We’ve been quietly busy this fall, working on our new logo, a new website, and on filling the new year with a number of events we’re pretty excited about!
First things first: The new NWIA quilled-loomwork inspired logo was designed by our friends at Beehive Design in Toronto. We’re thrilled that our new look reflects the four directions, harmony, equality, and a contemporary artistic expression rooted with traditional elements.
SAVE THE DATES
In the new year, we will present our latest Catalyst Series event with renowned musician Pura Fé and emerging artist Rosary Spence. Join us for an intimate evening of beautiful voices at The Music Gallery, Toronto, February 26th, 2016, 8pm and on Pikwakanagan First Nation on February 21st, 2016. Pura Fé and Rosary Spence will also be presenting day time workshops, stay tuned for details.
On June 3-5, 2016, we’ll present Miiyuu Pimaatswin ~ Living a Good Life: A Symposium for Indigenous Women Arts Leaders in Toronto. More information and registration will be available soon!
Also in 2016 we’ll be opening the call for our second annual Barbara Laronde Award to honour an emerging Indigenous Female artist from Northern Ontario. Our 2015 recipient, Aylan Couchie, recently installed a new sculpture at The Halifax Stanfield Airport. The work, entitled “The Current Current,” considers transportation in Canada: pre-colonial, post-colonial and modern. Congratulations Aylan on your continued success.
Lastly, one of the features of our new site is the ability to accept charitable donations. To support Canada’s leading arts organization for Indigenous women artists (that’s us!) and receive your tax deductible receipt by email click here. You can also donate directly to The Barbara Laronde Award to honour the Laronde family legacy and support the best emerging Indigenous female artists in Northern Ontario.
Whewf! We’re looking forward to taking a holiday break (we’re closed from December 21st-January 1st) and to seeing all of you in the new year for more Indigenous arts excellence.
The NWIA team