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Inaugural Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence Program Welcome Reception

  • Akin King 511 King St West Toronto Canada (map)

Akin is thrilled to welcome Wyandot multimedia artist and Tradition Keeper Catherine Tammaro (Taǫmęˀšreˀ) to our organization as the inaugural Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence - a relationship based on communication, creativity, awareness/visibility and relationship building between creative settler and Indigenous folk. This initiative will help Akin work toward maintaining its treaty responsibilities with Indigenous Peoples per the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between allied nations to care for and share the resources in the Great Lakes Region.

Catherine will hold open studio hours to engage with studio members and our larger community, provide creative and spiritual support for Indigenous artists and collaborate with Akin on initiatives prioritizing Indigenous artists and cultural producers. We understand that we have a lot of work to do in better supporting Indigenous folk, and making our spaces safe and enjoyable. This unique residency program is one step that we have worked together on for several months, and while excited, Akin recognizes the work we still have ahead of us.

The first event will be a gathering on the evening of February 15th, 2019 at Akin King (511 King St West). Stay tuned for more details.

About Catherine Tammaro:
Catherine Tammaro was born in Toronto, and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of art making, including painting, fine art and award-winning design, theatre, soundscape/installation, musical collaboration, photographic/written journalism and extensive digital work/graphic design. Her multi-media works have been exhibited in traditional/alternative gallery spaces and her written works and musical compositions have been published in various online blogs and installations.

A special thank you to our friend and advisor Rania El Mugammar whose support has made this program possible.

Earlier Event: February 9
Akin's Winter Art Crawl
Later Event: February 21
Akin at the Artist Project