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Aboriginal art park first of its kind in Canada.

A public call has gone out to Aboriginal artists and artist teams throughout Canada for work to be included in the city's Aboriginal art park. The Aboriginal art park was approved as part of the Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan in August 2013. Artworks in diverse mediums as well as contemporary and customary (traditional) disciplines will in some way 'tell the stories of this place' and respond to the land within the Aboriginal art park and/or the land in the region through an engaged process with Edmonton's urban Aboriginal communities, Treaty 6 First Nations, Metis and local Elders and knowledge holders. The selection process will be done in two-stages. Shortlisted artists will participate in a site visit and workshop with curator Candice Hopkins prior to preparing full proposals. Hopkins is a member of the Carcross Tagish First Nation in the Yukon, Gaanax.di clan, a member of the BC Metis Association, and the chief curator of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. "The Aboriginal art park is unique and the first initiative of its kind in Canada," said Hopkins. "I believe that the Aboriginal art park will create a platform for Aboriginal voices, through artworks that will provide a vision for the future." Up to six artworks will be selected. A steering committee that includes representation from the Confederacy of Treaty Six, Metis Nation of Alberta, Elders, Aboriginal artists, the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, and community members provides leadership, strategic direction and advice to the project team as well as ensuring protocols are observed.

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Title Annotation:EDMONTON
Author:Narine, Shari
Publication:Alberta Sweetgrass
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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