Hello Ottawa! We are hub #5 and we are a small group of budding artists, art administrators and educators, led by the indomitable Jaime Koebel: indigenous arts educator, curator, visual artist, entrepreneur, dance manager, and mother. We had the opportunity to meet one another this Monday at Sweet Bites in the Glebe where we discussed what we’d been up to and our excitement for the months ahead.
Here’s what happened in June:
Chelsie Legree bid farewell to The Westlake Gallery, which she had co-founded in the North Bay in 2014. We are thrilled she back in this city of canals and cold! She currently works at the Children’s Universe Daycare Centre and is gearing up for the fall, when she will be supply teaching at the local schools. Chelsie is interested in finding funding to bring accessible art programs to rural areas and would love any resources or recommendations you may have. Our Hub has chatted about a few possible starts and Jaime gave her some grant funding opportunities to check out.
Kimberley Lai has been busy working at the Council of Heritage Organization in Ottawa and managing their Capital Time Capture photo initiative: PHOTOttawa150. People are encouraged to submit their photos of life in Ottawa during 2017. Selected photos will be donated to the City of Ottawa Archives. She’s also currently taking French lessons.
Sarah MacDonell had a few poetry performances this month. (You can watch her performance at Tree Reading Series here). Sarah is part of the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Youth Board, dépArt, which had its first event, a button-making workshop with local artist Ajà Besler, on the 28th. They are planning more events and you can check back here for upcoming information ☺ Sarah was working cake-side at a vegetarian bakery, but recently put away her apron to finish up some copy writing contracts. She is now looking for an art administration job and any excuse to bulk-bake muffins.
In early June, we joined Jaime for a tour around the National Gallery, where she works as an arts educator. As we walked around the administrative offices, we met conservators, curators, librarians, educators, and editors and chatted with them about their part in bringing arts programming to the public. And, later in June, we joined Jaime for the opening of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, which integrated, for the first time in an Ottawa art institute, the evolution of Canadian and Indigenous artworks.
AOE Arts Council–This program is made possible by support from the Ontario 150 Partnership Program and is in partnership with the Cultural Human Resources Council. To find out more about the program, click here!
This group is composed of mentees Kimberley Lai, Chelsie Legree and Sarah MacDonell, who will be guided by Indigenous artist, educator and dancer Jaime Koebel, founder of Ottawa’s Indigenous Walks. Ce groupe est composé de nos mentorés Kimberley Lai, Chelsie Legree et Sarah MacDonell, qui seront guidé par l’artiste autochtone, l’educatrice et la danceuse Jaime Koebel, fondatrice d’Indigenous Walks à Ottawa.