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Some of London’s storm drains have been transformed into works of art, as part of an initiative to raise awareness about pollution in our lakes and rivers.

The city unveiled its catchbasin community public art initiative on Tuesday at Ivey Park, where three of the storm drains are located.

The artwork is a reminder that whatever goes down the drain — including litter such as plastic and cigarette butts — ends up in local water systems.

“Every cigarette butt doesn’t seem like a big deal when someone throws it away, but it’s one of the biggest polluters in the river,” said Marianne Griffith, the manager of Green Economy London.

The environmental group teamed up with the City of London and the London Arts Council for the public art initiative.

Six local artists were selected to create “mini-murals” around some of the city’s 32,000 storm drains or catchbasins.

“It begins with this problem that we have, this environmental problem, and what does the artist community do about this? And that’s where things really get interesting,” said Jeremy Jeresky, the curator of public programs and learning with the London Arts Council.

Erica Dornbusch’s artwork, which features several fish swimming out of the storm drain, reflects our relationship with the environment and the impact pollution has on the natural wildlife. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)

Erica Dornbusch, one of the artists whose work can be found in Ivey Park, hopes the initiative will help spark a conversation in the community.

“There’s things that we do when we’re participating and being in our environment that we’re not really aware the impact of,” said Dornbush, adding that the art acts as a gentle, daily reminder.

The other sites for the initiative are Springbank Park, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and the Lambeth Area.

The London Arts Council is also supporting catchbasin public art at the London Brewing Co-operative, which also recently installed a LittaTrap to keep litter out of the storm drain.

Holly Pitchette’s artwork which includes English phrases reminding people “All drains lead to the river” and “Protect the water.” Pitchette also plans to add Cree syllabics to her piece. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)

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A rare glance inside Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre – CBC.ca




An innovative and interactive space which is expected to become home to the largest collection of Inuit art in the world is under construction at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The gallery’s Inuit Art Centre promises to bring stories to the forefront from across Inuit Nunangat — the homeland of Inuit communities in Canada — which encompasses 35 per cent of Canada’s landmass and 50 per cent of its coastline.

“We’re trying to create a space that will feel like or insinuate a sense of the North so that the work that’s shown there feels like it’s really in its context,” the centre’s architect Michael Maltzan said.

“The landscape, the fluidity [and] the scale have all had a real effect on the actual architecture,” he said.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery holds trust in more than 13,000 Inuit artworks – “each one with stories to tell” — according to the gallery’s website.

The $65-million centre will house the largest collection of Inuit art in the world. (Michael Maltzan Architecture/Winnipeg Art Gallery)

The Winnipeg gallery has had a significant connection to Inuit art, especially post-war contemporary art, Maltzan said. The centre intends to continue building on those longstanding relations.

Manitoba is home to 610 people who identified as Inuit in the 2016 census. With a total of 65,025 Inuit living across the country, the population grew by nearly 30 per cent from 2006 to 2016.

Maltzan said the project is important to the Inuit culture, the history of the gallery and the city. He said he’s pleased to see the progress of the construction and watch the project come to fruition.

“It’s immensely gratifying,” Maltzan said.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery says the new Inuit Art Centre will be home to a collection of contemporary Inuit art unlike any other in the world — and will bring new stories to the forefront. (Justin Fraser/CBC)

A rendering of the visible vault of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre. (Michael Maltzan Architecture/Winnipeg Art Gallery)

The new art centre will allow the Winnipeg Art Gallery bring pieces like this out of its vault to the public. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

The Winnipeg centre’s grand opening is set for spring 2020.

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Nelson sensei using martial arts to help Rwandan trauma survivors – Nelson Star




Submitted by Martial Arts for Justice

Dean Siminoff has made six trips to Rwanda in the past four years to help spread a message of hope and confidence to the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. He spreads this message through his specialized training designed to help people rebuild their capacity for resilience, empowering these individuals while healing their past trauma. This method, called enhanced resilience training, is the evolution of his more than 25 years of martial arts experience and his quest for justice.

When he returned to Rwanda this past April he saw the impact even a few hours of resilience training had on widows still recovering from the trauma of the genocide. Along with his Rwandan team, Siminoff visited one of the widows who participated in Martial Arts for Justice’s enhanced resilience training in Kigali last October.

“This group of widows spent a couple of hours with us learning how the martial arts can help them become more resilient and overcome the lingering effects of their trauma from 25 years ago,” Siminoff says.

