Contemporary Canadian artist collaborates with Island First Nations youth

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As part of their fourth annual outdoor art festival, Art in the Open will be facilitating several artist residencies in the lead-up to their main event on Aug. 23.

One of the artists selected is Indigenous artist Jordan Bennett who will work with youth from both the Abegweit First Nations and Lennox Island communities.

Bennett, who hails from the West Coast of Newfoundland, is a multidisciplinary artist of Mi’kmaq descent whose work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and the United States.  

In partnership with the Mi’Kmaq Confederacy, Bennett will engage with Island First Nations youth through hands-on workshops, offering the chance collaborate creatively with a nationally recognized contemporary artist, while reflecting on place, identity, and culture.

The workshops will be held in Lennox Island on Aug. 19 and in Scotchford on Aug. 21. The workshops will involve wheat-pasting –a traditional poster hanging technique- as well as an audio/video component which encompasses storytelling and shared identity. Bennett’s residency runs from Aug. 18-22. The work created during the residency will be on display at the Art in the Open Festival on Aug. 23, from 4 p.m. until midnight.

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Organizations: Island First Nations, Abegweit First Nations

Geographic location: Lennox Island, West Coast, Newfoundland Canada United States Scotchford

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