Reviving Mi’kmaw Art

Reviving MI'KMAW Art


Reviving Mi’kmaw Art brought to you by TD Ready Commitment & Qalipu First Nation is a program designed to provide emerging Indigenous artists with an opportunity to earn fair industry fees for their art while developing leadership skills within our Indigenous art community through workshop facilitation. Participants will have authentic opportunities for the transfer of traditional Mi’kmaw skills and culture by being paired with a mentor with similar skills. Revitalization of elements of Mi’kmaw culture that have previously been lost to the Indigenous people of Newfoundland and Labrador will provide Mi’kmaw people with a new connection to their culture and will increase Indigenous awareness and presence throughout the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The selected participants will work with the jury to choose up to 2 pieces of completed work that represent their skill in their chosen art or craft. The exhibition will be featured at 6 locations throughout Newfoundland; venues, times and dates will be advertised once they are confirmed. Exhibitions will be featured in Stephenville, Corner Brook, Woody Point, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, and St. John’s.

Along with a travelling exhibition, the participants will work with the professionals of the jury through a minimum of two mentorship sessions on the creation and delivery of a workshop in their skillset. They will then be required to deliver this workshop one time through the course of the travelling exhibition in one community where the art will be on display. Qalipu First Nation will promote these workshops as free events for the community and will provide all materials needed for the workshop, including the materials required for the facilitator.

*Participants were selected by a panel of experienced mentors after applying through a registration process advertised on our social media pages. Registration was open for a period of 4 weeks.

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