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Strengthening Artists' Practices through Connection and Support

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CARFAC Alberta /CARFAC Saskatchewan webinar

Wednesday, March 17: 6:30 - 8:00pm MDT/CST

with Audrey Dreaver (artist, curator, lecturer, art consultant, and advisor, Regina)

and Toyin Oladele (performing artist, curator, arts administrator, and founder of Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation, Calgary)

Our visual arts ecology is changing. New artists and diverse communities are being empowered through education and mentorship. Audrey Dreaver and Toyin Oladele are two artists that use the arts to strengthen our communities. Join us for this important discussion on March 17th. The two 30 minute presentations will be followed by a 30 minute discussion based on your comments and questions.

About Audrey Dreaver

Audrey Dreaver is a nehiyiwak (Plains Cree) artist, curator, lecturer, art consultant and advisor. For the past twenty years, she has served on the province's various art and culture-related Councils, Boards, and peer assessments. Her work includes involvement in a variety of art and museum initiatives that link fine art, museology, academia, and community from single projects to development of art classes and initiatives within the university system. Along with her own art practice, and curation, she is currently Faculty and Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Communication & Fine Art Department at the First Nations University of Canada where she lectures on Indigenous art histories of the Americas, and teaches studio art.

Audrey Dreaver will be discussing how Art Is Connection. Audrey's topic for this project focuses on the importance of valuing the connection of art and community as a means of individual and collective empowerment. Her topic will explore art's ability to connect us in educating, healing, and strengthening. In the words of Buffy St. Marie, "We carry a medicine in us. Especially the medicine of the arts." (from "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World")

About Toyin Oladele and the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation:

Toyin Oladele is an experienced performing artist, curator and arts administrator with a demonstrated history of excellence in programming, community engagement and arts-based event planning and production. Her professional experience is firmly rooted in her ability to combine the arts with community spaces, which she strives to make connective, inclusive and vibrant through collaborative strategies. Toyin consults for cultural and arts organizations and is an advocate for equity and inclusion in the arts community. Toyin founded the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) in 2019 and is currently the organization’s Executive Director.

The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) is an arts council based in Calgary, Alberta, founded in January 2019 with the purpose of connecting newcomer artists with the existing arts community in Calgary. ICAI strives to provide resources and information that would help newcomer artists turn their passion and creativity into thriving careers or businesses. ICAI actively encourages diversity of expression and culture through the creation of a safe and welcoming community hub where newcomer artists feel free to express their distinct cultural identities through their arts.

Toyin Oladele will be discussing how mentorship can open doors for diverse communities and strengthen the entire arts community.

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