Artist workshops to focus on reconciliation

A unique set of workshops for artists is coming up in May and June to explore the topic of reconciliation.

A unique set of workshops for artists is coming up in May and June to explore the topic of reconciliation.

“Reconciliation is both a personal journey and a public process,” says Anne Burrill, the city’s manager of social development.

“We are inviting First Nations and non-First Nations artists to participate in an interactive workshop on May 12 to explore reconciliation and then create a piece of artwork that is reflective of their experience, thoughts and ideas following the workshop.”

She says a second workshop will be held in late June for artists to share their work and their process for creating each piece.

Artists will then be invited to contribute their work to a show at the Station House Gallery during the month of September.

The workshops will be held at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre and be co-facilitated by Sheila Dick and Anne Burrill and are open to equal numbers of First Nations and non-First Nations artists.

Artists are asked to register in advance in order to better plan for the workshop.

Lunch will be provided and health supports will be available on site.

The artists’ workshops are sponsored by the Orange Shirt Day Committee with the support of the City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, School District 27 and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.

The workshops are part of the ongoing national and local efforts to reconcile the 100 years of Canadian history when Aboriginal children were removed from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run, residential schools.

To register contact Anne Burrill at 250-392-8480 or by email at aburrill@williamslake.ca

 

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