Lynnwood Arts has opened their doors with the launch of the exhibit Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together. The exhibit, in partnership with the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board, and support from Peace Hills Trust, features five Indigenous artists, Michael Barber, Tristyn Day, Julie Mallon, Nikki Shawana, and Michael Green. The exhibit opened on June 9 and closes on June 30.
In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the project is shining a light on artists that are creating new and vibrant works, while at the same time, honouring the traditions of their ancestors. This exhibition features a variety of art disciplines and helps to foster the building of student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
Throughout the month of June, more than 650 school students across Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk will tour Lynnwood Arts and participate in workshops conducted by the five artists.
These artists will share their process, wisdom, and culture with local students. Through the various workshops, students will paint spirit animals from the Seven Grandfather Teachings, learn hoop dancing, and create dream catchers.
“Lynnwood is thrilled to showcase these five outstanding Indigenous artists. The opportunity for school students to participate in workshops with the artists provides a lasting opportunity to open their minds and gain a better understanding of Indigenous teachings and traditions,” said Kim Shippey, Director of Lynnwood Arts. “We are so excited to officially open our doors and I cannot think of a more fitting exhibit for this revitalization of Lynnwood than the Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together Exhibit.”
Moving forward, Lynnwood Arts will present Summer Camp programs, with support from the Rotary Club of Simcoe, throughout the months of July and August. In the fall, Lynnwood’s Artist Professional Development Workshop Series, presented by the RBC Foundation and the New Horizons for Seniors Program, will provide workshops from September to November in business basics, financial literacy, grant writing, marketing, and social networking skills.
Visit www.lynnwoodarts.ca for all the details on their programs and events.