“The next day, one participating lady told me she’d had the best sleep she’d had in years, and that she dreamt she was being assaulted again, but this time she was able to fight back. It was an awakening of sorts for her, for her mind, her body and her spirit.

“When I was back in Kigali in April, we made a point of going to visit her. She was excited to tell me that every day she practises the moves we taught her in October. She’s kept up the practice. This is the impact that our enhanced resilience program can have,” he adds.

Siminoff is the founder of Martial Arts for Justice, a Nelson-based Canadian national charity that raises money each spring with a board breaking competition to fund projects such as bringing the enhanced resilience program to Rwanda.

This year, the Breaking Boards Breaking Chains campaign raised $40,000 through martial arts schools from B.C., the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. The competition brings together martial arts students for a public display of breaking boards and raising awareness of the problems of violence and oppression around the world.

Students collect pledges for each board they break, and all proceeds go directly to Martial Arts for Justice.

The money raised is helping bring the enhanced resilience training to survivors, therapists and educators in Rwanda. Martial Arts for Justice has a small team in Rwanda that builds the connections, lays the groundwork and assists Siminoff on his training trips.

“The theme of our fundraiser this year was healing trauma through building resilience,” says Siminoff. “Coming back from Rwanda with stories, testimonials and evidence that the training is working helps these students at martial arts schools here in Canada see that their efforts have an outcome and are making a difference.”

Breaking Boards Breaking Chains has raised more than $240,000 since it started in 2013. The money has supported efforts to end modern-day slavery, rescue victims of human trafficking, and help survivors of the Rwandan genocide overcome trauma and begin to rebuild their lives.

Martial Arts for Justice is an alliance of martial artists and school owners who choose to actively pursue justice, locally and globally. Located in Nelson, it works with martial arts schools across Canada and internationally to help bring an end to violence and oppression.

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Discover over 500 artists at Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl – Vancouver Courier




Art aficionados, rejoice!

Vancouver’s 23rd annual Eastside Culture Crawl takes place across Vancouver’s Eastside community this fall from Nov. 14 to 17.

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Encompassing the region bounded by Columbia Street, First Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront, the Eastside Arts District is home to the highest concentration of visual artists, designers and craft makers in Canada.

The festival offers a chance for visitors to discover over 500 visual artists in their art studios, collaborative work spaces, garages, and homes. You’ll discover painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers and more. While there are multiple studios for the event, the central area is bounded by Columbia Street, First Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront.

“Each year, we welcome visitors to discover the creativity and richness of the Eastside Arts District. For our 23rd annual Crawl, we are also imparting an urgent message through our new Displacement Exhibition, that this vibrant community needs more support,” says Esther Rausenberg, executive director of the Eastside Culture Crawl.

“As Vancouver’s artists continue to face immense hardships such as renovictions, rising rents and dwindling studio availability, it’s imperative we come together to protect creative spaces and celebrate the integrity of this incredible, industrious community and recognize the positive impact artists have on our society.”

Last year, the festival saw record-breaking 45,000 attendees. This season, the Crawl is encouraging a deeper connection with artists through a brand-new curated series of free artist talks and conversations taking place at various studios in advance of the Crawl, from Nov. 4 to 9.

Displacement: Eastside Culture Crawl Special Exhibit

It takes place at various venues from Oct. 29 to Nov. 24, and features a juried exhibition of works by Metro Vancouver visual artists who have faced the challenges of eviction or have found ways to survive displacement.

Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave.)

Nov. 2–10 | Opening Reception: Nov. 2, 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St.)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 24 | Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

The Cultch (1895 Venables St.)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 24 | Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Alternative Creations Gallery (1659 Venables St.)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 17 | Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Take Flight

3rd Annual Benefit and Culture Crawl Festival Launch

Nov. 2 | Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave.)

6 – 8:30 p.m. — Cocktails and Canapes

8:30 – 10 p.m. — No Host Bar

Tickets: $75 | Art Roulette $375

Talking Art

Nov. 4 – 8 at 7 p.m. | Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

A curated series of intimate and entertaining talks by 2019 Culture Crawl artists, designers, and craftspeople, at various studios.

Moving Art: Culture Crawl’s Sixth Annual Projection of Film & Video

Nov. 14 – 17 | Noon to 11 p.m. daily | Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Dr.)

A showing of evocative, art-based, contemporary silent films.

Closing Night Film with Marina Roy

Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. | The Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave.)

ECCS and Cineworks present an evening of films with cross-disciplinary artist and UBC Associate Professor Marina Roy.

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