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Artists + Community Symposium

March 8, 2012, March 9, 2012

Artists+Community ACI Manitoba







The Artists + Community Symposium will take place March 8 and 9 at the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre (222 Broadway, Winnipeg). It will be an inspiring two day symposium for artists of all disciplines and community members of all backgrounds to explore what can happen when artists + communities work together!

Who should attend? Artists of all disciplines, community activists and developers, program coordinators and directors, and community members.

March 8, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Rick Lowe - "Art in the Social Sphere"

7:30-9:30pm; Free and open to the public
Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre (222 Broadway, Winnipeg)
Presented by the Winnipeg Arts Council

Rick Lowe is an artist who resides in Houston, Texas, whose work seeks to be a catalyst for the transformation of communities. He sees his work as the facilitation of collective expression. Mr. Lowe designs collective actions where the participants are the content, form, and material of his work. The scope of his work ranges from long term projects such as Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas to Small Business/Big Change in Anyang, Korea. Lowe’s lecture titled “Art in the Social Sphere” will chronicle nearly 20 years of his community based, socially engaged work.

March 9, 2012

A full day of activities including moderated panel presentations and workshops, keynote speaker, facilitated roundtable discussions and closing sharing circle.

Artists + Community: 'Un/Defining the Practice' - Leah Decter

Artists + Community: Keynote Speaker - Zach Kunuk

Artists + Community: Stories + Best Practices - panel Jana Mckee, Jeff Nachtigall and Columpa Bobb; moderator Rick Lowe

Artists + Community: Identifying Practical Tools + Skills - facilitated roundtable discussion

9am-2:30pm; ACI members $35; all others $55
Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre (222 Broadway, Winnipeg)

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For more information or to register, contact Lisa at 927-2787 or


Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe is an artist who resides in Houston, Texas. His formal training is in the visual arts. Over the past twenty years he has worked both inside and outside of art world institutions by participating in exhibitions, and developing community based art projects.

In 1993, Rick founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas. In 1997, Rick and Project Row Houses were awarded a silver medal by the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence.

Rick has worked as guest artist on a number of community projects nationally. From 2001-2002, he worked in collaboration with arts consultant Jessica Cusick on the Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library. Rick worked with California based artists Suzanne Lacy and curator Mary Jane Jacobs on the Borough Project for Spoleto Festival 2003, in Charleston, SC and was lead artist on the Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida. In 2005, he worked with the British architect, David Adjaye, on a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park. In 2006, he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans, a collaborative effort to engage artists and creativity in the rebuilding of the City after hurricane Katrina. From 2008- 2009 Rick worked with Wendy Ewald and students at Amherst College to develop the Exchange/Value project. In 2010, Rick developed “Small Business/Big Change” for the Anyang Public Art Program, in Anyang, Korea.

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Zach Kunuk

Zacharias Kunuk (b. 1957, Kapuivik near Igloolik) won the Camera d’Or at Cannes 2001 for Isuma’s first feature, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner. He is president and co-founder in 1990 of Igloolik Isuma Productions, Canada’s first Inuit-owned independent production company. In 1981, Kunuk sold three sculptures in Montreal and brought home the Arctic’s first home video camera. Kunuk’s credits include the short dramas Qaggiq (Gathering Place, 1989), Nunaqpa (Going Inland, 1991) Saputi (Fish Traps, 1993) and documentaries Nipi (Voice, 1999), Nanugiurutiga (My First Polar Bear, 2001) and Kunuk Family Reunion (2004); as well as Isuma’s 13-part TV series Nunavut (Our Land, 1995), broadcast on Bravo! and exhibited at Dokumenta 11 in 2002. Having completed the documentary Kiviaq versus Canada, Kunuk is shooting his latest documentary Exile. Kunuk is the winner of the National Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Canada.

Leah Decter

Leah Decter is Winnipeg based inter-media artist whose work integrates video and other digital Leah Decter Artists+Community Symposiummedia, textiles, performance and dialogic/social practice.
She has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally in the US, UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Malta. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and is held in the collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery as well as private collections in Canada, US and UK. Decter's social practice has included large-scale collaborative public art and intervention projects in Vancouver, Toronto and Winnipeg. She holds an MFA in New Media from Berlin-based Transart Institute.

Columpa Bobb

Columpa Bobb is the great grand daughter of Chief Dan George who was chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. She has been active in many different art disciplines including acting, photography and writing poetry and plays.

Inspired by Aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal and her artistic parents, Bobb began attending theatre school at 16, and has been fully immersed in the arts ever since. Many of her plays have been produced all across Canada. She has been nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the James Buller Award. In 1997 she won a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in Firehall Theatre's production of Drew Hayden Taylor's Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth.

She is currently the Program Director and instructor, teaching classes for the Aboriginal Arts Training & Mentorship Program at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she resides. The program serves about 325 students per year and is free of charge to all participants.

Jana McKeeJana McKee Artists+Community Symposium

Jana Mckee has been involved in Community Development (CD) and Education for the past 10 years, both in a paid and voluntary capacity, as a facilitator and as a participant. She began her journey five years ago in New Zealand in the province of Taranaki. It was there Jana first learned and experienced the sustainable impact working from a CD lens when working with middle to low income communities. The last five years Jana has been practicing Community Development within the education system in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is currently completing a thesis exploring the collaborative relationship between Community Development and Education.


Jeff Nachtigall

Jeff Nachtigall earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Regina in 1993. As a painter, Jeff Nachtigallprintmaker and sculpture, his work has been widely exhibited throughout North America, and is represented in a number of private and public collections. He has participated in a number of residencies across Canada and regularly lectures and facilitates workshops at post secondary institutions in Canada and the United States.

In 2006 Nachtigall developed an Open Studio model for healthcare. The Open Studio is based on the philosophy that we are all born artists and that art is our first language. This visual language transcends barriers and has the ability to bring people with diverse backgrounds together, and act as a vehicle for change, healing and hope.

In 2011 Nachtigall co-founded Make Work Projects, a 2000 sq ft. storefront studio and sometimes art project space located in the Riversdale district in downtown Saskatoon. He is a passionate speaker and has received international acclaim, recently delivering a TEDx Talk in 2011.