Indigenous Arts Conference

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Tansi! Tawnshi! Tawow! Shé:kon! Annii! Boozhoo! Kwey Kwey! ᐊᐃ

The AACC is very pleased to be working on this monumental project with partners, friends, artists and community members.

The purpose of this project is to provide workshops to people who need access to learning traditional Indigenous art forms and are women entrepreneurs in need of small business resources.

Art workshops are focused on Indigenous women who are subject to restricted budgets and cannot normally afford Indigenous arts workshops,  or have been disconnected from their family/community and culture and seek to (re)connect with traditional teachings. Secondarily, the conference will offer a gathering place central to many urban FNMI individuals for knowledge sharing.

We welcome all who share our concerns for endangered Indigenous art form and artists and thank those who have already offered their support to this small initiative including Elders, knowledge-keepers, partners artists and volunteers.

This project is in it's preliminary phase and will rely heavily on funding and volunteers.

If you'd like to volunteer, please email contact@passthefeather.org.

If you'd like to know more about the AACC, please explore our website.

Indigenous Art Conference | Ottawa

A free event for learning, sharing and empowering Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs.

The objective of this conference

 is to ensure that knowledge of traditional Indigenous art forms are taught and shared across our communities and that we obtain the information we need to teach the next generation of Indigenous artists. Economic and social inclusion, reconciliation and equality are our main priorities.
• We all have the right to learn how to make the things that our ancestors made – regardless of financial status.•
• We all have a responsibility to teach our youth the history and spirituality that comes with creating hand made items. •
This conference intends to offer all or some the following free workshops to Indigenous adults:

Indigenous Arts Education

drum making
birch bark biting
tufting
fish scale art
beadwork
painting
basketry
quill work
warrior bracelets
smudge feathers/feather bundles
•   •   •   •   •

Entrepreneurship | Business Development

web design for small business
social media marketing
product photography
completing grant applications
merchant services (credit card machines)
business banking
business education
....and more!

We Empower Indigenous Entrepreneurs in the Arts in Partnership With:

Educational Solutions for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Vendor Booths | Workshop Facilitators

Applications for workshop facilitation and vending are now closed.
 
WORKSHOPS:
If you do not know Dawn Setford personally, please include your workshop experience and art form in your email. Add photos of your work. Add price per participant and make sure you categorize materials, artist fees and travel expenses.
 
VENDORS:
We are ONLY looking for vendors and artists that create traditional hand made arts with products sourced on Turtle Island. Add photos of your work.
 
For this event:
You MUST be First Nations, Métis or Inuit to teach or sell your work. We are an inclusive organization and believe that Indigenous nations are diverse and valuable only collectively and cooperatively. You must self-identify and have learned your art form through your Indigenous spirituality, Elders, and/or family. 
Traditional teachings WILL be the focus of every workshop ensuring that people have Indigenous context to the product that they make or skill they learn.
 
For example:
 
• Drum workshop may include activity/information on the birthing of a drum
• Smudge Feathers will include bird medicines and spiritual concepts of smudging
• Painting will include teachings such as the medicine wheel colours, pictoral symbolism
• Dancing will include teachings behind movements and regalia (jingle dress, stomp dance)
 
All vendors and workshop facilitators will be contacted when funding is secured.

Vendors can also submit the letter of participation via this web form below.

IAC Vendor Participation
Enter your Indigenous territory, nation or membership here.
If you have a website, Facebook page, Etsy page, etc., please enter it here.
If you have a website, Facebook page, Etsy page, etc., please enter it here.
If you have a website, Facebook page, Etsy page, etc., please enter it here.
Please describe what you intend to sell as a vendor at the IAC. Note: all products must be hand made with materials sourced on Turtle Island.
Is all of your work hand made and all materials sourced on Turtle Island?
Please describe where you learned your art form.
Please upload photos of your work here.
Please upload photos of your work here.
Please upload photos of your work here.
Please upload photos of your work here.
Please upload photos of your work here.
Your participation in this event is appreciated. Please check below to acknowledge your commitment.
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Workshop Facilitators can also submit the letter of participation below via this webform.

IAC Workshop Facilitator Participation
Enter your Indigenous territory, nation or membership here.
If you have a website, Facebook page, Etsy page, etc., please enter it here.
If you have a website, Facebook page, Etsy page, etc., please enter it here.
If you have a website, Facebook page, Etsy page, etc., please enter it here.
Please describe what you intend to teach as a workshop facilitator at the IAC. Include details like workshop experience and who taught your your art form.
Workshop facilitators provide their own materials and supplies. Be sure to cover material costs, artists fee and travel expenses in your fee per person to ensure you are covering all of your expenses.
What is the maximum and minimum number of workshop participants you need to cover your expenses?
Are all the materials in your workshop sourced on Turtle Island?
Upload photos of your work or workshops.
Upload photos of your work or workshops.
Upload photos of your work or workshops.
Your interest in this event is appreciated. Please check below to acknowledge your commitment.
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