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario will gather in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie for Dream Big 2019. Featuring two days of performances, art creation, panels, and discussion, Dream Big 2019 seeks to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North? 

The gathering is being organized by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging, Indigenous-led arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. Co-founded by Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk, NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous-run arts organizations in the North working in Indigenous communities. NIAA holds the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work.

NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “Cora and I met at the first Dream Big conference in North Bay in 2015, coordinated by Metis artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt, formerly of the White Water Gallery. The first Dream Big was mind blowing; to see artists like Kent Monkman speak and show his artwork in City Hall, or Lee Maracle talk about influencing the birth of hip hop at the Capital Centre. For Dream Big 2019 our art administration team will be looking into coordinating multiple venues to show off all the region has to offer.”

NIAA recently earned support from the province and was awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council to host the gathering and accompanying arts festival. “We’re extremely grateful to the OAC for their support of this project,” says Strapp. “However, Northern Ontario is huge and air travel is a major expense so we’re hoping to raise additional funds to help subsidize travel costs so more artists from across Northern Ontario can take part.”

Donations are currently being accepted through the group’s GoFundMe page and will go towards travel subsidies to visiting artists. https://www.gofundme.com/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-submitted by NIAA

Profile Highlight: Miinikaan Project (Sault Ste. Marie)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“The Miinikaan Project, meaning see in Anishinaabemowin, is a grassroots project geared towards the learning of traditional and modern Indigenous art practices.The project will involve a series of monthly group exhibits designed and led by young indigenous and non-indigenous artists. Monthly workshops will also be offered at various venues around Sault Ste. Marie, ON. This project has been made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

To read more about Miinikaan Project, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.ssm-logo

“Sewing Circle: Come early to assist with room set up please. Weekly Sewing Circle brings people together to learn the basics of machine sewing while completing simple projects. All materials & machines are provided. If you have not used a machine or sewed previously, this is for you. We have worked on ceremony skirts, feast bags & picnic blankets. Some started working on denim bags, others are working on ribbon shirts. If you have a machine,please bring it. Only those who are taking part in Sewing Circle will be permitted to enter. The front doors will always be locked. Participants can knock at the gym door for entrance. If participants leave for any reason, they will not be allowed to re-enter. Due to the high number of youth who are now taking part in this event, I want to ensure their safety while they are attending program. Coffee, tea & snacks will be provided.”

Other activities offered at Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre are “Anishinaabemowin, Moccasin Making, Beading Night, Coffee House, Let’s Walk & Roll, Seasonal Traditional Teachings, Stages of Life Teachings.”

To read more about Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Ma

Make a Living Making Art: Skill building opportunities for under-represented artists (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

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“What does it take to make a living making art in Sault Ste. Marie and the greater Algoma Region? Who is represented in our local arts community and who is missing? asks Rihkee Strapp, facilitator for “Make A Living Making Art.”

“Make a Living Making Art” is a series of FREE events designed to provide skill building and networking opportunities for underrepresented artists. The project aims to provide FREE training on seven topics that are important for anyone working in the arts sector today such as: project development, new technology, artful equity, emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurship. These trainings are useful for anyone who is an artist, regardless of art discipline, and anyone who uses art as a tool for social change in their communities. Single use bus passes will also be available to folks who need to travel to the workshops. All the events will have delicious food prepared and sourced locally by the Gore Street Cafe.

“The partnership with the Gore Street Cafe means the events will have meals and snacks that won’t burn us out by the end of the meeting.” says Strapp.

For the full event listing check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeALivingMakingArt/

The project is also seeking shared studio space for artists and community organizers to create work and hold their own events. Whether this becomes a permanent fixture or temporary space during the project will depend on the community.

“Many local residents are interested or already working towards similar goals. Since starting the project, I was able to meet with 118 people from 14 groups locally and across the province, comprising of youth, grass-roots collectives, businesses, and non-profit organizations. From these meetings I was able to make 7 formalized partnerships, and there are more groups I am still connecting with. I’m excited to connect more local artists with the abundance of allies and resources available to them.” says Strapp.

