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Indigenous Artists in Residency

Artist Talk with Danni Black, Marina Crane, and Sheldon First Rider

When: June 22, 2018, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Where: City Hall Atrium, Calgary Municipal Building (800 Macleod Tr. SE)

As part of its commitment to provide more opportunities for Indigenous artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program invited Treaty 7 and local urban Indigenous artists to apply for a three-month long residency. This research-based residency included community and stakeholder engagement, public presentations and the development of proposals which may inform future public art commissions.

This residency was designed to provide dedicated research time for Indigenous artists interested in working within a Municipal Government context and in pursuing public art as part of their practice.

The following three artists were selected by a selection panel for this residency:

Danielle (Danni) Black, or Sui Taa Kik (Sue-Da-Gee) is a Niitsitapi Two-Spirit filmmaker, writer, and grassroots community organizer. She founded the Treaty 7 Film Collective, writes for FREQ magazine covering Indigenous focused topics. The research she undertook during the residency was focused on Indigenous youth and their relationship to their language while growing up in urban settings.

An Elder from Tsuut’ina Nation situated on the south west section of the city limits of the City of Calgary, Marina Crane (Hapan Kinyewakan) is an artist, working primary with healing, spirituality through traditional teaching, and ritual abuse topics within Indigenous people as it pertains to exploitation of indigenous girls and women.

Sheldon First Rider, a Blackfoot Elder from the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta, used the residency as an opportunity to continue researching and further developing stories shared by his grandfather, Blackfoot Elder and storyteller George First Rider, as well as the stories of his people passed down through generations of ancestors.

We invite you to join the artists in conversation and engagement with the work explored during this first Indigenous Artist Residency at The City of Calgary.

Following the presentation, there will be a tour of the Open Spaces Window Gallery by Danni Black, and a presentation of the Blackfoot Gallery at the Glenbow Museum, led by Sheldon First Rider.

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