Welcome to our Handbook!
This new page is a work in progress.
The valued artist is the one who teaches our youth.
At 'Pass The Feather' we support community artists - meaning the artists in our FNMI communities that area passing down their knowledge to younger generations. These people are seldom 'established' artists and that's exactly why the pages to come have been written.
Some of our artists are disabled, elders or home makers and others are remote or financially vulnerable. None of these reasons are good enough to stop making your art. In fact, we believe that some of the very best art comes from exactly those people.
At 'Pass The Feather' we couldn't give a hoot if you have a résumé or a CV. We don't care if your work has been in an exhibition, had a good review or won an award. All we care about is that you are making art, passing your knowledge to our youth and that if you need help, we will be there for you.
We are not all going to be the Morrisseau, the Belcourt, the Jungen, the Ray or the Buffy...we are just trying to survive.
So over the following weeks...months and maybe years, the AACC will continue to post what we think is valuable for artists to know. Things like selling on social media sites, photographing your work, marketing your work, applying for grant money and submitting to exhibitions.
YOU ARE AN ARTIST by ANY definition.
You see, if you want to go there, we will try to help. If you want teach, we will try to help. If you just want to paint, sew, bead, carve and create, we are totally in your corner!!
If you have questions or something that you'd like to learn about in particular, please let us know and we will do our very best to help.
Take all of this advice, take none of this advice - it doesn't matter. What matters is that you are happy. YOU ARE AN ARTIST by any definition and there is no 'organization', 'school', 'artist' or 'agent' anywhere that should every make you compromise why or how you make art.
Wish us luck as we begin this journey of learning together.