Explore and experience New College's Indigenous artistic hub

May 28, 2020 by A&S News

New College was excited to host an artistic hub during the annual Native American Indigenous Studies Association conference (NAISA), co-curated by Assistant Professor Karyn Recollet of the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Jenny Blackbird, Ciimann/Kahuwe’ya/ Qajaq Indigenous Language initiative program coordinator at the Centre for Indigenous Studies this May. With New College's D.G. Ivey Library hosting Ange Loft’s Talking Treaties in Tkaronto multi-media installation.

The conference was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19, but the Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub — an exceptional collective of Indigenous artists and "art-ivists" — has worked to offer a series of creative online events to experience and enjoy together, yet not — in this moment of a collective pause.

Schedule of Events

All events are free, but registration is required.

May 28th, 2020, 4-5 pm

Nyle Johnston in NASA shirt with colourful backgroundConnecting with our First Family: A virtual studio visit with Nyle Johnston
Gaa-izhi-azhenaadiziyang nindinimaaganinaan:  Connecting with Our First Family

This interactive workshop looks to the tradition of storytelling as a foundation for learning.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the use of visual art as a catalyst for student voice and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Register now.

June 4th, 2020, 4-5 pm

colourful pattern

‘happening’ - A conversation & activation between Jenny Blackbird, Karyn Recollet and special guest Liz Osawamick

We ask, how do we think alongside a strawberry, as a more-than-human relation/as a ready to be worn, or offered-extension of care? What are the concepts and forms, shapes of care, and relationality that does not require a performance of a knowable, consumable packaged Indigenous aesthetic? What are the technologies of emergence that we hold tender and close at this moment in time?  How does being in relation with a berry extend into a conversation of critical care-ing technologies?

We ask you to bead alongside us, with us, together, yet not — in this moment of a collective pause. Learn more and register.

June 11 & 18: Decolonization: What does it mean to reclaim our bodies with Nazbah Tom

Nazbah Tom Headshot

Nazbah Tom, Diné, is a somatic practitioner. They support individuals and groups through a process of embodied transformation using a combination of conversation, breath work, new skills, bodywork, and gestures. Their work aims to humanize and reconnect us to ourselves, each other, and our land.

Using a combination of somatic prompts, conversation, and interactive processes, participants will begin an exploration into their somas (mind/body/spirit). Learn more and register.

The Indigenous Artistic Hub is supported by the  and the Jackman Humanities Institute. More events to be announced on the New College website.