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Workshops for Aboriginal Artists and for Nunavut Artists
posted on 12:15 PM, December 17, 2015

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December 16, 2015

The Art of Managing Your Career Workshops for Aboriginal Artists and for Nunavut Artists

CHRC is pleased and proud to announce that The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) Workshop for Aboriginal Artists and The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) Workshops for Nunavut Artists are now available on our Web site at www.culturalhrc.ca.

The TAMYC Workshop for Aboriginal Artists includes 135 slides, a Trainer's Guide and a Participant's Workbook. This rich and powerful material covers the 5 chapters in TAMYC, while also giving Aboriginal artists a context for their art: e.g., through a unique exercise in cultural mapping; some history of the treatment of Aboriginal art in Canada; and consideration of the placement of their art in the public, commercial and/or community realms. It delves into the sensitive area of protocols. It weaves in examples of successful Aboriginal artists to make its points and to inspire.

Métis artist and educator France Trépanier has drawn on her many years of experience as a visual artist, writer, trainer and advocate for Aboriginal art and artists to create this exceptional workshop. She was guided by a Steering Committee of senior Aboriginal artists from across the country and the sector. 

In order to help seed the workshop throughout Aboriginal communities, CHRC delivered the workshop as a pilot to trainees from across the country in a train-the-trainer session - in English at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, and in French at the Ashukan Cultural Centre in Montreal.

The project was funded mainly through a generous donation from the Counselling Foundation of Canada. The train-the-trainer sessions were supported by the Government of British Columbia, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, Creative Manitoba, the Government of the Yukon, the Government of the NWT, Miziwe Biik (Aboriginal Employment and Training Organization in Ontario), and JEDI (Joint Economic Development Initiative Inc.) in New Brunswick - all who sent trainees to the workshop and will now work with them to deliver the workshop at home.

The TAMYC Workshops for Nunavut Artists, funded by the Government of Nunavut, were created for visual artists/craftspeople, performing artists, and filmmakers. Each includes a Power Point presentation, a detailed Trainer's Guide for Inuit trainers who are being prepared to continue to deliver the workshops, and a Participant's Workbook with handouts.

CHRC engaged experienced educator and trainer Sibyl Frei (who authored and piloted CHRC's TAMYC Post-Secondary Teacher's Guide) to prepare and deliver the workshops. She worked with a small team of Inuit advisors: filmmaker Qajaaq Ellsworth, performing artist Celina Kalluk, and visual artist Lavinia Van Heuvelen, and in close consultation with others in the Nunavut arts community. The 3-day workshop can be delivered in modules to suit the availability of artists. The first workshop was offered to Inuit visual artists in Rankin Inlet in August. Others will follow for performing artists and filmmakers in the coming months.

Parallel to the workshops was the updating of the 8 TAMYC discipline enhancements to include Aboriginal-specific information, links and examples. They will be released in mid-December 2015.


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