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Happy New Year everyone!
2020 is set to be another full year of creative arts programming with our partner communities in the north.
We're extremely proud that our programming is directly informed by consultation with our partnering communities and schools. From past workshops they can see what resonates with the students and which arts they're are primarily interested in revisiting as well as new mediums to explore. These developed and valued relationships are fundamental to our work.
ArtsCan Circle has always collaborated with communities in an open and respectful way. It's simple - we listen. Some twenty years ago, it was Mike Stevens our Founder who listened to the stories of youth, and to this day we continue his same promise to northern communities, to the kids - to listen and respond collaboratively.
We're excited to announce our first workshops of 2020! We have returning artists Cindy Paul and Lisa Rosati headed to Attawapiskat from March 9 - 13 to work with students at Vezina Secondary on a large scale mural project! Two women have facilitated many workshops with us and we bring them back because they each bring unique ways of connecting and getting youth involved in the arts - the purpose of our workshops. And wow do they produce some incredible art. We can't wait to see what they'll produce!
Highlights of our 2019 year...
We again committed to having at least one Indigenous artist & at least one female facilitator on all trips.
- We proudly returned to the Yukon.
- We connected with communities and youth with various creative arts practices in Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Pikangikum (ON), Natuashish (NL), Gjoa Haven (NU) & Carcross (YT).
- We produced two music videos written, performed and recorded by youth. Rez 67 from Fort Albany youth, and Faces of the North from Attawapiskat youth. The songs are the real voices of love for their communities', their dreams and hopes.
- We said goodbye to former Board Members - the ever amazing Twin Flames and support them fully as their music career takes on new heights! They remain on as Board Advisors lending their experienced voice and cultural insight to our work.
We welcomed two new Board Members Ryan Cunningham & Stephanie Feletto.
- Ryan is a proud Metis (Cree) man from Edmonton, Alberta. An Actor, Producer and former Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts.
- Stephanie is a Member of the Moose Cree First Nation, Indigenous Executive and former Director of Indigenous Youth & Community Wellness Secretariat.
We welcomed two new Board Advisors, Cindy Paul & Mimi O'Bonsawin.
Cindy an Indigenous woman & Mimi an Abenaki woman. They are two of our most respected facilitators we work with. As musicians, artists, healers, educators and advocates for Indigenous People's they have extensive experience working with youth in the north. They've come on board to provide their cultural, grassroots and lived insights. To say we're excited and honored to have such a wealth of knowledge and advocacy join us in 2020 is a blessing! More on the new members to follow.