Call for Local Indigenous Artist
Art has the ability to advance reconciliation by serving as a process to facilitate awareness, dialogue and understanding. To foster its ongoing commitment to reconciliation with First Nations and Métis communities, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is commissioning a local Indigenous artist, or artist team, to create an artwork for Council Chambers that will respectfully display the rich cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Treaty 8 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, and the unceded territory of the Métis.
The selected artist, or artist team, will have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion with Knowledge Keepers designated by participating First Nation and Métis communities and organizations.
Proposed as part of this initiative is a Sharing Circle to support the selected artist, or artist team in developing a concept for the final artwork. The Sharing Circle is to be comprised of the selected artists/artist team, designated Knowledge Keepers from each participating First Nation and Métis communities/organizations and other interested members from the participating communities /organizations. The goal of the process is that the voices and perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Treaty 8 and the traditional Métis Territory in the region are equitably infused into the design concept of the final artwork(s). The appointed Knowledge Keepers will approve the final artwork design by consensus.
The selected artist(s) will collaborate with the Municipality to install the final artwork within the newly renovated Council Chambers.
Applications will be reviewed and approved by the designated Knowledge Keepers from participating communities/organizations in a facilitated panel discussion. The lead artist/artist team will be selected by group consensus.
For details, visit https://www.rmwb.ca/en/indigenous-and-rural-relations/indigenous-artwork-for-council-chambers.aspx.
Deadline: 3:00 pm (MST), Thursday, March 25, 2021.