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2020 Creatives In Residence

In 2020 we launched our new Creatives in Residence program – a series of 10 feature programs produced together with artists and partner organizations across the province. Meeting the challenges of 2020 head on, these programs found ways to connect with audiences and ensure that arts & culture could be enjoyed by everyone.

Didn’t have a chance to catch it all? Check out our full list of residents below and discover what programs were on offer.

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Anishinaabe Resilience Through Fashion and Design – Indigenous Friendship Centre and Art Gallery of Algoma – Sault Ste Marie

The Sault Ste Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre (IFC) and the Art Gallery of Algoma have partnered for the past few years on an in-gallery demonstration and fashion show of Anishinaabe women’s ribbon skirts. This year, as a result of the pandemic, the program was re-imaged into a photoshoot, with participants from the IFC showing their new creations alongside their close family and friends. The series for the first time also included Ribbon Shirts, creating an opportunity for men from the IFC to get involved.

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From Food to Palette – Ottawa – Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar

In the early stages of the pandemic, multidisciplinary artist Kanika Gupta was inspired by the scarcity found among grocery store shelves and the challenge of shopping for food, and wanted to think about how people could make art when supplies were limited. For Festival 2020, Kanika showed us how to make natural watercolour paints out of everyday food items, like turmeric, beets and blueberries. In each workshop, directed by cinematographer Amit Kehar, participants learned how to extract colour from produce, and picked up some watercolour painting tips. Participants could also request a kit, made up of a brush and watercolour paper, to be mailed out to them.

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INDIGENESIS: Cooking Lessons with Pre-Contact Ingredients & Techniques – Tamara Green, Port Perry

Produced in partnership with Scugog Council for the Arts with support from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

Chef Tamara Green focuses on the intersection of research and menu development, rooted in the use of pre-colonial ingredients adapted for contemporary kitchens. For her Festival 2020 program, Green created an entree of a bison roast paired with a blackberry sauce. Working with Scugog Council for the Arts, Green recorded a cooking demonstration which highlighted the history of the ingredients, and their use in Indigenous cooking. Participants were provided with a list of ingredients, allowing people to try the recipe at home.

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Anishinaabe Language Series – Matthew Stevens, Port Perry

Produced in partnership with Scugog Council for the Arts with support from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

Ontario Culture Days collaborated with Scugog Council for the Arts to produce a series of videos on local Indigenous language and identity, built off of the existing relationship Scugog Arts has with the nearby Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

Matthew Smith, the Cultural Coordinator of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, created a series of short videos on the Anishinaabe language. The videos were paired with a recorded conversation with Scugog Arts Vice President of the Board, Jonathan Colwell, on First Nations identity within Canada. Throughout the talk, Stevens and Colwell highlighted core Indigenous values, teachings and place names that are rooted in Canada today, while pointing out the richness that is lost when assuming a pan-Indigenous identity throughout the country.

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Settler How-Tos from Lynde House Museum – Lynde House Museum – Whitby

As part of the Ontario Culture Days festival each year, Lynde House Museum hosts an immersive living history experience on the grounds of their Georgian-era historic house.

As part of their 2020 Residency, they produced a series of videos on early settler heritage activities — showing how to spin wool, create rag dolls, and make Darby cakes. Each video shared a bit of history, outlined how these items would have been made at Lynde House in the 19th century, and showed participants how they could follow along at home.

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The Longest Drop – Puppet Performance and Workshop – Kornel Wolak and Clelia Scala – Kingston

Professional puppet designer Clelia Scala and clarinet soloist Kornel Wolak teamed up to show us how shadow puppets and music can tell a story. In 1979, a 17-year-old from Toronto set a world record by dropping an egg from inside the CN tower into a specially designed net. Inspired by this fantastic tale, Wolak and Scala created a shadow puppet performance filled with fun, whimsy, and a few aliens!

In addition to the performance, Scala recorded a workshop on how to create your own shadow puppets at home. She walked participants through how to make a shadow box and create the puppet, as well as tips on story-craft.

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Culture Days @ the Toronto Public Library

As part of our ongoing partnership with TPL, we hosted five live digital programs throughout the Culture Days festival.

Artists included:

Learn more about the full Culture Days @ the Library program here.