2017-18 Programming

WIAprojects 2017-18 Programming

For 2017-18 WIAprojects will investigate "what socially-engaged community practice looks like" - how we energize our research as feminists in dialogue with communities through the arts. 

October 02, 2017 to Jan 26, 2018: "leaning in"  by the NEXTDOOR Project Group facilitated by Candace Wilkins

A documentary exhibit exploring the expressive arts project, NEXTDOOR from Belleville Ontario facilitated by our 2016-17 community-based researcher Candace Wilkins. Wall work will be by participants and include documentation of this weekly drop-in’s events. A film co-edited and shot by Lennie Epstein may be premiered at the opening.

NEXTDOOR is an inclusive arts-based group in downtown Belleville, Ontario that promotes creativity, poetry, the practice of loving kindness meditation, non-­judgment and compassion. The goal of NEXTDOOR is to support mental health by creating a safe space where individuals can come together on a weekly basis. This program is accessible with no cost to the participants.This group is for those aged 18+

February 2018: NASTY GRLS: Lillian Allen & Joanna Black 

Toronto, dub poet, activist and writer Lillian Allen and Manitoba artist, activist and educator Joanna Black will now be the focus for our February exhibition. We did not, unfortunately, get enough submissions for the group show to run it.

As socially-engaged cultural workers both Black and Allen facilitate and animate artists'  and educators' work within precarious communities. Both women, while are professors at universities, value partnerships, process, and collaboration toward action in community.

May 2018: The Canadian Postcard Project

 Teacher and artist Mallory Diaczun will provide a retrospective on her long-running project with Toronto school children and contemporary artists. 
The Canadian Postcard Project
The Canadian Postcard Project is a research initiative designed to connect secondary students in a suburban middle school with contemporary, Canadian artists. The project invites all emerging and established professionals from across the country to participate in a simple postcard exchange. It begins with each student choosing an artist/artwork s/he admires and then s/he creates a postcard in reflection of that chosen piece. Once the student artwork is made and mailed, the Canadian artist then sends an artwork in the form of a postcard back in response. 
Through this project, Mallory facilitates cooperative learning and collaboration through an authentic dialogue between young and practicing artists. The Canadian Postcard Project brings Canadian artwork into the public school realm, and helps educate youth on different styles, mediums, and themes that are taking place countrywide. This year, for 2016-17, she also includes developmentally delayed students.

From Mallory April 2017: “The students were asked to use your artwork to become inspired, and to respond with an artwork that would pair well with yours. I asked them to still focus on things that they like; There are three classes involved this year - Grade 11, Grade 12, and a Developmentally Delayed class. Because of this, the skill levels range, but each student put forth their best time and effort when creating their work; They are extremely excited for your responses! They have expressed to me how they are "real" artists now that they are working with other real artists. There is definitely a great buzz going around the school!”