Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria
Friday, March 1, 5-7pm
As a way to gather and welcome the beginning of an exciting and eventful month of programming, we want to invite members of the community to join us at Open Space for a Territory welcome followed by a reception.
For more information and registration please follow the link:
(Please note: registration is for the month-long series of conversations, of which this reception is a part).
Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria is a series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community. This program of events is a partnership among Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, the Indigenous Arts Collective, the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria and Open Space, along with other individuals and organizations.
The presence of Indigenous artists and artists of colour is increasing within Victoria’s Eurocentric arts organizations. Many presentations dealing with this cultural and racial diversity have taken place over the last year in various Victoria arts and academic communities. It is difficult, if not impossible, to appropriately address the myriad of issues that arise with a one-off panel or keynote.
In response to the need for a prolonged and profound conversation about how we create supportive and sustainable relationships between and within artists and arts organizations, Open Space and partners have developed a series of conversations to be held every weekend of March. The events will build towards and culminate in a two-day symposium and community feast Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31. Full details and schedules for this month’s conversations are available online here. We ask that those intending to participate to please register in advance.
We are excited to announce that this conversation series will be complemented by a series of dynamic and engaging public performances by Elisa Harkins (March 9),Arahmaiani (March 17), and Alex Taylor McCallum (March 29)—see more below, and stay tuned to the Open Space website for further details!
We hope you will join us as we seek to continue to strengthen relationships within our arts communities, hold critical conversations, and present exciting work.