photo credit: The Michaëlle Jean Foundation
Spearheaded by Dr. Kathleen Irwin of the University of Regina and Dr. Jesse Archibald-Barber of First Nations University of Canada and supported by more than 30 partner organizations, Performing Turtle Island brought together established and emerging scholars and artists in the form of a national symposium on how Indigenous theatre and performance are connected to Indigenous identity and community health.
Common Weal was pleased to present a keynote address from nationally and internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist of Cree and Saulteaux heritage, Margo Kane. Her work is socially empowering and has emerged from physically-based exploration of story using techniques that cross cultural and creative boundaries. This keynote was made possible with generous funding from the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
Executive Director, Risa Payant, travelled to Ottawa in November to participate in the Power of the Arts National Forum, co-organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The event brought together artists, arts professionals, researchers, business leaders, policymakers, urban planners, architects, youth leaders, and health practitioners from across the country. The event aimed to be a “true focal point of collaboration, new strategies, and research focused on using the arts for social change all across Canada” through the sharing of best practices and common experiences in socially engaged art. The theme of the forum was Sustaining Social Change. Highlights from the week included hearing from youth leaders and recipients of the 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Awards and breakout sessions with case studies on community projects across Canada.