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School of Art Gallery launches new program to empower the next generation of Indigenous artists.

June 1, 2023 — 

School of Art Gallery is thrilled to announce the launch of our exciting new program, “Kiskithihta Mīthokwesowin: Discovering our Gifts”, partnering with various community organizations to deliver inspiring workshops to cultivate and empower the next generation of Indigenous artists.

As we engage in the process of reconciliation, we recognize that Indigenous art is a particularly valuable gift, transmitting stories and perspectives that will collectively lead us to a more equitable and sustainable decolonial future.  The Gallery has developed this program to inspire and activate the next generation of Indigenous artists by removing barriers, instilling confidence, and providing them with opportunities to explore art-making to tell their stories. 

By partnering with community organizations, we aim to ensure that these workshops reach a wide audience and have a lasting impact on the participating youth. In addition, through these collaborations, we will tap into our partners’ collective knowledge, resources, and networks, creating a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone involved.

The program will offer a series of art workshops focused on cultural themes, led by professional Indigenous artists, and developed in consultation with Elders from the University of Manitoba. Kiskithihta Mīthokwesowin aims to help Indigenous discover and share their gifts through art. Artwork created by workshop participants will be exhibited at the School of Art Gallery, allowing participants to share their gifts with the public.

We extend a warm invitation to join us for the Opening workshop, taking place Wednesday, June 21, from 5-8 pm and will include a Pipe Ceremony, Medicine Walk, A Monoprint Workshop, and free food and drinks! The evening will also feature guest artist Katherine Boyer!

Stay tuned for more details on workshop dates and locations, which will be announced in the coming weeks. 

For further inquiries or to express your interest in this program, please contact jory [dot] thomasblanchard [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or justin [dot] bear [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

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