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Road Map Action 2

Create spaces, events and opportunities to show and grow the talents of Indigenous Edmontonians.

Road Map Timeline: Years 1 - 5

EPE Strategy priority alignment: #4 - Provide opportunities where Indigenous people in poverty can "show and grow" their talents and abilities.


Initiative Name:
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

Initiative Lead Organization:
ENDPOVERTYEDMONTON INDIGENOUS CIRCLE

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The EndPovertyEdmonton Indigenous Circle hosted a table at Aboriginal Day 2017 festivities in Victoria Park. The days events featured an opening prayer and blessing from an elder, dancers, singers, and drummers and the artworks of Indigenous artists experiencing poverty. The artwork was available for sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists themselves.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS THAT WERE INVOLVED.

 


Initiative Name:
INDIGENOUS ARTIST ENGAGEMENT

Initiative Lead Organization:
CITY OF EDMONTON

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On February 24, 2018 the City of Edmonton met with local Indigenous artists to review and prioritize options that would be most helpful to Indigenous artists in growing their arts and business practices.  This session helped to identify their barriers, needs and aspirations as artists and entrepreneurs. This engagement session started the work towards the I.A.M. Collective and many attendees are still engaged members of the Collective.

 


Initiative Name:
INDIGENOUS ARTIST MARKET COLLECTIVE

Initiative Lead / Backbone support Organization:
CITY OF EDMONTON

 

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A community group of Indigenous artists and artisans is working on ways to raise awareness of traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts and to help each other move past barriers to selling their artwork and products. Currently, the I. A. M. Indigenous Artist Market Collective is in early stages, working through business planning, getting out into the community, and exploring needs.

They have a shifting roster of artists that participate in community events, including presenting original artwork and wares for sale at the City Market weekly. Traditional dancers and drummers from the Collective acted as buskers at the City Market on June 16 in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2018.

 

The I. A. M. Collective has also participated in:

  • The City of Edmonton Indigenous Artist Engagement Session

  • The Works Festival 2018

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day Festival 2018 at Victoria Park

  • The Interstellar Rodeo 2018 Market

 

The Collective has held:

  • a materials swap and trade event for local Indigenous artists and artisans to reduce barriers to accessing them.

  • a Business Development Workshop aimed at providing basic information on starting an art/artisan business and exploring different models of business such as cooperatives.

 

The Collective has been invited as vendors at:

  • Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2019

 

They will also be seen at:

  • 2018 United Nations Safe Cities Global Forum, where the collective is providing 350 beaded lanyards for delegates.

  • the ATB Financial sponsored Indigenous Art Exhibit running in August to November of 2018

 

On August 30, 2018, the I. A. M. Indigenous Artist Market Collective will be holding its first-ever fundraising event to support ongoing efforts to raise awareness and sustain the activities of the group. ATB Financial will be providing a robust sponsorship package including exhibit space, fees and other costs for the event.  

 

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Public and MEDIA INQUIRY CONTACT: i.a.m.collective2018@gmail.com


Last Updated: August 8, 2018