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2024 Artist in Residence Program: Mapping Our Stories

Join one Resident Artist Michelle Wilson for the opportunity to connect, share stories, and create. Michelle’s two-part workshop, Mapping our Stories, will explore storytelling, memory mapping, and fibre arts, culminating in the creation of a communal artwork.


The first part of the workshop focuses on oral storytelling and memory mapping, where participants will share stories with one another and record audio narratives.


The second part of the workshop shifts to sewing interactive storytelling maps. Participants will learn sewing skills and how to integrate technology with fibre arts. This will be hands-on and collaborative, culminating in a collectively created work that will be displayed in Wood Buffalo and at the Art Gallery of Guelph and the Indigenous Art Centre in 2025, as a part of Michelle’s work with the Unsettling Conservation Collective. Participants will also recieve an honorarium for their contributions. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and presented as a part of Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s Artist in Residence Program.


The workshops will be offered in Fort McMurray at the Heritage Village Barn on May 5rd and May 13th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Register to be a part of this engaging and thought-provoking workshop in Fort McMurray by signing up through the Mac Calendar.


The workshops will also be offered in Fort Chipewyan on May 10th from 5:30pm-8:00pm and May 11th from 12:00pm-3:00pm at the Fort Chipewyan Bicentennial Museum. Those interested in registering in Fort Chipewyan can do so by calling Rural Arts Support Coordinator Donna Aubichon at (780) 381-5705.