Building on the success of last year’s Open Space Indigenous Youth Artist Showcase Group, we are currently planning the 2015 Indigenous Emerging Artists Program. Young artists will be offered the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary practices, including the many facets of media arts: video art, sound art, digital arts, etc. This free, hands-on program will encourage Aboriginal youth to tell their stories while benefiting from the guidance of established artists/mentors such as Jackson 2Bears, Peter Morin, Janet Rogers, Doug Jarvis, and Curator-in-Residence France Trépanier. They will also have access to experienced technicians and all necessary equipment, thanks to a partnership with MediaNet.
The Indigenous Emerging Artists Program is designed for Indigenous youth (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) age 15 to 30 interested in developing their art, exploring new media, and producing exciting work. Participants will meet every second week for workshops, field trips and artist talks. The program will run from May to November 2015, resulting in a public presentation and discussion. For more information please contact Open Space at 250.383.8833.
Program supporters: British Columbia Arts Council, British Columbia Community Gaming Grant, the City of Victoria, the Capital Regional District, Victoria Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, MediaNet, Arts Victoria.