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NewsA PLACE TO HANG YOUR STORIES AT NEECHI COMMONS
Opening Prayers: Thursday, August 28th at 12 noon
Followed by an Artist talk and community art build at 630pm, August 28th
Neechi will host the exhibit until Sunday August 31st
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About Urban Shaman
Urban Shaman is an Aboriginal artist-run centre dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a leadership role in the cultivation of Indigenous art.
Urban Shaman presents contemporary Indigenous Aboriginal art with integrity while remaining rooted in our diverse Aboriginal cultures.
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art is a nationally recognized leader in Aboriginal arts programming and one of the foremost venues and voices for Aboriginal art in Canada. Our focus on developing new programming and new ways of presenting it, have resulted in increased exposure and the expansion of our activities. Urban Shaman is dedicated to the Aboriginal arts community and arts community at large.
• Committed to serving the needs of emerging, mid-career, and established Aboriginal artists through exhibitions and associated programming, workshops, residencies and curatorial initiatives.
• Dedicated to contributing to art historical and cultural critical discourses on a local, national, and international level.
• Committed to facilitating artistic production, education, and appreciation of contemporary art as an important and empowering tool for Aboriginal peoples.
Admission to the gallery is free.
A PLACE TO HANG YOUR STORIES AT NEECHI COMMONS
Join us on Thursday Aug 28th at 630pm, for an artist talk and art build with Artist Dawn Marie Marchand.
Cree-Metis artist Dawn Marie Marchand hopes her work can give some insight into the inter-generational suffering caused by Indian Residential Schools.
Her unique art project uses over 500 paper bricks to represent the cheap materials the schools were built with.
The exhibit was originally on display at Edmonton’s city hall during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event, March 27 to 30, of 2014.
Marchand was given the idea last fall when an Indian residential school survivor suggested an art project for survivors and their family members to be unveiled at the final TRC event.
It was inspired by the Walking With Our Sisters project, which brings together over 1700 pairs of moccasin tops, made by people from all over North America to memorialize the unfinished lives of missing and murdered aboriginal women.
For months, Marchand used social media, reaching out to survivors and those affected, asking them to create art with their stories on 13” x 9” paper bricks using various mediums, such as paint, crayons, beads or charcoal.
Communities stepped up with their own workshops: finished bricks were mailed to Marchand and added to the art installation. Before setting up in Edmonton, Marchand made sure to smudge each piece.
At the exhibit, people can walk around the 10-by-10 foot tent exterior to view the bricks. Stepping inside, there is a tiny, wooden school desk that shows how young the children were when they first entered residential school. Marchand has also left room for visitors to leave their masterpieces.