After the City of Surrey released a corporate report in July about a potential mural project for Cloverdale, BIA director Paul Orazietti is saying, “hang on a minute.”
In the report, Parks and Rec. GM Laurie Cavan recommends “council authorize the Cloverdale Mural Project group to proceed” with their murals.
Orazietti thinks the mural project is a great idea, but noted there are other groups and other building owners that want to paint murals too and he wants to make sure everyone is on the same page.
“All we’re saying is, ‘Let’s work together on this.’ That way we’ll have a cohesive result that everyone can be happy with.”
Maria Koehn started the Cloverdale Mural Project with some other Cloverdale residents and artists in 2019. Koehn took her project to Cavan and the Parks and Rec. department earlier this year in an effort to get approval.
Orazietti said he’s talked with Koehn several times and he’s really excited about her project. He thinks it’ll be great for the town.
“When you start to look at the process, you start to say, ‘We need a plan.’”
He said a perfect example rests in the Murray Motors mural on the side of the old Surrey Leader building on 176th. The mural was painted for the 2006 film Deck the Halls.
“Part of what we, as a business community, want to do is to come back and say, ‘there are some premium sites we need to consider for murals,’ because, ultimately, right now, the rules are loose and someone can go up to a building owner and ask them if they want a mural.”
He asked what type of themes will fit with Cloverdale best.
“Do we want rodeo themes? Heritage themes? Film and television themes? Rural themes? These are questions that individual groups can’t answer.”
Orazietti wants the city to consider some sort of process that takes everything into account: cooperation with building owners, members of the business community, citizens, and business groups, such as the BIA and Chamber.
“What does everyone think and how does this fit in with the rest of the town?”
He said there’s a problem with a hodge-podge approach, where the city just approves this project or that project.
“You have no theme, no continuity and, usually, it’s more than one group with competing interests. And it’s not like all groups will have a complete understanding of what each other is doing, or that they will even have dialogue with each other.”
Orazietti said the city should create a plan for public art, murals, and placemaking, one that has a cohesive understanding for all communities.
“Part of what we’re trying to do is to talk with the city, and create a plan and come back and talk about a number of different placemaking components that involve public art.”
Orazietti said he doesn’t think any of the groups are in opposing camps, as everyone’s goal is to help create better spaces for the community.
“I think there’s … an ambitious desire for (the mural project group) to make their mark, but to do what they’re doing is, unfortunately, a bit ambitious. You want to make everything cohesive, that is the key part.”
Orazietti said he’s started a group called Vision Cloverdale, which seeks to bring all stakeholders together with the goal of working together to get art, placemaking, and other beautification efforts done with the greater community in mind.
Orazietti noted there is also already another mural group that may be painting some murals in Cloverdale.
“The city wants the other group, which is non-competing, to work with (the BIA),” said Orazietti. “So my concerns are that the rules aren’t laid out, there needs to be prioritization of space, and there needs to be a discussion about what everyone in the community and the business owners want to see.”
Indigenous knowledge keepers help Winnipeg Art Gallery in renaming of art collections – CTV News Winnipeg
Indigenous knowledge keepers are helping Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq rename pieces of art that were given inappropriate titles.
Julia Lafreniere, head of Indigenous initiatives at WAG-Qaumajuq, has been working with researchers and Indigenous knowledge keepers to identify 57 works at the gallery that are in need of a name change.
It is part of the art gallery’s work to decolonize its collection.
“As with many historical art collections at galleries, there are often pieces that have inappropriate titles in today’s context. For example, some pieces will still carry words like ‘Indian,’ or ‘Eskimo,’ or ‘Savage,'” Lafreniere told CTV News.
Julia Lafreniere, head of Indigenous initiatives at WAG-Qaumajuq, has been working with researchers and Indigenous knowledge keepers to identify 57 works at the gallery that are in need of a name change. (Source: Danton Unger/ CTV News Winnipeg)
The gallery identified each nation depicted in these 57 pieces, and asked knowledge keepers from those nations to rename the art. She said Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Inuit and Dene knowledge keepers joined the initiative.
“They all did it in their own way,” Lafreniere said, adding some knowledge keepers held renaming ceremonies, giving the pieces new names in their Indigenous languages.
One collection, formerly titled ‘Drawings of Eskimo Clothing’, is being given a new name in Inuktitut, ‘Ajjinuanga Angnaop Annuranganik.’
One collection, formerly titled ‘Drawings of Eskimo Clothing’ (pictured), is being given a new name in Inuktitut, ‘Ajjnuanga Angnaop Annurangnik’ as a part of WAG-Qaumajuq’s renaming initiative. (Source: Danton Unger/ CTV News Winnipeg)
While the pieces are getting new names, Lafreniere said the knowledge keepers have asked that the old names still be included to be used as an educational tool.
She said the renaming is an important step.
“The titles, oftentimes, are the first way that the artwork is introduced to the public and people engaging with that artwork,” she said.
“Giving them these new titles given by ceremonial leaders from the Indigenous community, it really ingrains Indigenous knowledge into the canon of art history.”
She said WAG-Qaumajuq is the first art gallery to do this kind of renaming initiative, but she hopes other galleries do the same.
More information about the Artworks Renaming Initiative can be found online.
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The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Reading Series presents author Gil Adamson on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Adamson will read from her recent novel, Ridgerunner, a finalist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and winner of the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Set in the Canadian and U.S. West in 1917, the book is a sequel to Adamson’s well-received first novel, Outlander. Publisher House of Anansi described Ridgerunner as “a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition… a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world.” The reading is a Zoom event and it’s free. Register in advance through eventbrite.ca.
A Beautiful Mess
FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park is holding an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 18 for its new exhibition, A Beautiful Mess: the joyful & random discovery of the artistic process. Creating something real out of the imagination can be a dishevelled and uncertain undertaking, usually carried out in private. Here, FibreWorks is turning that inside-out. “This show aims to create a sense of intimacy between the artist and the public.” The reception runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will run until Oct.31.
The Roberts Creek Legion has helped keep live music going on the Sunshine Coast through the warmer days over the past 18 months, thanks to its outdoor stage. Those setups have kept patrons in the fresh air and safely separated. Now the club is moving its visiting bands back to its indoor stage – and visitors onto its new dance floor – with a “Grande Re-Opening” on Friday, Sept. 17, featuring the Ween tribute band, Captain Fantasy. Doors at 7 p.m. The legion follows on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. with a string of acts, including The Locals, Eddy Edrick, Michelle Morand, and an open-stage jam. Proof of vaccination will be required for admission to all shows.
The Locals also play the outdoor venue at Tapworks in Gibsons on Saturday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. That might depend on the weather, as (at press time) heavy rain was forecast for Saturday.
The Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour presents Karl Kirkaldy on Friday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 19, Half Cut and The Slackers rock the Clubhouse from 2 to 5 p.m.
Joe Stanton is scheduled to entertain on Saturday, Sept. 18 on the patio at the Backeddy Resort and Marina in Egmont. Again, that’s weather-dependent.
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