ACC-CCA National Gathering: Kwä̀n Mày Dáyè DàátthʼI


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Historically, fire is a meeting place for warmth, nourishment and ceremony for peoples across this land. It continues to function in many established Indigenous methodologies as a site of renewal and transformation. The 7th National Gathering of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective – Collectif des commissaires autochtones Kwä̀n Mày Dáyè Dàátthʼi: Sit by the Fire with Us –Ensemble autour du feu draws upon these ideas to examine how Indigenous artistic production and exhibition continue to transform and grow within our communities and among our membership.

“Sit by the Fire with Us” addresses issues that arise in the distance between communities, the idea of community, economic considerations in cultural production, the importance of inter-generational orality, and the idea of portable cultures. We will be honouring our elder artists and curators, makers and knowledge keepers. We will be listening to the words of young artists. We propose to develop discourse through Indigenous modes of exchange such as sharing circles, non-hierarchical round tables, community knowledge forums and witnessing.

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective – Collectif des commissaires autochtones acknowledges the ancestral and traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council on whose land this gathering is taking place.

The ACC-CCA would like to acknowledge the financial contribution of the Canada Council for the Arts and our partners in Whitehorse who have been integral to the successful elaboration of this event.

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D’un point de vue historique, le feu est un lieu de rencontre où tous les peuples habitant ces terres venaient se réchauffer, s’alimenter et tenir quelque cérémonie. Plusieurs méthodologies autochtones établies le présentent encore comme un lieu de renouvellement et de transformation. Le 7e rassemblement national du Collectif des commissaires autochtones – Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Kwä̀n Mày Dáyè Dàátthʼi : Sit by the Fire with Us – Ensemble autour du feu  s’inspirera de ces idées pour lancer discussions et  échanges  sur les façons dont la production et la diffusion de l’art autochtone continuent de se transformer et de croître au sein de nos communautés et parmi nos membres.

Ce rassemblement nous permettra d’examiner les enjeux qui naissent de la distance entre les collectivités et l’idée même de communauté, les facteurs économiques à l’œuvre dans la production culturelle, l’importance de l’oralité intergénérationnelle et le concept de « cultures portables ». Nous honorerons nos aînés, artistes, artisans ou gardiens du savoir. Nous serons à l’écoute des paroles de jeunes créateurs. Nous proposons d’élaborer un discours en faisant appel aux modèles d’échange autochtones, tels les cercles de partage, les tables rondes non hiérarchisées, les forums de savoir communautaires et les témoignages.

Le Collectif des commissaires autochtones – Aboriginal Curatorial Collective reconnaît le territoire sur lequel ce rassemblement aura lieu comme étant le territoire traditionnel de la Première nation des Kwanlin Dün et le Conseil des Ta’an Kwäch’än.



My Art, My New Land a workshop series for newcomer artists

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Airsa Art and Thought Association is a North York based non for profit organization, and its mission is to familiarize people with the arts and to support communities such as newcomers and newcomer artists through partnerships, cultural events, training opportunities, and community art initiatives.This project, My Art, My New Land, is a SPARK project for the Cultural Hotspot in partnership with the City of Toronto, Neighbourhood Arts Network, North York Arts, and North Toronto LIP.

This improv series of workshops has been created to help newcomer artists face and overcome challenges in a new culture and society by providing an opportunity to develop communication skills in authentic and dynamic situations. The final workshop will end with a celebration. Admission is Free for participants.

The facilitators are the best in their fields and are ready to share their experiences with the participants in these four themes:

  1. Adaptiveness (Beatriz Pizano, August 3)
  2. Network and effective communication (Anand Rajaram, August 10)
  3. Collaboration Skills (Marjorie Chan, August 17)
  4. Marketing and Promotion (Yasser Pervais, August 24)

Workshop’s takeaways are included but not limited to:

  • Handbooks and guides which different organizations provid for earning information about art organizations, contacts, and more
  • Personalized feedback and guidance on content, verbiage, physical behavior and body language
  • Improved communication, teamwork, adaptability and marketing skills.

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