Programs

Integrative Arts

Arts programming through creative residencies where Indigenous youth learn from artists and peers, developing transferable skills through art-making that they can apply to their lives in a broader sense.

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We engage artists who are committed to building up the next generation of young Indigenous makers, and who are eager to collaborate with local artists and community members to align the projects with culturally-relevant themes and practices. Indigenous youth have the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and connect with their local community and beyond.

Artists in community
For three-to-five weeks, artists live in community and facilitate student-driven creative projects, supporting youth as they build skills and explore artistry during school or in an extracurricular capacity. Projects are supported by a youth-artist assistant, school support staff, and local creators. At the end of each residency, a gathering is held to celebrate students’ success as they share their work with families and community.

Living pedagogy
Our “living” programs are dynamic and responsive to the particular needs of each school and community, shaped and reshaped according to feedback from youth, teachers, artists, the wider community, and administration. We engage artists who show an interest in building up the next generation of young makers, and who are eager to collaborate with local artists, artisans, community members, and elders, in order to align the projects with culturally relevant themes and practices.

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Projects

QVTILA / HEALED SCAR Music Project

Kitasoo Community School in Klemtu, British Columbia

QVITLA / HEALED SCAR is a 5 song EP featuring 11 students and community members from the Kitasoo Community High School class in Klemtu, BC. In collaboration with and produced by artist Milan André.

Credits: Milan André, Eliza Mason, Roberta Duncan, Tina Lobbes, Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss, Hayley Wallis, Dominic Robinson, Ernie & Charlie Mason

Linocut & Screenprinting Project

Lack Klan, British Columbia

Linocut / Screen Printing project created by youth artist assistant, Tyra Lewis. In collaboration with screenprinting artist, Chris Robertson.

Credits: Tyra Lewis, Chris Robertson

Collective Mural Project

Bella Bella Community School in Bella Bella, British Columbia

The Collective Mural Project was a community & school collaborative initiative that brought together students, teachers, knowledge keepers, parents and local artists to create a mural telling the story of the Heiltsuk people through the collaboration of our artist in residence, Fanny Aishaa.

Credits: Fanny Aishaa

Collective Mural Project

Kitasoo Community School in Klemtu, British Columbia

Spray painting on 4 large panel project created by a group of Kitasoo Community School students. In collaboration with professional working artist, Kalkidan Assefa.

Credits: Kalkidan Assefa