These participatory workshops will explore how Indigenous peoples express the experience of colonization across artistic disciplines; how art contributes to the maintenance and recovery of culture; the intersections of decolonization work for both racialized and indigenous communities; and how relationships within and among communities are built using artistic processes.
On August 3: Award-winning author Lee Maracle discusses resisting colonization through art and cultural reclamation.
On August 10: Activist and writer Zainab Amadahy looks at how recovering, creating and sharing Indigenous women's music contributes to indigenizing our ways of thinking as well as our relationships on Turtle Island (North America).
On August 17: Amai Kuda-singer/songwriter and community activist-examines the importance of spirit and spirituality in the process of decolonizing, and the role of art as a primary vehicle for spirit's expression. Addressing the socio-political and personal, theoretical as well as practical, the workshop will probe the questions of 'how do we listen to the voices of our ancestors?' and 'how are we the voices of ancestors?'
On August 24: Filmmaker Malinda Francis explores the idea of decolonization through video. She delves into the importance of educating youth about the negative images which bombard them every day, and empowering the youth to create their own images.
Dates: August 3, 10, 17 and 24 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. each night
Location: University of Toronto - OISE (Room 2198)
Cost: $80 for series of 4; $25 for single session [*Students and CAO members: 10% discount]
For more information or to register call (416) 598 1128 or visit http://www.communityartsontario.ca/
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