“Make a Living Making Art” is partnered with Social Entrepreneurship Evolution, Thinking Rock Community Arts, Tidal Records, Soo York City Urban Arts Collective, the Gore Str. Cafe, the Art Gallery of Algoma, and Urban Indigenous Youth For Change.

This project is funded through the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries. The TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries provide up to $10,000 to a young person, aged 18-30, who has demonstrated excellence in using the arts to address issues of concern in disadvantaged communities in Canada.

Contact:
#MakeALivingMakingArt
https://www.facebook.com/MakeALivingMakingArt/
Mx. Rihkee Strapp, pronouns They/Them/Theirs
rstrapp@marsdd.com
Ph: 1+705-971-8994
rihkeestrapp.ca”

Submitted by Rihkee Strapp

#MillMarketMural: Community Mural Unveling Sept. 2 & 12 (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

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“Rihkee Strapp and Candace Day Neveau, lead artists on the Mill Market Mural Project, have been busy all summer seeking out the untold stories of Sault Ste. Marie & District.

The Mill Market Mural Project is a community arts initiative using collected stories from community members to inspire images in the mural to be installed on the walls of the Mill Market, located at 35 Canal Drive, right off the Hub Trail.

The first panel, dedicated to creation stories, [was] revealed on Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00pm just after the Mill Market’s farmer’s market. Wednesday, September 2nd, at 12noon a panel dedicated to internationally known artist, Cecil Youngfox, who was originally born in Blind River will be unveiled. The final panel, celebrating the Soo Pipe Band’s 100th year anniversary will be presented on Friday, September 12, during the Mill Market Mural’s Back to School BBQ. The Soo Pipe Band will be performing during this final celebration. Other unveilings may be added. Keep updated with NEW events through our website: http://millmarketmural.weebly.com/calendar-of-events.html

This project is funded through the Aboriginal Artists in Community Program offered by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Contact:
http://millmarketmural.weebly.com/
Rihkee Strapp
rstrapp@marsdd.com
Ph: 1+705-971-8994″

Posted with permission from Rihkee Strapp, Lead Artist, Mill Market Mural Project

The Mill Market Mural Project Needs You! Painting Assistants, Graphic Designer & Photographer (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

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The Mill Market Mural Project is issuing a Call for Artists (honorarium available). They need:

  • 3 painting assistants ($200 each)
  • 1 photographer ($150)
  • 1 graphic designer ($150)
  • + more

You will be still be considered if you have little to no experience. Please apply here today!

About the project:

“What are the diverse communities that make up Sault Ste. Marie? What histories are not being told? asks Rihkee Strapp and Candace Day Neveau, lead artists on the Mill Market Mural Project.

The Mill Market Mural Project is a community arts initiative to collect stories from community groups which will inform a mural to be installed on the walls of the Mill Market, located at 35 Canal Drive, right off the Hub Trail.

“A good friend of mine once said, ‘It takes community to build community’ which is why we are seeking out other artists and community partners.” says Strapp, “We have honorariums to support three painting assistants, a graphic designer, a photographer, and a couple musicians at this time.  Anyone and everyone should apply.”

While the project aims to work with diverse groups, simply saying so is not enough.  Candace Day Neveau has a special message to First Nations and Metis youth, “It’s fun getting involved with business, art, and having people treat you like an equal. You have great ideas and we are a group of people that want to hear your ideas and believe in them.”

Strapp and Neveau are looking for local contributions to make the project bigger and better.  They have already raised $10,000 through the Aboriginal Artists in Community Program.  Help build this story mural by becoming a community sponsor today.

Contributions & inquiries can be made through the Mill Market Mural Project’s website or by contacting the artists.

This project is funded through the Aboriginal Artists in Community Program offered by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.”

Posted with permission from Rihkee Strapp, Lead Artist, Mill Market Mural Project