Art produced during Cultural Reclamation Through Graffiti workshop
The 2017 Kulus Workshops resulted in a mixture of Coast Salish art and Pacific West Coast Formline. Not only did the murals and projects add vibrancy to the city but exposed new cultural understandings and created a sense of pride for youth when seeing their work on display.
Here's a little bit more about the workshops:
Cultural Reclamation Through Graffiti
Number of workshops: 9 x 3hr workshops
Partners: Urban Native Youth Association, Collingwood C.R.E.W. Mentorship Program, and Lu’ma Native Housing BC
Participants: 15-20 per workshop and the participants were between the ages of 10-17.
Description: The “Cultural Reclamation Through Graffiti ” series incorporates indigenous traditional knowledge while developing and playing with graffiti and urban art styles. Participants are invited to actively visualize and embody the Seven Sacred Teachings while they discuss and learn them. The text of the teaching is transformed into a visual representation as participants are taught how to express their own graffiti-style text of the word (i.e. the teaching about Truth is transformed into graffiti-style lettering). Imagery is added to the words such as animals, medicine wheels, and other cultural symbols that are relevant to their personal history, lives, and teachings.
Number of workshops: 9 x 3hr workshops.
Partners: Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Community C.R.E.W. and IndigenEYEZ.
Participants: 15-20 participants between the ages of 15-25
Workshop Description: Our "Painted Hides" series integrates a mix of practical artist skills and traditional Indigenous teachings to create life-size pre-cut canvases simulating tanned animal hides. Participants learn to scale-up digital imagery using projectors and tracing to make designs. The imagery ranges from traditional Indigenous symbols to meme-culture to community canoe team logos. This workshop will support the development of cultural self-esteem as youth take pride in seeing their art displayed at events and festivals around the city.