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First Nations and Friends Art Club
The First Nations and Friends Art Club is a free, monthly, extra-curricular art class that runs from September - June, supported by private donations.
The program is designed to look at art through a First Nations lens at traditional art practices, but also the philosophy of using everything from recycled and found objects to donated and discarded materials. Community members have donated wool, beads, costume jewellery, old leather jackets and more.
The class celebrates First Nations Art and promotes students with First Nations’ heritage to feel proud of their heritage as well as sharing the experience of making art, and thinking about art through a First Nations’ lens with friends from around the world. This program promotes parent-child participation and has welcomed everyone who has signed up to participate.
Cree status artist Gerald Morrisseau inspires youth to explore their creativity and shares practices from his Cree and Celtic ancestry-inspired art practice. Occasionally other artists have lead classes, but mostly Gerald facilitates the art projects, and although he donates much of his time, he is paid an honorarium and some of the art materials are purchased.
Currently the program has run out of funding and I am in the process of seeking more grants/funding to keep this popular program going!