The Bridge Wellness Hub for Youth in Fort Saskatchewan unveiled new art installations and a dedicated space for spiritual reflection and cultural healing.
Indigenous artists Ellie Lagrandeur and Stacey Shearing, who created the art that adorns the new spiritual space, inaugurated and blessed the area with a smudging ceremony, using sage and sweetgrass. Legrandeur emphasized the strength and importance of the community during the ceremony.
“Sweetgrass is known as the first plant and as Mother Earth’s hair,” explained Lagrandeur. “I think it’s so important to have this community. It’s like the strand of sweetgrass, it’s pretty strong stuff but when it stands alone it can be broken. Sure you can be strong, but if you’re pulled in different directions you can be broken. Yet when it’s together in a braid, like the community, it is so much stronger. So I think it’s important that everybody is together here. You are not alone. I think if we all practice love, kindness and honesty, we will all stand stronger together, which is what this space is all about.”
Legrandeur explained that the burning sage removes any negative energy, and the sweetgrass welcomes positive energy into the space.
As all things at The Bridge, the idea for the new Indigenous spiritual space was thought up by the youth themselves.
“So it was really grassroots the way it came together,” explained Sharie Valentine, Manager of The Bridge. “We had a youth meeting and the youth indicated that they wanted to have an Indigenous spiritual space. From there we reached out to Ellie and Stacey who are local and everything came together and everyone was really excited about it. It’s important to have a space like this to show inclusiveness and to work towards truth and reconciliation.”
Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gale Katchur, who attended the unveiling and ceremony, echoed the significance of the new spiritual space.
“I think having the Indigenous space at the Bridge Wellness Hub will just add to our community and encourage people to come in and embrace it. Today is very special having Ellie Lagrandeur come to do a smudging and to speak to what it represents for our community. The Bridge Wellness hub is just amazing and I encourage all youth to come out and experience it. I’m just so impressed with the space and I’m so thankful we have it in our community.”
Ellie Lagrandeur and Stacey Shearing, who provided the Indigenous art for The Bridge, are resident artists at Dream Catchers Gift & Art Gallery in downtown Fort Saskatchewan. At their shop you can find original art work, art prints, local stone and wood carvings, jewellery, dream catchers, as well as anything Indigenous. Ellie and Stacey are regularly in-shop creating and painting.
The Bridge is a wellness hub for youth between the ages of 11 – 24 years old. It provides various health and wellness services for youth including counselling and support groups/programs. The Bridge helps to ease the transition between youth and mental health support by providing access to the health services young people need, as well as an open space to hang out with friends and make new connections. It is an inclusive space for all youth to access whether they are utilizing support services or not.
Some of their services include: Drop-In Counselling Services, Addictions Counselling, altView Peer Support (LGBTQ2+), Rainbow Alliance Group, Indigenous Support, Inclusive Spaces, Computer Lab, Relaxation Room, Kitchen with Community Pantry, Coffee Nook, Creative Art Space and Wi-Fi. Their drop-in, free space area is separate from the support services of the centre, allowing youth to feel comfortable in whichever space they choose.
You can find out more at facebook.com/TheBridgeWHY.
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As the wind and rain raged in the dark on a cold November weeknight, it was warm, bright, and dry in the Salle le Tremplin, where Lou-Philip and his friend Benjamin gathered paints and brushes for a project Benjamin was about to begin. All the while, fragments of music from an upright piano and acoustic guitar filled the room while several others sat at vinyl-covered tables working on paintings, sculptures, and more.
Only open since last spring, the Art Hive held every Wednesday in Tremplin 16-30’s multi-purpose room is one of the region’s better-attended hives. Like most Art Hives, attendance is open to the public and free of charge.
Art Hives are a global movement, founded in Canada, to help like-minded people start community-based studios. At an Art Hive (Ruche d’art in French), anyone can work on self-directed artistic projects, with no instruction or direction. The concept was conceived by Janis Timm-Bottos, an art therapist and associate professor at Concordia University.
The history of Art Hives begins during the 1990s when Timm-Bottos was working in a community clinic serving the homeless in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Toronto Biennial of Art Appoints Curators
The Toronto Biennial of Art has appointed Montreal curator Dominique Fontaine and Peruvian curator Miguel A. López as co-curators of its 2024 edition.
Fontaine, who was born in Haiti, is a founding director of aposteriori, a non-profit curatorial platform that produces diverse and innovative contemporary art. Her projects include curating Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto in 2014, and co-curating the survey exhibition Here, We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary, which showed at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2018.
López worked as chief curator, and later as co-director, of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica, from 2015 to 2020. In 2019, he curated the retrospective exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure at the Witte de With (now Kunstinstituut Melly) in Rotterdam. The exhibition travelled to Mexico City, Madrid and Bogota.
Patrizia Libralato, the biennial’s executive director, said the two curators will contribute scholarship, innovation and inspiration to deepen the event’s connections to both local communities and global conversations.
“Together, we aim to create an event as uniquely diverse, responsive, challenging and engaging as the city itself,” she said.
The biennial, which will run from Sept. 21 to Dec. 1, 2024, attracted more then 450,000 visitors to its first two editions, which featured free programming across the city.
It has featured work by artists such as AA Bronson, Judy Chicago, Brian Jungen, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Kapwani Kiwanga, Caroline Monnet, Denyse Thomasos and Camille Turner.
Source: Toronto Biennial of Art
Football and art come together in the first NFT exhibition of its kind
– The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s From Strike to Stroke exhibit features 64 FIFA World Cup match results in a unique man-machine collaboration
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ — The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) celebrates the art of the beautiful game in a unique exhibition at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. From Strike to Stroke features 64 NFTs by 32 artists from the competing nations, while Artificial Intelligence (AI) fuses the pieces from the contending two countries in each of the 64 matches into a unique piece based on the match outcome. The result will be a singular collection of one-of-a-kind NFTs created through a collaboration of man and machine. Strike to Stroke runs at the Msheireb Galleria Doha, Qatar until December 23.
Ithra, a cultural bridge between Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world, channels the world’s passion for football into its infatuation with the arts as the world comes together for the World Cup. The exhibition melds the man-made with the machine-made, and combines art, sport and technology in an innovative fashion.
It features the work of 32 emerging and established artists, each tasked with creating a piece representing their country and using their respective team’s jersey colors. After each match, the AI-powered algorithm combines the artists’ creations with match statistics to generate unique pieces that represent each game. The collection will be a unique set of pieces presented as NFTs – non-fungible tokens. These cryptographic assets are based on blockchain technology, and created in a process similar to cryptocurrencies.
From Strike to Stroke includes artists who have never created NFTs and NFT artists who had not worked within traditional fine art.
“The passion shared by football fans for the love of the beautiful game can be tangential to the passion shared by art aesthetes,” said Dr. Shurooq Amin in her curator’s brief to the exhibition. “By connecting 32 artists from both the traditional and digital arenas, Ithra not only bridges the gap between Web2 to Web3, and between football and art, but furthermore between human and machine, as the artists collaborate with AI generation technology to create unique NFTs that combine art, football and technology.”
Images and exhibition catalogue can be found here.
For more information on Ithra and its programs, visit www.ithra.com.
SOURCE King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)
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