ABOUT THE ARTIST
For more than 30 years I have been most fortunate to work as an Artist, Consultant, Trainer and Producer for many cutting edge grass-roots communication for social change projects with diverse cultures from across Canada, primarily in the four Inuit land claim territories.
Many of the social issues being explored were on themes of suicide, spousal abuse and fetal alcohol syndrome (to name a few), the result of residential school and assimilation experiences. Although this work was extremely satisfying, I began to realize I wanted to help create social change on a more personal level with people and to help them find their voice through art.
In 2014 I became an Expressive Art Practitioner and my private practice, The Shifting Tree, was born.
Through the exploration of issues using all art modalities, I provide a safe place for people to explore their inner worlds and then proudly voice their world through art.
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Participants: Working with Indigenous youth
Category: Performing, visual arts
This project will engage urban Indigenous youth in a personal artistic journey that will culminate in a collaborative creation reflecting their experience and place in an urban setting.
Using Expressive Arts practices such as performance, written words, visual arts and mixed media, the artist is leading a group of Indigenous youth through a co-created art project where they will explore their own feelings around being in an urban setting. The project includes two weekly sessions for approximately 8 weeks, as well as 3 weekend days.
The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization serving the Aboriginal community in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal people in the Capital region; to maintain a tradition of community, an ethic of self-help and development as well as to provide traditional teachings from our elders.