Socially Engaged Art

​ Canadian Artist in Residence Tour

Added on by Zachary Gough.


 
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Starting in late October, I'll be participating in three residency programs over three months in at three arts organizations in three very different parts of Canada.

November 2013 Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

I'll be at KIAC in Dawson City, Yukon building an outdoor ice rink and presenting it as an art space.  I'm hoping to work with a collection of community members who will serve as stewards to the rink.  We will discuss the nature of a free community ice rink as a symbol for all community events and discuss the problem of unpaid labour necessary for non-capitalist community endeavors.  We'll also develop programming for the rink, and collectively decide it's rules.  Additionally, I'll be collaborating with high school students in Dawson to produce some site-specific radio - hopefully some coverage of events on the ice rink!

December 2013 Windsor and Region Artist in Residence Program

Through the awcr, my plan is to set up a pirate FM radio station in a senior's residence.  The goal is to construct a framework wherein residents can alter the dialogue in their own community using a medium with which they are already familiar.  The radio booth will be made accessible to residents, staff and visitors.  In some cases the radio booth will come to the residents for whom mobility is an issue.  The content of the programming will be as far reaching as the imaginations of the participants: music, interviews, poetry readings, trivia shows, live musical performance.

January 2014 CHMA 106.9 FM Sackville's Campus Community Radio

For the month of January I'll be connecting new communities to the community radio station affiliated with Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.  In partnership with Struts Gallery, I'll facilitate intro radio educational programing and develop local radio focused on issues that matter to the community.  The programming will strive to connect people across generational, cultural, and socio-economic divides, invigorate and diversify engagement with CHMA, enable youth to investigate community issues for themselves, and act as a model for how radio can be used in the future.