This youth-led project involved the creative exploration of RESURGENCE, a theme that delved into our connection with nature, the power of telling personal stories; and the impact of colonialism on our indigenous community. The project involved collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples on the Sunshine Coast, including children, youth, elders and professional artists. During the project, youth facilitated a creative nature-based camp for children, after-school arts workshops and an exhibition at the Art Crawl.
- February to November 2017
- IndigenEYEZ & Youth-Lead workshops
- Children’s Art and Nature Camps
- Art Show and Project Showcase
IndigenEYEZ and Youth-Lead Workshops
The first component of RESURGENCE involved a mentorship workshop for the team with IndigenEYEZ, an Okanagan-based organization committed to transforming communities through youth empowerment. In the spring, youth and adults from the Sunshine Coast were invited to participate in this one-day workshop. One of our Emerging Artists, Ecko Aleck, facilitated a second community workshop in Sechelt, BC. Meaningful connections were made as we dove into the painful past, and waded through the potential ways forward in reconciliation.
Emerging artists facilitated two programs for children exploring the theme of Resurgence. The group utilized techniques inspired by traditional First Nation’s storytelling as well as new technology and modern media. Emerging artists were supported through mentorship and training provided by professional artists and indigenous facilitators as they learned to inspire and engage a younger audience to tell their own story using a wide variety of art mediums.
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl Showcase
This involved a journey of cultural awakening, through live art, sound, visuals, and theatre. It included experiential art at the historic Rockwood Lodge, spoken word poetry and traditional dance by Ecko Aleck, live visuals and sound installation, collaborative community engagement pieces, and authentic and vulnerable story telling; it was an a emotional journey for the senses.
Special thanks to our 2017 Resurgence partners, sponsors and funders.